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Howard Kurtz on 'Obamacare' rollout: 'a meltdown of the first order

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 16: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing room at the White House after the U.S. Senate voted to end the government shutdown and raise the dept limit on October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that they have reached bipartisan deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling and end the sixteen day government shutdown. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for a vote. Credit: Getty Images

Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz  writes on the "Obamacare" rollout, which has been severely tripped up by malfunctions in the website that facilitates health insurance coverage for users:

I think we have to stop using the word “glitches” to describe what’s going on. This is far more serious than too many people at the outset crashing the site.

This is a meltdown of the first order that really does threaten the president’s signature priority. If the problems are ironed out and millions sign up for the federal exchanges, this period will just be an unpleasant interlude. But at this point, administration officials don’t seem to have a handle on the magnitude of the debacle.

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