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Mika Brzezinski calls Obamacare (and gets through) on air

Critics are slamming the president for Obamacare's flawed website and delayed Obamacare hotline—but Mika Brzezinski had no trouble on the phone this morning.

In 75 seconds, Mika Brzezinski was able to connect with an Obamacare agent—on national television.

Technical problems have marred the roll-out of Obamacare’s online exchanges. On Monday, President Obama encouraged Americans to call the hotline to sign-up, but some critics say that isn’t working either.

“By the way, we called the hotline on Monday and the automated menu redirected us to, which in turn told us to get in touch with someone at the call center,” the Wall Street Journal editorial page wrote on Tuesday.  “In an era where Google is making self-driving cars and Amazon offers next-day delivery for just about anything, the White House plunged ahead with a system it knew to be defective and is relying on the technology of the 19th century as the fall-back.”

“I got an agent! Hi there,” Brzezinski exclaimed. She dialed the number at 6:47 and was connected with an agent at 6:48.

“Did they refer you to” MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow asked.

“No, I got a live agent,” she said. “Alright, so by the way, unlike the Wall Street Journal, if you want to get through call 1-800-318-2596.”