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By Yona Gavino. CREATED Nov 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Nov 15, 2013

MILWAUKEE - The woman taking a lot of criticism for the failure of the health care reform website was in Milwaukee Friday.


The Obama Administration is taking a lot of heat for the roll out of the Affordable Care Act.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Milwaukee, trying to put a positive spin on the backlash.

Noelle Stordock lost her health insurance five years ago when her dad lost his job. Two weeks ago, she was able to enroll and became insured under Obamacare.

"I feel great,” explains Stordock. “I did have a pre-existing condition, so before, I couldn't get health insurance, and now that I have health insurance, I’m glad that I can get stuff taken care of."

She tried to sign up before.

"When I tried it the first time, I wasn't able to access anything. I couldn't get beyond the first step besides putting my name in," says Stordock.

She spoke with Kathleen Sebelius at the Progressive Community Health Center on Lisbon, in Milwaukee. The Secretary maintains the site is faster now, and gets better every day.

"By the end of November, the commitment is that it will work smoothly for the vast majority of users, and we're well on our way to do that," explains Sebelius.

She also praised Governor Scott Walker's plan to delay moving residents off BadgerCare and other state insurance programs.

"I think it's a very wise move for the Governor to say that people losing their health insurance with Medicaid would have the full open enrollment period to sign up for a new plan," states Sebelius.

As for the millions of other Americans who are still angry and frustrated that they can't sign up, State Senator Leah Vukmir has some advice.

"They need to contact their congressional leaders. And that's where the fix has to occur - at the federal level. It may be a fix, but I would prefer repeal," says Vukmir.

We also found out this week that, so far, just 900 people in Wisconsin had picked a health care plan on the National Exchange

Yona Gavino

Yona Gavino

Yona joined TODAY'S TMJ4 as a general assignment reporter in April 2013. Before moving to MIlwaukee, Yona spent two and a half years as a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.