President Obama is taking a bruised and bandaged ObamaCare into 2014 after a year of unprecedented problems for his administration and its signature law.

While the White House insists its efforts are on-track, the blundering on display in key portions of the reform’s rollout surprised even Obama’s most ardent critics in 2013.

Obama sought to ward off criticism on Friday, even as he indicated that the botched rollout was his biggest mistake of the year.

“The basic structure of that law is working. Despite all the problems, despite the website problems, despite the messaging problems, despite all that, it’s working,” he told a news conference.

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