House Committee Questioning Officials about Troubled Health Care Website
The rocky rollout of the Obama administration's health careenrollment website was the subject of a congressional hearing Tuesday morning.
Marilyn Tavenner, who runs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, apologized for the delays, error messages and other troublesfaced by consumers trying to use healthcare.gov.
"And to the millions of Americans who've attempted to usehealthcare.gov to shop and enroll in health care coverage, I want to apologizeto you that the website has not worked as well as it should," she said. "We know howdesperately you need affordable coverage. I want to assure you thathealthcare.gov will be fixed and we are working around the clock to deliver theshopping experience that you deserve."
Tavenner testified before the House Ways and Meanscommittee Tuesday. Her agency oversaw the creation of the online healthinsurance marketplace.
She reports to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who will be questioned by the committee Wednesday.
Some Republicans are calling for her to resign, and even some Democrats -- while not mentioning Sebelius -- say someone should be fired.
Sebelius has acknowledged that the website launch has been rocky, but so far, she appears to have the president's backing.