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CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta

(CNN) - The nation's top health insurers were well aware of the technical problems plaguing the application process on the Obamacare website prior to its October 1 launch, an industry insider told CNN.

"Yes. Of course we did," the source said in an e-mail.

The source said people involved in the creation of the on-line application feature of that links consumers to insurers clearly downplayed the site's flaws.

"It’s clear the folks working on this in the administration gave a far rosier picture to people in the White House," the insider said. "No one wanted to go to the White House and say to the president that your signature legislative achievement may not go so well."