Well, of course they didn't say that directly. But here's a fascinating piece that suggests the White House is open to the idea of delaying the individual mandate or not imposing fines on those who don't sign up, which amounts to the same thing:
Delay tactics - After President Obama owned up to the fact that the main Web site for enrollment is not working as it should, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked if the administration is looking for flexibility in applying the mandate. Carney indicated that a delay was not just possible, but that it may already be allowed by the law: "The law is clear that if you do not have access to affordable health insurance then you will not be asked to pay a penalty because you haven't purchased affordable health insurance." It would stand to reason that if the president claims the power to delay the fines for large employers by a year, as he already did, he could claim the power to pardon individuals.
So, wait a minute. It was the fault of REPUBLICANS - the guys who asked that the individual mandate be delayed by a year - that the government shut down, when Democrats repeatedly refused to do so, but are now claiming that the President already has the authority to waive penalties and will/is likely to do so in the face of continuing problems with the web site?
What I conclude is that the shutdown was all for nothing: Democrats forgot to tell Republicans that the former had ALREADY agreed to the demands of the latter.