By Jueseppi B.
From The Associated Press:
By JULIE PACE
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans “definitely shouldn’t give up” on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government.
Obama said public interest far exceeded the government’s expectations, causing technology glitches that thwarted millions of Americans when trying to use government-run health care websites.
“Folks are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times,” he said.
The federal gateway website was taken down for repairs over the weekend, again hindering people from signing up for insurance.
In this week’s address, President Obama said that Republicans in the House of Representatives chose to shut down the government over a health care law they don’t like. He urged the Congress to pass a budget that funds our government, with no partisan strings attached. The President made clear he will work with anyone of either party on ways to grow this economy, create new jobs, and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul – but not under the shadow of these threats to our economy.
President Obama and Vice President Biden at Taylor Gourmet, October 4, 2013
October 04, 2013 | 4:32 |Public Domain
President Obama and Vice President Biden visit Taylor Gourmet, a small business in Washington, D.C., to thank them for providing a 10% discount (and a cookie) to furloughed employees (October 4, 2013).
President Obama: Join Team Obamacare
Published on Oct 5, 2013
To commemorate the historic day when the health insurance marketplace opens, President Obama took the time to send a message to the Obamacare supporters all across the country.
Visit barackobma.com/obamacare to join Team Obamacare.
Statement by the Press Secretary on Cancellation of the President’s Trip to Asia
Due to the government shut-down, President Obama’s travel to Indonesia and Brunei has been cancelled. The President made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government. Secretary Kerry will lead delegations to both countries in place of the President.
The cancellation of this trip is another consequence of the House Republicans forcing a shutdown of the government. This completely avoidable shutdown is setting back our ability to create jobs through promotion of U.S. exports and advance U.S. leadership and interests in the largest emerging region in the world. The President looks forward to continuing his work with our allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific and to returning to the region at a later date.
Readout of the President’s call to President Yudhoyono of Indonesia
President Obama called President Yudhoyono of Indonesia tonight. The President expressed his appreciation for President Yudhoyono’s strong leadership of the APEC Summit. He expressed his regret that the ongoing government shutdown in the United States will prevent him from attending the Summit. He reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Indonesia partnership, and his personal affection for the people of Indonesia, and said that Secretary Kerry will take his place in Bali.
Readout of the President’s call to the Sultan of Brunei
President Obama called the Sultan of Brunei tonight. The President expressed his appreciation for the Sultan’s strong leadership of the ASEAN and EAS Summits. He expressed his regret that the ongoing government shutdown in the United States will prevent him from attending the Summits. He reaffirmed the importance of the partnership between the United States and Brunei, and his commitment to the U.S.-ASEAN relationship, and said that Secretary Kerry will take his place in Brunei.
October 4th, 2013: Photo of the Day
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