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TODAY   |  November 14, 2013

Weak enrollment numbers reported for Obamacare

Only 106,000 Americans signed up for Obamacare in the first month, a dismal number that Republicans are using as ammunition to criticize the White House. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>> a new poll has the president's approval rating at an all time low. nbc's peter alabamapeteralal savender owe -- peter alexander is at capitol hill .

>> reporter: for a better sense of how few americans signed up for obama care in the first month, 106,000 total, consider that barely enough to fill a large football stadium and one-fifth of what government officials projected t. breakdown, 26,000 signed up through the crippled federal website t. rest, 79,000 in states with their own exchanges. the most in california t. fewest, just 42 in north dakota . republicans quickly took aim. house speaker john boehner calling the entire law ale roing calamity that must be scrapped. others say the signups reflect a few million.

>> this is what happens when you base a campaign off a fundamental lie.

>> reporter: even senate democrats are getting anxious, especially those facing tough re-election next year. many now backing mary landry's proposal for those whose plans were cancelled to keep them.

>> it doesn't surprise me that it needs mix e physicalled. we need to get health insurance that you can never lose.

>> reporter: still to the answer, whether the administration can have the website running smoothly by it's next deadline, november 30th .

>> the american people lost a month of an effective real ability to sign up. this website was dead at launch for all practical purposes.

>> reporter: the president's popularity is taking a toll. his job approval rating hovering at or below 42%, nearly identical to problem after hurricane katrina . health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius tried to cast it in positive terms. she says people are enrolling. democrats are losing patience, one calling it a complete embarrassment, insisting the focus right now is how do we get this right, matt. savannah.

>> peter alexander at the white