AP’s Julie Pace: Obama Will ‘Have to’ Take Blame for Obamacare Roll-Out on Monday

White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, Julie Pace, appeared on Fox News Sunday over the weekend after breaking the news that nearly half a million people have applied for, though not necessarily enrolled in, the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. Pace said that President Barack Obama will be speaking on Monday and will “have to” be taking full responsibility for the website’s initial failures.

“As someone who covers the White House, how worried are they about what’s going on here?” Chris Wallace asked.

“The White House is very worried about this,” Pace replied. “They spent a lot of time and money on this program, and you can’t say this has been anything short of embarrassing for the president.”

“He’s going to come out on Monday. He’s going to address these problems,” she continued. “I don’t know how specific he is going to get, but I think this sort of going to be a mea culpa for the president.”

“You expect him really to say we messed up here?” Wallace asked.

“I think he’s going to have to,” Pace replied. “If he comes out and says anything other than that, he’s just going to be ripped apart by the media, by the press.”

Pace later clarified that the nearly 500,000 applicants “doesn’t tell us how many people are going to enroll.”

Watch the clip below via Fox:

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