By Roberta Rampton
Washington – Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:08pm EST
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s popularity has taken a beating over the botched October 1 launch of Obamacare, but in a television interview set to air on Friday, Obama said he believes Americans eventually will appreciate his signature healthcare reform.
Reflecting on his poll numbers in an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, Obama said: “I’ve gone up and down pretty much consistently throughout.
“But the good thing about when you’re down is that usually you got nowhere to go but up,” Obama added, according to excerpts released by ABC.
The interview was taped last week as the Obama administration scrambled to meet a self-imposed November 30 deadline to overhaul HealthCare.gov, the website used in 36 states to shop for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
Americans trying to use the website have been stymied by errors and slow speeds. The problems meant only 27,000 people were able to use the website to sign up during the first month, and there is now a backlog of Americans to get through the system by a December 23 deadline.
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