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TODAY   |  November 18, 2013

Fixing website is No. 1 on Obama’s to-do list

After President Obama apologized for the Obamacare website fumbles and pledged to resolve the issues, White House officials are now saying that it would be considered a success if 80 percent of visitors to the site successfully buy plans. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>> is taking new steps to fix the troubled roll out of the new health care law but can the website and the president's legacy be saved? peter alexander is at the white house this morning. hi, peter.

>> reporter: hi, matt, this is new territory for president obama . he never faced a crisis like this. a crisis of confidence. in his very leadership, the flawed roll out of the affordable care act threatening to undermine the future of his second term and his presidency. with his signature law under fire the president faces a daunting to do list to resuscitate obama care. number one, fix the website. with the administration's next deadline less than two weeks away they're still scrambling to have the crippled site up and running.

>> the vast majority of users.

>> the vast majority of users.

>> the vast majority of americans.

>> reporter: they consider success in 80% of users can successfully buy plans online. number two, clear up concussion. white house officials still need to convince insurers and state insurance commissioners to support the president's fix to re reinstate cancelled policies. number three, keep democratic alabama li allies on board. meanwhile, many senate democrats are pushing for a legislative fix just days after 39 house democrats supported a republican bill that the white house threatened to veto.

>> the bill is passed.

>> this is an issue that has to be dealt with but it doesn't mean it's a political issue so we're going to run away from it. no, it's too valuable for the american people .

>> reporter: finally, regain american's trust. that's no easy task with the president's job approval and popularity both at record lows. a challenge punctuated by one of his top former advisors.

>> it has to regain people's trust that this is the right thing to do.

>> reporter: and the great frustration inside this west wing , at least according to one obama indiana state ba obama insider is it will be nearly impossible to move on to anything else including a top priority which is improving the economy.