President Obama urged Americans to be patient with the health insurance exchanges that debuted to a rocky start Tuesday, saying officials are "working around the clock" to resolve the website problems that plagued theintroduction of a critical component of the Affordable Care Act.

In aninterview with The Associated Pressreleased Saturday, the president blamed higher-than-anticipated traffic for the spotty access to, where prospective customers can comparison-shop health insurance plans in an online marketplace. "What's happened is the website got overwhelmed by the volume," he said. "Folks are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times, but we are confident that over the course of the six months - because it's important to remember people have six months to sign up - that we are going to probably exceed what anybody expected in terms of the amount of interest that people have."

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