Health Chief Sorry for Botched Obamacare Site
Kathleen Sebelius testified in front of Congress about the 'miserably frustrating' rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in the hot seat for the botched launch of HealthCare.gov, saying she's sorry, so sorry about how awful the site is.
Before a congressional panel that included Republicans out for blood, Sebelius' agreed that the website glitches are "frustrating" and promised that we'll get to online shop for health insurance by the end of next month without problems.
"In these early weeks, access to HealthCare.gov has been a miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans, including many who have waited years, in some cases their entire lives, for the security of health insurance," she told the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
"I am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov," she continued. "So let me say directly to these Americans: You deserve better. I apologize. I'm accountable to you for fixing these problems."
The secretary also admitted that it was a mistake when she told the President that the website was "ready to go."
"Clearly, I was wrong," she said. "We were wrong."
GOP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan opened the hearing by saying news about the President Obama's signature health care reforms "seems to get worse by the day." His witch-hunt tone escalated quickly, adding that "Americans are scared" and "may be losing their faith in the government."
Sebelius countered, emphasizing that Obamacare has delivered on its central promise to provide affordable health care, as thousands (oh boy) of people have had success in accessing the website.
Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee also grilled Sebelius on why some people were being let go from their current insurance plans even though the President promised otherwise. Sebelius explained that insurance companies have the right to cancel individual insurance policies as they please.
She said that a techie team is scrambling to fix the troubled site, and has cost $174 million so far, including $56 million for technological support.
More than two dozen House Republicans have been calling for Sebelius’ resignation, which she has rejected.
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