In addition to his apology, the president pledged to help those who have complained that the new law is forcing them to sign up for a more expensive plan.
More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will be getting a bit less starting Friday when a temporary benefit enacted as part of the federal stimulus expires.
"The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world," The Washington Post reported at midday Wednesday.
The U.S. government ran a deficit of $680 billion in the financial year that ended last month — the first time since 2008 that the annual shortfall has been under $1 trillion.
While conceding that "the initial consumer experience at HealthCare.gov has not been adequate," Sebelius also made the case that "the Affordable Care Act delivered on its product: quality, affordable health insurance."
This story follows word Monday, as CNN reports, that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says Obama did not know until recently the U.S. was eavesdropping on cellphone calls made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders.
Two reports released on the eve of White House visit by Pakistan's prime minister allege that the U.S. has "violated international law with top-secret targeted-killing operations that claimed dozens of civilian lives in Yemen and Pakistan," as McClatchy Newspapers writes.
Former House Speaker Tom Foley, who led the chamber from 1989 to 1995, has died, according to his family. He was 84.
C.W. Bill Young, the longest-serving Republican in the House, has died, according to his spokesman Harry Glenn.