Biden on healthcare.gov: 'We're going to fix it'
November 18th, 2013
05:08 PM ET
11 months ago

Biden on healthcare.gov: 'We're going to fix it'

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden expressed confidence Monday that the administration is going to fix the embattled federal healthcare website.

"The truth is, we're going to fix it," Biden said at Ellington Field airport in Houston, speaking to volunteers working to help people enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

"God willing," he added later.

Biden's comments come as President Barack Obama and administration officials have promised significant improvements to the federal healthcare website. Following the October 1 launch of the online exchange, technical issues have barred many enrollees from signing up for insurance through healthcare.gov.

On Tuesday, a top administration tech official will testify before a House panel that the health website will be "greatly improved for the vast majority of users by November 30" – the date the administration has repeatedly indicated will mark substantial improvements to the functionality of the website.

Earlier Monday, Biden addressed workers at a port in Houston as a part of a two-day trip aimed at promoting federal investment in infrastructure.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    When W introduced part D, it did not do well. The democrats sat down with the pubs, and had it fixed in 6 months.

    November 18, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. king

    go on uncle Biden tell these folks what up. i just dont understand how the dems allow the repubs to side with the few million folks that will be inconvenience and some would have to pay a little bit more for healthcare. the dems need to carry the banner of the nearly 50 million folks that are at the door trying to live because of obamacare. where are the folks that will stand up for the desolated in this country. we know the repubs wont, because all they cater to is the rich and hell with the millions of unfortunates in this country, they can sit on the side of the road and die and it wouldn't faze these heartless repubs a bit, dems stand for something.

    November 18, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. California

    Democrats don't want any help with this. Their "NO NEGOTIATING" so called leader has basically stated such.

    November 18, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. anonymous

    "The truth is, we're going to fix it," Biden said at Ellington Field airport in Houston, speaking to volunteers working to help people enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
    "God willing," he added later.
    ---

    And if they don't get it fixed, no doubt they will be trying to pin this massive failure on God. He is the only one they have not yet blamed for their failures.

    November 18, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    It will be fixed, and then the baggers will say they supported the ACA in order to save their jobs in congress. They are the worst examples of welfare fraud.

    November 18, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. just asking

    Tampa Tim
    When W introduced part D, it did not do well. The democrats sat down with the pubs, and had it fixed in 6 months.
    -–

    produce some proof of what you claim. of course you have none.

    but what is the relevance to obama and obamacare's failure? there is none. other than to throw up smoke and mirrors to distract from obama's abysmal failures. i guess that is all the lefties have at this point. every new day brings a new failure, a new lie, a new deflection, and a lot of smoke and mirrors. it is rather funny at this point. it shows your utter desperation.

    November 18, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "go on uncle Biden tell these folks what up. i just dont understand how the dems allow the repubs to side with the few million folks that will be inconvenience and some would have to pay a little bit more for healthcare."

    No doubt it's for the same reason that the MSM only reports and shows concern for the people who might have to pay a little more and refuses to report at all about the millions of people living in poverty in red states controlled by the GOP/Teatrolls who won't be able to get Medicaid because the GOP/Teatrolls refused the expansion and the federal funding that came with it.

    November 18, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "no doubt they will be trying to pin this massive failure on God."

    Naaaaah, we're all heathen atheists and pagans who don't believe in magic skypeople, so why would we try to blame something on one?

    November 18, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Anon – You wingnuts blamed Clinton for 9-11, blamed Barney Frank for the 2008 economic disaster, blamed Nancy Pelosi for the Iraq war, and blamed democrats for our national debt when pubs are responsible for over $12 trillion of it. When it comes to blame, you baggers are just like third graders.

    November 18, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Tommy G

    Hey Crazy Joe, even God can't help you clowns get out of this mega-disaster you have concocted. Besides, he knows all you libs and lefties hate him after your constant attacks. Obamacare is the work of the devil given all the lies that birthed it. Maybe you should ask him for some help instead?

    Or if all else fails, go get that shot gun of yours and fire it above the head of all these web sites coders. That'll put the fear of God into them. Don't worry, everybody knows you're nuts so nobody will take it personally.

    November 18, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    No big deal, it is fixable. Just hire Google. GOP thugs nag, brag for nothing. ACA is a Law.

    November 18, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Jeff Frank (Ohio T Party) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Biden – Whose we?

    November 18, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Just – Ever hear of politifact? Search to problems with Medicare part D roll out. You're welcome. Just another thing Fox didn't tell you.

    November 18, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. ObamaDUNG.gov

    Silence DoGood
    conservatives on ACA (a LAW): "fight it, sabotage it, sink it, ignore it"
    --

    Exactly how has it been sabotaged? Did the Republicans write the Obamacare web site code? NO. Did they lie to the American people about keeping their doctor and health insurance if they liked it? NO, that was Obama and the Democrats spewing lies. This entire fiasco is entirely brought to the American people by Obama and the Democrats.

    Why do all of you refuses to accept responsibility for your deceitful and damging actions? Oh yeah, you're lefitsts. Lies are your stock and trade. Otherwise no body would buy the manure you sell.

    November 18, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. CryBabies

    You heard it from the "Brains" of the Administration. I think he also made the phrase..."What.... me worry?"

    November 18, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. just asking

    Tampa Tim
    Just – Ever hear of politifact? Search to problems with Medicare part D roll out.
    ---

    that was the rollout of an entirely new program which wasn't preceded by the cancellation of a prior plan and a forced sign up period with a totally malfunctioning website that threatens to leave people without their healthcare coverage.

    also bush didn't lie to the entire country about it like obama and the democrats have lied to the american people about obamacare. your comparisons are as lame as obama's endless excuses and fingerpointing. and none of the american people are buying your lies anymore.

    November 18, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Wes

    Biden is a disaster.

    November 18, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Beans

    Lmao, that's reassuring, Coming from Biden.

    November 18, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Jeff Frank (Ohio T Party) "Right Wing Insanity"

    ACA is a law, and the Democrats own it. So, you don't like it? Man Up!!!

    November 18, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Anthony in California

    The difference is Republicans are NOT a party of FIXING anything. If something isnt working right, it failed (except for anything Bush did, in which case, they were all victories). The duration of Obama's Presidency, they solved nothing and obstructed everything. Its not in their nature to work together to solve problems. They simply blame the other person, then demand their power back (so they can break more stuff).

    Idiocracy, indeed.

    November 18, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. vance j

    so why doesn't cnn report on the fact that when biden went to unc chapel hill that he took the undergraduate library over as his headquarters. and that when he did that denied the unc/chapel hill students the ability to use that library when they have papers and finals due before thanksgiving break? a bit arrogant of him no?

    November 18, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Sheila

    By the time you "fix it" – Joe, it will be too late. Why don't you just "scrap" that law ? and start over ? Take whatever money that Health Care Law "would have got" from the Fed, and spread it out to the states, according to population. The states w/ the most pop, would get more, and the states w/ the least pop, would get the least. IT Should Be Up To The States, To Take Care of Their Own People, w / Health Care !! This way, that is something the Federal Gov't doesn't have to deal with.....It's much too Complicated !!!

    November 18, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. HenryMiller

    "Biden on healthcare.gov: 'We're going to fix it'"

    Not likely, but even if you do, that's not going to fix Obamacare itself, which is an irreparable disaster no matter what.

    November 18, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. Thomas

    If the GOP had anything to offer but negativity , we would see some improvements.

    Green Eggs and Ham

    November 19, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |