Sebelius on the spot in Obamacare website fiasco
October 23rd, 2013
12:14 PM ET
11 months ago

Sebelius on the spot in Obamacare website fiasco

Washington (CNN) - Call it the Obamacare website fiasco, with the focus Wednesday on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after she told CNN that President Barack Obama knew nothing of the problem before it became evident starting on October 1.

Sebelius heads to the White House for an afternoon meeting with insurance industry executives, then leaves town to participate with other officials in what the administration calls a "grassroots effort" to boost enrollment in Obama's signature health care reform system.

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  1. TONE

    Why is there not an invsetigation as to why the gop shut the government down? here is an investigation for you Mr issa

    October 23, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Rudy NYC

    The true irony of the Affordable Care Act is how it actually implements the right wing's "solution" for health care reform, which is to allow people to cross state borders to stimulate price competition. Well, folks. Allowing to people from different states to purchase health insurance *actually is* an implementation allowing people to cross state lines to compete for better prices.
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    That's didn't come out right.

    The web site is people from different states to purchase health insurance *actually is* an implementation allowing people to cross state lines to compete for better prices

    October 23, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Tony

    It bears repeating, but the government shutdown was a bigger fiasco than the Obamacare website. The shutdown cost the economy $24 billion, according to an estimate from Standard & Poor’s. In contrast, half a million people signed up for Obamacare in two weeks despite problems with the website.

    October 23, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wrote:

    Moreover, experts are pointing out that part of the reason for the tech choice could be the elderly legacy systems present in the federal gov't already, which the website needed to interface with and which we haven't been able to replace because the GOP/Teatrolls hate the federal gov't, hate federal workers, would rather increase the defense budget than provide adequate tech to the office and database infrastructure of the federal gov't and would rather see the federal gov't fail than succeed.
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    Not unless they are using antiquated IBM/360 mainframes, then I don't buy into that rationale. The whole point of the internet is that it is platform independent, which does not mean that the backend is platform independent. Varying database formats should not be an insurmountable problem, either. It is not rocket science to make one type of database look like another tyoe.

    October 23, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The focus on this rollout is just a spectacle now. Now they're going to have hearings all to make a bigger spectacle out of it and the MSM is just egging it on.#Pathetic

    October 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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