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Kentucky's Obamacare rollout contrasts with troubled national effort

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Problems with healthcare have some Republicans calling for a pushback to sign up.  But in Kentucky it's being called a success.

Pressure is mounting when it comes to fixing the technical fiasco surrounding the Obamacare website, www.healthcare.gov. In fact, some politicians are calling to push back the deadline to sign up for healthcare insurance.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio says he'll introduce a bill next week to push back the March 31st deadline.  He told CBS's "This Morning" it's not fair to Americans who have tried and failed to sign up:  "All it's calling for is a limited delay on the individual mandate until the website is fixed. I think that's a very prudent approach. Quite frankly, I think that's where we're going to have to wind up anyway."

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't rule out the idea of a delay: "Most of the enrollment comes later, as the deadlines near. So we fully expect to have all of our systems operating more efficiently as we approach those deadlines."

But while the shortcomings of Obamacare are front and center, some still say it's been a success.  Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says it's smooth sailing:  "It's working. We're signing up people at roughly a thousand a day. It's a great rate and a great success so far."

As for the American public, some don't see it that way, at least not yet.  A new Pew Research Center poll shows that only 41 percent of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act.  46 percent who tried to sign up say the online exchanges were "not working well."

The White House announced Tuesday that former OMG acting director Jeff Zients will be brought in to take charge of the Obamacare implementation and enrollment. He'll be in this role until January. The Secretary of Health and Human Services also wrote in a blog post on the department's website that they will be bringing in experts and specialists from Silicon Valley.

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