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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  1. the hippies were right

    For some great humor regarding healthcare reform go to John Cornyn's FB page. His sheep are revolting against him for not defunding Obamacare at all costs.

    October 18, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Malory Archer

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

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    Nine words for you: Twenty four BILLION dollars in 16 days. Own it.

    October 18, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    For all those on the Right who are now convinced they are being blamed for the bad rollout of the ACA, stop. Grow up. No one is blaming you for that. We are blaming you for the 24 billion dollars that got flushed during the shutdown. Thats time and money the country will never be able to get back, What did you accomplish, except help vault a man who's experience in the Senate is measured in months to the forefront of your party at the expense of his own leadership? We roll up our sleeves, solve the problems, and keep watching the ACA to make changes when appropriate. Opting out of participating in our democracy is NOT something the Founders ever envisioned: they would view what the House GOP did as a gross betrayal of everything they were trying to create.

    October 18, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Hey CNN, what happened to my blog and any of your reporting of Rafael bin laden's ethics violation? The $6K and the Jamaican equity form that he didn't the report it in 2012 while running for the senate and even after being confronted did absolutely nothing thinking that it would go away.
    Guess what? It ain't. We are getting rid of you one way or another and send you back to Canada or Cuba.I guess the screecher from AK taught him more than we know.
    You really can't handle the truth, can you?

    October 18, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    ThinkAgain

    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.

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    With any luck they'll all go broke primarying all those congressional GOP who did the right thing and voted to end the shutdown. Honestly, with the $$$ they waste causing irreparable damage while trying to get their way, they could put a serious dent in the unemployment number.

    October 18, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. bob

    In spite of all the failed attempts by republicans to derail the Affordable Care Act, the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, home of the main two instgators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul led the nation the first day of enrollment for health insurance under this act. Wow!

    October 18, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Data Driven

    Sorry, I did reply again, but they're not big on conversation around here, preferring instead that we shout at each other. Because, Both Sides! Both Sides must be heard!

    October 18, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Somebody investigate the Canadian terrorist who wants to destroy the US.
    The firm who handled the website is Canadian too.

    October 18, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Data Driven

    Oh Lord, my last post was addressed to Tone. Yeah well, don't post this clarification either. Guess I'll go shout at a conservative instead ...

    October 18, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. wendel

    well we all knew the repos couldn't wait to find another way to attack the president. Instead of attacking why not help getting people the health care they need. Besides the screw up seems to me to be on the group that installed the system. Ya it's not good but glad they started early so they can work on changes. I know the repos are loving this but don't forget the 24 billion they just cost us for no reason at all. At least the Affordable care act is trying to help people not screw them over to make a point. Do republicans really think we believe the stupid stuff they say. ?

    October 18, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. rs

    bob

    In spite of all the failed attempts by republicans to derail the Affordable Care Act, the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, home of the main two instgators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul led the nation the first day of enrollment for health insurance under this act. Wow!
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    That a Red state lead enrollment shouldn't be a surprise. Republican-run states are the least responsive to the needs of their citizens and generally have the worst metrics around poverty, health and education. Just more proof that the GOP is an utter failure at everything.

    October 18, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    ThinkAgain wrote:

    ... ... 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. ... ...
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    High volume? That's really no excuse, though. Seeing how the 6 month enrollment period would require that millions of people visit the site within such a short time frame, extraordinary volume should have been readily anticipated. If they didn't properly anticipate the extraordinary volume, then the web masters behind the site are genuine quacks.

    The rollout of RomneyCare saw people visit the site an average of 18 times (per MoJoe) before they actually enrolled and/or made a purchase. In other words, people did a lot of browsing, apparently comparing this and that. This web site requires that you enroll before you can even browse around, which in itself can create a massive traffic choke point if you do not at least come close to properly anticipating the volume.

    This is a serious dropping of the ball, one worthy of a drop kick in the seat of somebody's pants. "You're Fired!"

    October 18, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -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?
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    No, not really. It is, however, VERY ironic that the party that screams " Benghazi!!!" and " Fast and Furious!!!!" and has a toxic reaction to the First Lady advocating for people to exercise more and eat less junk food, would invent yet another piece of fiction about how they are supposedly being blamed, and then complain about it. However the GOP is also filled with people who live in a Charlie Sheen-style alternate universe where they are " winning" as well.

    October 18, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. NO TEA FOR ME

    Register by telephone or mail. Good grief Instant Gratification is ruining our country.

