October 17th, 2013
09:17 PM ET
6 months ago

Congressional fight over Obamacare turns to website woes

(CNN) - The deal ending the shutdown may not have put a dent in Obamacare, but the battle over implementing the health coverage law is not over.

One venue that Republicans are turning to for leverage, starting next week: oversight hearings, beginning with some tough questions about why the rollout of the website for enrolling in health care exchanges is having so many problems.

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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    @ED1,

    "you can't be fired from a Government job "

    Prove?

    October 18, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. jinx9to88

    Why arent these knuckle heads focusing on jobs? They told the wackos that voted for these crazies back in 2010 that their focus was on jobs, jobs and jobs. Dont tell me the GOP was lying, say it isnt so.... LMAO!! Fooled again!! Any GOP out there want to buy a bridge, I am selling one?

    October 18, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. ED1

    Again the left is playing the blame game Republicans tried to stop this bill because it wasn't ready to roll out and our Government can't run a business much less the Country.

    I guess the Republicans had people hired to work on the failed web sit not just can't stand to be proved wrong again.

    October 18, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. MaryM

    The ACA and the ACA web site can be fixed. Unlike to TPers brains

    October 18, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Donyelle

    LOL...WTH...why all the hoopla about the website. Just pick up the damn phone and get registered? The roll out is disaster. The WH should have marketed this better. The same way we were bombarded with campaign ads during the election...same tactics should have been used to inform the public about this program. Hopefully the WH will call the folks at Amazon, Twitter, or FB to get the website working correctly. Until then..the American people who want and need the coverage can still pick up a telephone?!?! Right?

    October 18, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. sifto

    jinx–obamacare is killing full-time jobs.... the gop concern...

    October 18, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. jinx9to88

    @ Rick McDaniel
    The plan is so bad.......it is going to self destruct.

    ---–

    Then why dont the GOP let it happen? Hmmmmmm.... Maybe just maybe it wont and GOP will look like the stupid party once again.

    October 18, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. sifto

    liberals are acting like the tea party is responsible for obamacare failure–hilarious....

    October 18, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Breaking News Flash:
    ---------------
    As his latest news conference with reporters wrapped up, the president was asked what, if anything, would he have to say to Sen. Ted Cruz.

    "You can't touch this."

    October 18, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    sifto
    liberals are acting like the tea party is responsible for obamacare failure–hilarious....
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    I suspect that in the next few months your talking point will need to be shelved.

    If there really IS going to be a congressional oversight hearing, my guess is that GOPers are now ready and willing to try and co-opt how great Obamacare is for all of America ... including all their constituents who will be signing up for Affordable Heath Care, regardless that these same folks spent over 24 billion in 16 days trying to shut the darn thing down permanently.

    October 18, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. TONE

    Guys i cannot get rid of this feeling that Nancy Pelosi will be the new speaker of the house before the 2014 midterm elections i predict Republican defections to either dems or indepentent.I want to here your views on this anyone.

    October 18, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Larry in Houston

    well, hate to say it this way – - but Obama should get rid of this gal.....but he won't.....Now why do I say that ?? Take a good hard look at the attorney general. He's so worthless, it's pitiful. Now do you know why a lot of people say he can't be a leader, or can't lead ? He cannot make decisions. too bad...Let me say it this way – if he had o.j. or blago working for him, no matter what they do, he would never get rid of them either.....That's the way Obama is...LOL -

    October 18, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    smith previously wrote:

    I don`t agree with ken`s statement but dems are always comparing the gop to the confederacy and calling them racist. Maybe its time to get the racecard out of politics.
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    It's hard not to call them racists when they're making speeches, which call for impeaching Pres. Obama, to wildly cheering crowds in front of the White House, while someone waves a confederate flag as a back drop.

    October 18, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Gunderson

    Wow, You Liberal Experts so funny,. First you say Republician's can't do anything right, and then blame them for Web Site Failure. Really?

    October 18, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Data Driven

    @TONE,

    "Guys i cannot get rid of this feeling that Nancy Pelosi will be the new speaker of the house before the 2014 midterm elections i predict Republican defections to either dems or indepentent.I want to here your views on this anyone."

    OK, I'll bite. It's a fun fantasy that I wish I could get on board with. But here's the reality: 62% of GOP Congresscritters VOTED AGAINST THE CR. Almost 2/3 of them wishes the country to default. John McCain and Peter King and other "moderates" (at least in front of the cameras) are WAY outnumbered.

    The rebels will never give control to Pelosi willingly.

    October 18, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Gunderson

    OK,
    Good News from old Gunderson. "Dummy" Care be ready roll out 30 years. Now you Happy? But in case 30 years plan fail, don't count Chickens before hatch.

    October 18, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    @jinx9to88: "Why arent these knuckle heads focusing on jobs?"

    You answered your own question by your term of reference.

    October 18, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. rs

    Gunderson

    Wow, You Liberal Experts so funny,. First you say Republician's can't do anything right, and then blame them for Web Site Failure. Really?
    _______________________
    Oh no, fake accent Gundy, the GOP does one thing really well- wreck government and promte irrational hatred of the same.

    October 18, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    The plan is so bad.......it is going to self destruct.
    ________________________
    R i g h t. That's why the GOP threw itself on that hand grenade? Too bad it went off.

    October 18, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. TONE

    @Data Driven

    But we only need 17 to defect remember those who voted for the CR are being threatened by tea baggers to be primaried, suppose they defect now to avoid that?

    October 18, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Yeah, that's what I always do: Work really hard on something important that will help me tremendously in the long run, but as soon as I hit one snag, I quit.

    NOT!

    The rollout was rocky; the problems are being addressed. And one thing to remember: The webservers had a problem because SO MANY PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO ENROLL.

    October 18, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. ThinkAgain

    @MaryM: "The ACA and the ACA web site can be fixed. Unlike to TPers brains"

    Ah, but Mary, you are assuming the TPers HAVE brains ...

    October 18, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Sniffit

    Watch how fast they benghazi this. $10 says overly broad subpoenas will issue by the end of next week, demanding all sorts of things that are completely unnecessary and irrelevant to the issue at hand. The cries of "cover up" will follow within a couple days thereafter. Moreover, we'll be treated almost immediately to the spectacle of the GOP/Teatrolls organizing the kangaroo court messaging game, denying the Dems witnesses and shutting down any talk about the red states that refused to implement their exchanges having contributed greatly to these website issues. It's a farce, a charade, an everyone knows it...it's just that the GOP/Teatroll base WANTS the charade and cheers it on.

    October 18, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. ThinkAgain

    You know, I'd think that more than just 30 or so repub members of Congress actually believed in the call for getting rid of Obamacare if they weren't doing so under threat of being primaried.

    We can all thank Citizens United for the gridlock in Washington and this latest manufactured crisis by the right: Without the Koch brothers money, the TPers would even EXIST, let alone have any influence.

    October 18, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. Joi Gibson

    Is this the new norm for Congress, more hearings? And they come up with squat. Because of Cruz(less) control, we have lost $24 billion in the economy and now House Republicans want to waste more time and money on another useless hearing. Because of Republican foolishness, the ACA is becoming less unpopular (notwithstanding the failure to launch). If House Republicans keep this up, they are going to turn off more people than they have already – people are fed up with their grandstanding and constant whining and complaining. Get over it already.

    October 18, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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