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TODAY   |  November 28, 2013

Obamacare enrollment delayed

Another setback involving the reveal that small businesses would not be able to enroll in Obamacare for another year has put doubt that the health care website can meet its deadline at the end of the month. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

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>>> the troubled health care rollout. meanwhile, kate snow is here with that.

>> the obama administration has said it will have the troubled obama care website working for most americans by the end of the month. but this morning there's another huge setback afting small businesses . kristen welker is at the white house with the latest this morning.

>> reporter: tech experts are working through this holiday weekend to try to make sure the website is running smoothly by the end of saturday, but on wednesday, as you say, there was more bad news. the administration announced small businesses , those with 50 employees or fewer, won't be able to enroll in health care through healthcare.gov for another year. those businesses will still be able to sign up as they currently do through an agent or a broker. now, the administration says the move is necessary so that technicians can focus on fixing the website for individuals. some in the small business community know it's disappointment and a concern the delay could add more confusion to an already complicated process. republicans pounced with house speaker john boehner saying the delay was an indication the president bit off more than he could chew with this health care law . administration officials say they're still on track for having it working well by this weekend, meaning it would be able to support as many as 50,000 user rs at one time. all of this comes with another shake-up of the website. the administration says hewlett-packard will replace verizon as the site's web provider. a move they say has been in the works since the spring. kate?

>> kristen , since we have you, it is thanksgiving. how will the first family be spending the holiday?

>> reporter: the obama family will be spending thanksgiving every year right here at the white house enjoying a traditional thanksgiving meal. on wednesday they continued other holiday traditions though. handing out meals at a local food bank and, of course, the president pardoned the national thanksgiving turkey. this year a bird named popcorn who, by the way, was spared in part because of an online vote. he beat out the alternate bird caramel.

>> okay. kristen welker at the white house this morning.