    October 18, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Gunderson

    Hey,
    "nother great plan by Liberal's, No? Obama Care Web Site just like democrats, no/? Old saying, NEVER SEND BOY TO DO MAN'S JOB. You send boy! Now you have do job over! Old Liberal Adage, there is always time to do it over but never time to do it right in first place. Obama Care AND Web Site GREAT EXAMPLE OF LIBERAL'S. You like, no?

    October 18, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Ron L

    There is NO EXCUSE for the terrible launch of the website. Someone should be FIRED. To setup a website that can only handle 50,000 people at a time when it is suppose to service the nation is beyond STUPID!! But everyone seems to forget...Very few people liked what we had before for the following reasons... 1)The premiums were going up 20% per year for about 5 years in a row. 2) There were too many Americans either being kicked out of their policy or going bankrupt attempting to pay for their bills. The Republicans had the House and the White House for a while and did NOTHING to curb the tide. The Democrats had the entire government and attemptted to change that dynamic. I feel they should have focused on the economy first, but that is a totally different issue.
    My point is I hope the ACA does work for the millions of Americans that needed or could not afford healthcare services. And IF it does fail I hope at least something is put in place that will reach the same objectives. It is ridiculous that so many citizens in what is suppose to be the richest nation in the world CAN NOT AFFORD HEALTH CARE SERVICES...Quit acting like everything was fine, 6 years ago...IT WAS NOT!! Something needed to be attempted to fix a system that was terribly ineffective. They ACA may not be that system, but at least something was attempted to help the less fortunate.

    October 18, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Data Driven: "Sorry, I did reply again, but they're not big on conversation around here, preferring instead that we shout at each other. Because, Both Sides! Both Sides must be heard!"

    I am sorry, but I can't find it in me to shout at you, Data. Will it help that I am LOL at your comment?

    BTW: I had a brief reprieve yesterday. Today? I'm back to all comments going directly to moderation.

    October 18, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. w l jones

    It appears one segment wont ta ke country to thirties where only the rich could afford healhcare and poor which didn^t have anything do with race had use home remage treat themself and children. Sad indeed when we the people pay for all theirs treatment regardless how much it cost.

    October 18, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -Gunderson

    Hey,
    "nother great plan by Liberal's, No? Obama Care Web Site just like democrats, no/? Old saying, NEVER SEND BOY TO DO MAN'S JOB. You send boy! Now you have do job over! Old Liberal Adage, there is always time to do it over but never time to do it right in first place. Obama Care AND Web Site GREAT EXAMPLE OF LIBERAL'S. You like, no?
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    Soooo, the waste of 16 days and 24 billion dollars for Ted Cruz and his tempter tantrum, not to mention the human impact is supposed to be a great example of how well conservatives can run things? only if their goal was to drive this country into chaos. You like, no?

    October 18, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. ST

    Can anyone explain me what is wrong with the former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs? Why is this man so bitter? He wants Kathleen Sebelius to be fired. Would he had said the same if he was still on the same position as Press Secretary? I heard him today on Morning Joe saying: Let Cruz do what he is doing because it works for him. Gibbs, are you all that blind to see that Cruz is hurting the country even if it benefits him? I am very,very disappointed with what you are doing/saying nowadays. You need to polish your tongue a little bit.

    October 18, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Data Driven

    @Rudy NYC,

    " The web site requires that you enroll before you can even browse around, which in itself can create a massive traffic choke point if you do not at least come close to properly anticipating the volume."

    Great point, Rudy. Pretty much defines the problem.

    October 18, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Data Driven

    @Lynda,

    Ha ha, yeah, it helps :-)

    October 18, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Malory Archer wrote:

    ... ... With any luck they'll all go broke primarying all those congressional GOP who did the right thing and voted to end the shutdown. Honestly, with the $$$ they waste causing irreparable damage while trying to get their way, they could put a serious dent in the unemployment number.
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    Seeing how the Cruz-ade against the ACA is chopping nearly a full point offf of GDP this quarter, the Tea Party is going to have to own the economy for the next year. Especially if they pull the same stunt three months from now, and chop another point off of GDP. They are really trying the hardest not to look like they're undermining the economy and this administration, but they're not doing a very good job of it. Even a fifth grader could figure them out.

    October 18, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "The web site requires that you enroll before you can even browse around"

    I read that's been changed to allow browsing prior to creating your account...or is at least acknowledged as an issue and in the works.

    October 18, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Gunderson

    Oh, The Pain, the pain,
    The Real Tom Paine,
    If there was a 24 Billion Dollar loss, small potatoes compared to the nearly 17 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt we have and NO Plan to fix it, what is next? Remember Obama Care isn't the only thing on the horizion that is threatening the country. But, havw it your way Tom. I still see another Depression coming if the current political climate continues. Who will be hurt first? You tell me.

    October 18, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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