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TODAY   |  November 13, 2013

GOP to use Clinton’s Obamacare comments

House Republicans plan to utilize comments made by former President Bill Clinton in a number of hearings set to get underway Wednesday. Earlier this week, Clinton said in an interview that he believes President Obama should honor his promise that people could keep their current health plans.

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>> here at home, the troubled health care roll out is front and center on capitol hill again today and lower than expected enrollment numbers and a critical remark from former president bill clinton . peter alexander is at the white house for us this morning. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, the washington post this morning is reporting that software problems with the obama care website are proving so stubborn it's unlikely to work fully by the end of the month. they wrote me telling me we're working 24/7 to make improvements so by the end of the month the site is working smoothly for the vast majority of users. she added that they continue to make progress but this is certain to be another key topic during one more hearing this morning on capitol hill .

>> the enrollment period --

>> reporter: today house republicans are trying to capitalize on president clinton 's comments on obama care. having a statement saying clinton 's remarks signify a growing recognition that americans were misled when told they could continue their coverage.

>> reporter: clinton urged president obama to make good on his promise to let people keep their current insurance plans if they want to.

>> i believe even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.

>> reporter: still clinton defended the health care law overall.

>> the big lesson is that we're better off with this law than without it.

>> reporter: president obama already apologized for the fact that despite his repeated promises, roughly 3 million americans will need to switch health care plans. the white house insists the president agrees with clinton saying it's goal is to make sure people that received cancellation letters can afford better plans. there are success stories like janice baker, a breast cancer survivor who recently enrolled in colorado's exchange and saved $300 a month.

>> all of my pre-existing conditions are now covered. that's really a big relief to me.

>> reporter: still, early reports show in the first six weeks since enrollment opened nationwide, only 110,000 americans have signed up. far short of the target of 500,000 for october alone.

>> reporter: now as for that hearing this morning, the president's chief technology officer , his name is todd park, he's likely to testify. he was subpoenaed last week by house republicans, a move that the white house called unfortunate and unnecessary.

>> all right, peter, thanks.