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Obamacare Web site launcher finally speaks
WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/23/2013) – It was the call for resignation heard across the country. After weeks of complaints by Republicans and Democrats, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finally spoke out about the glitches on the Affordable Care Act Web site.
When asked whether or not she should resign, Sebelius said, “What I talked about is the job I came here to do. This is the most important job I’ve done in my life.”
Sebelius dodged the question when she spoke out on CNN last night, three weeks after the federal health care exchange site launched.
But Sebelius is confident in the site.
“Thousands of people have signed up. They’re getting through every day. It’s not where we need it to be. It isn’t as smooth as we want it to be for the volume of people who want this product,” Sebelius said.
According to CNN, the Web site crashed during a test-run a few days before the launch. Sebelius said the product is still working.
“There are people in this country who’ve waited decades for affordable health coverage…What’s clear is we have a product. The product really works. We’ve created a market where there wasn’t a market,” Sebelius said.
Today, Democratic and Republican House leaders were asked about the problems.
“There is certainly accountability internally in terms of what decisions were made when on all of this, but I think that our focus and energy should be used to fix it,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D).
And even John Boehner (R), speaker of the House, agreed.
“I think the biggest part of Congress' job is to provide proper oversight of the executive branch of government…and when it comes to Obamacare, clearly there's an awful lot that needs to be held accountable,” Boehner said.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold two hearings to discuss the issues surrounding the implementation of Obamacare, including the website. One is scheduled for Thursday morning, another next Wednesday when Secretary Sebelius will attend.