October 30th, 2013
08:02 PM ET
12 months ago

Biden apologizes, says Obama tried to log on to health site

(CNN) – President Barack Obama tried to log onto the Obamacare website, according to Vice President Joe Biden, who added his name to those apologizing for the online snafu that has rocked the introduction of the administration's sweeping health care initiative.

"The President tried to get online and my daughter tried to get online. I did not, because it was clear that I wasn't getting online," Biden told CNN's sister network HLN on Wednesday.

The Vice President said Obama was told several weeks before the October 1 launch that the website was "ready to go."

"Neither he and I are technology geeks and we assumed that it was up and ready to run," Biden said.

The fact that it crashed and has experienced other problems since its debut is "inexcusable," he said.

He added that the website debacle, which has fueled partisan fighting over the law, has to be fixed.

"Although it's not and we apologize for that - we are confident that by the end of November it will be," Biden said.

Also on Wednesday, Obama said there was no excuse for the problems hampering the introduction of his signature domestic policy achievement.

"I take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed ASAP. We are working overtime to improve it every day," Obama said in Boston, noting that he was "not happy about it."

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a congressional committee earlier in the day that the buck stopped with her.

"You deserve better. I apologize. I'm accountable to you for fixing these problems," she said, speaking directly to the American public.

As Sebelius testified, a screen at the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing displayed the HealthCare.gov website.

It's message to users: "The system is down at the moment."

– HLN's Christi Paul contributed to this report.


Filed under: Health care • Joe Biden • Obamacare • White House
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Fire the GOP

    I want the Obamacare website to work too. Keep the fire lit GOP to get the website back up and running!

    (LOL...who said the GOP were against Obamacare!)

    October 30, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Jeff Tartt

    "I've got some,ocean front property in Arizona"

    October 30, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Kaehu

    I can't believe folks like this are running the country.

    October 30, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. SpgfldTom

    Biden quote: "Neither he (Obama) and I are technology geeks and we assumed that it was up and ready to run," Excuse me, Uncle Joe, but have you ever looked closely at the word "assume"? Have you ever heard the phrase "Inspect what you expect"? What a bunch of goofballs! Neither Obama or Biden would last a week in the private sector (i.e. working for a living).

    October 30, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. buongiorno

    quit wasting this site with he said she said ACTIONS AND CONCRETE TRUTH!!!! NOTHING MORE

    October 30, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. SteveInMN

    "As Sebelius testified, a screen at the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing displayed the HealthCare.gov website. It's message to users: "The system is down at the moment." "

    Soooooo.....we can't even conduct a Congressional Hearing (ok - thinly-veiled witch hunt, but I'll give it the semantic benefit) without overt Republic partisan theatrics.

    Really???

    October 30, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Padric2

    Yes, this is a huge blow to the administration and should have been in more responsible hands from the get go. I'm all for it and have been trying to go on the site myself, but It's not the end of the freakin' world. It's a huge task and I don't know if the people who started it were chosen with the best of care. Question: Are the contractors who blew it going to be fired and giving the government a refund because of their incompetence?

    October 30, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Justaguy

    FUBAR – cut the losses and pull the plug on ACA

    October 30, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. dnokc

    Why is he wasting bandwidth Joe? Better question...Why's he still in the Oval Office?

    October 30, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. John Lee

    Does this make the Republicans right that Obamacare needs to be delayed? Does it make the government shutdown a worthless exercise then?

    October 30, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Please fix it soon , I need to sign up.

    One suggestion , " KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID " .

    October 31, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  12. hender1123

    Biden, where have you been?

    October 31, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  13. John B

    Insurance companies see gouging opportunities, shame shame shame!
    Please hold lobbyists and Insurance companies accountable!

    October 31, 2013 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  14. A True Conservative

    You assumed? Do you know what happens when you assume? How about trying this – both of you put on your big boy pants and try really hard to become LEADERS. I know that's a real stretch, but you have a few years left to give it a go....I can't believe that people still get on this site and attempt to defend your incompetence. The Kool Aid must be very, very strong....and free....

    October 31, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  15. Paul

    I got an idea why don't she just resign and give the country a much needed break.

    October 31, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  16. 82ndABNVET

    That is just epic. POTUS couldnt sign on to his own website. Lol.

    By the way, I just found out my employer provided medical insurance was going to go up to $900 a month for my family of 3 from $500. Nice little $400 jab in the back thanks to Obamacare.

    October 31, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |