Jay Carney

White House press secretary Jay Carney (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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By Juliet Eilperin
November 19 at 4:06 pm

White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama was told in April about a review of HealthCare.gov’s problems, but Carney declined to specify the details of the briefing.

A federally-commissioned review by McKinsey & Co. concluded in late March that the online enrollment system was risky because the design process was flawed, The Washington Post first reported Monday night.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Carney said, “The president received regular briefings on various aspects of implementing the [health care law], including the recommendations from this review and the steps that [agencies] had taken to address those recommendations.”

Carney did not say what details of the assessment the president learned. The report included warnings that the call-in centers would not work properly if the online system was malfunctioning, and that insufficient testing would make it difficult to fix problems after the launch.

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