(NBC News) By the end of the week we're supposed to find out exactly how many people have been able to sign up for health care through the government's troubled website. Some early numbers are already in - and they're low.
In dealing with what's become a PR nightmare, President Obama is now getting pressure from an ally - as his tech team prepares to explain to congress whether they're making any progress.
Today the house oversight committee will hear from five top government tech experts on efforts to fix the troubled health website. "We ought to start over. It's not salvageable," said Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Top Republican John Boehner gave President Clinton a pat on the back for saying President Obama should make good on his promise, and let people who like their health care plans keep them. "If it takes a change in the law, the President should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people," said the Former President.
Democrat Dianne Feinstein said last night she'll back that change. The White House says they're working on it. "The President has tasked his team with looking at a range of options," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
But experts tell us keeping your plan may not mean keeping your doctor. "There may be potential access problems for patients who choose a plan based on price thinking they got a good deal but then they might not get the physicians they need or the hospitals they want," said Anders Gilberg of the Medical Group Management Association.
By week's end, the government should confirm how many people have actually bought insurance through healthcare.gov. Early numbers are expected to be low.
110,000 most through state exchanges, the Wall Street Journal Reports. Half a million were reportedly expected by now.
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