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TODAY   |  October 30, 2013

Report warned of Obamacare site flaws

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will face a Republican-led house committee, which has new information that a report showed the website’s flaws one month before the site launched. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>> let us start with our top story today, a new problem for the president and the federal health care website. the report of advanced warnings before it's troubled launch. peter alexander has more on this. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, we'll show you the details in a moment. but first, the private contractor that hosts a significant part of the obama care website suffered another system outage overnight as the health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius prepares to defend against new criticism today. today it's kathleen sebelius 's turn on the hot seat.

>> it's one of those classics either you fail to plan or plan to fail and we'll seek answers in that regard.

>> reporter: law makers will be armed with evidence of warnings about the crippled website one month before it launched. overnight nbc news obtained this status report from health care .gov's main contractor indicating cgi reported significant concerns whether the site was ready to go. one says top risks currently opening and not adequate to complete full functional system and integration activities.

>> this has not lived up to our expectations or the expectation of the american people .

>> reporter: following the medicare chief who testified and apologized tuesday, sebelius will read nearly identical remarks. the initial consumer experience of health care .gov has not lived up to the expectation of the people and is not acceptable.

>> today president obama will tout the benefit of the affordable care act but the white house is on the offensive.

>> if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period.

>> reporter: as nbc news has been reporting, many americans with individual coverage have been notified their current policy sis will be cancelled or changed because it doesn't meet the minimum standards. michael has to get new insurance in st. louis.

>> we were told to expect something and right now they're really not, you know, meeting up to our expectations.

>> reporter: now, to be clear, 80% of americans are not impacted by those cancellations or changes because they get their insurance either through their employer or the government. those losing their policies are getting better more comprehensive plans with roughly half of those eligible for subsidies. as for the status report, they say it wasn't a dire warning but more of a list of things to do.