Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress
December 1st, 2013
03:08 PM ET
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Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress

Washington (CNN) - News that the Obama administration met critical repair goals for HealthCare.gov brought almost no applause from Capitol Hill Sunday, with just a few members of Congress responding to the website progress report at all.

Of those who responded, most either indicated that they expect more issues or that they saw the website as the beginning of Obamacare's problems.

"Based on past performance, it would be prudent to wait before determining that the website truly is fixed," wrote Doug Heye, deputy chief of staff for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.

As in news conferences and statements in the past two weeks, Heye and other Republicans focused less on the website and more on problems they see with the Affordable Care Act itself.

"Millions of Americans being informed that the health care plans they liked are being canceled - despite the President's repeated assurances otherwise - and being forced to pay higher premiums, deductibles, or both, are a much greater priority than a broken website," the Cantor aide told CNN.

House Speaker John Boehner's office gave a similar statement to CNN Sunday.

"This isn't just about a broken website, it's about a fundamentally-flawed law," wrote Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

"Website is least of Obamacare's problems," echoed Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Twitter.

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the first impression here was terrible," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, said on ABC's “This Week.” "And I think it's going to be an unfolding disaster for the president."

Democrats offered mixed reactions.

"We're getting to a point where, yes, there are a few problems we're working through now, but we can see the end of the era," said Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, on ABC's "This Week". Ellison said Obamacare will lead to a time "where people will be able to get sick and get care and not worry about being dropped ... or going bankrupt."

"The administration has hit some big benchmarks," praised Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, on NBC's “Meet the Press.” But he added that problems may continue. "This is going to take some time before (the website) is up and kicking in full gear ... We should be working together to fix it every day."

soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. basedonfact

    Because there is no way to score political points against Obama using the properly working website.

    December 1, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. rs

    Once the web site works, the GOP's whine points about getting 35 million Americans health care insurance vanish- and we can turn all of our attention to their next threatened government shutdown and default vote.
    The GOP is just like a cartoon league of evil.

    December 1, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. shadhole

    typical debbie downer republicants.

    for the last 2 months all we hear is them whining about how bad the website was. now that the website is fixed they change their whining to complain about something else regarding the law.

    typical. like a bunch of toddlers.

    December 1, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Tony

    This is bad news for Republicans. When Republicans have nothing to say, it is really bad. If millions of Americans still cannot keep their insurance, even though Obama allowed insurance companies to re-offer the canceled plans, this means that many insurance companies do not want to re-offer these plans.

    December 1, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Thomas

    "This isn't just about a broken website, it's about a fundamentally-flawed law," wrote Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

    "Website is least of Obamacare's problems," echoed Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Twitter.

    "You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the first impression here was terrible," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, said on ABC's “This Week.” "And I think it's going to be an unfolding disaster for the president."

    Ohhh the GOP right wing do nothings are all upset it might work after all.

    Will Teddy Cruzy read us more GREEN EGGS AND HAM before we clean our assault weapons and go to bed like good little Teapoopers

    December 1, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Larry

    Glad the website is working well and now we hope that the un-insured can get some insurance and those under-insured can escape from their predatory insurance policy and get one that actually covers something. We won't be surprised to hear the Republicans crying for the insurance companies pushed out of the market for selling worthless coverage.

    December 1, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Whatever man....

    nothing is as effective at silencing repubs in Congress as news that ANYTHING is going in Obama's direction.....

    December 1, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Gary

    Oh, I'm sure theres plenty of other crap in the playbook. The "R's" cant let the fix be the end, they will have to invent more lies.
    Now its back to " Probably, probably, probably and If, If, If."

    December 1, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Dave Hawkins

    Jan. 2017 the end of an Error!

    December 1, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. rs

    Republicans can whine all they like about the ACA, and they can keep calling the President inane names and spin their lies about the law. Meanwhile, we need to keep reminding them that they haven't yet revealed their cunning counter-offer to get more Americans access to health care. Meanwhile, the ACA is law, for people like Republicans who claim to support "law" and the Constitution, they should put up, or shut up.
    What losers!

    December 1, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. brutaltruth

    I suppose there is no fear that the sticker shock of Obamacare won't bring forth an even louder roar to repeal it.
    What's funny is the secret to good insurance is a good job, and this administration with it's laser focus has done an awful job at making a better environment for jobs to be created BECAUSE of the higher costs that Obamacare will put on those evil rich who give YOU a job.

    Bring out the drones of hope and change.

    December 1, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. William1444

    Gee, if he whiney butt, republIcan, racist, phony christian, lap dogs constantly nipping at the ankles
    of President Obama can not find anything they can do except help the rich with lower taxes and
    screwing the poor, the workers, the elderly, the sick what else can they do except buy the TV networks???

    December 1, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. rs

    The ultimate irony is that if the GOP actually supported the American worker, (you know- fair wages, insurance regulations, higher minimum wage, unions, equal pay for women, etc.) there would be o need for the ACA.

    December 1, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Rozzie

    it is so heartening to read all of the above comments! I feel new rays of hope sprouting - the more people sign up, the less the jerky-GOP's have to carp about the healthcare act - and focus yet again - on Benghazi and 'impeach-the-prez' garbage! The Evangical-tea-poopers will be crying all over (and into their rifle ammo) when Hiilary wins! Booo-hooo!

    December 1, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    VOTE for "ME" !!!
    "I" voted for OBAMA CARE !!!

    TRUST "ME" it's great !!!

    Give up your personal ID just to get a quote
    Don't KEEP your Dr.
    Don't KEEP your hospital

    TRUST "ME"
    DMV type medical is just what you need !!!

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    December 1, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Liz the First

    Gee, the haters aren't impressed! what a surprise. they don't want it to work and they don't want Obama to succeed at anything. i hope this goes absolutely gangbusters and shuts the rethugs up once and for all.

    December 1, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. sammy750

    The people don't expect to hear from Congress. They have done nothing since 2010. The voters and the younger voters will make sure they get defeated in 2014 and 2016. We need working law makers not those that are on vacation most of the year just to collect a huge wage. We need a congress who cares about those that in college and in school. The younger voters will defeat the Republicans are they know they raised the interest rate on student loans.

    December 1, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Benzilla

    Funny all you lickin libs have is 8 of you singing his praise. You are a joke. My programmer who is an avid liberal and I mean Obmite to the max, just received an increase on his insurance from 146 a month to 359 a month and he has to carry maternity. He is so livid he said, and i quote "Next election Im voting for everyone with an R next to their name" You clingons have no clue whats really happening out there. Since you all mooch off the government you don't know that the liberals that work for a living and get the notice are jumping ship. .

    December 1, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Wes

    No website will fix the fact my insurance nearly doubled because of uhbama care.

    December 1, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Based on the republican party's present and past performance, I would expect the GOP to self destruct in the 2014 midterms and lose the house and senate!!!!!

    December 1, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Who in their right mind wants to sign up for Obamacare unless they absolutely have no choice?

    December 1, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. SgtRock101

    Based on past performance..... GREAT!!! OBL hated the ACA just as bad as congress did, and look where he ended up. Those suicide vest wearing TEA Pottie fanatics are crying in their sleep from the frustration and consequence of betting FOR American failure. Time for them to move on to the next phony crisis. I wonder what they'll stew up this time????

    December 1, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. OrmondGeorge

    "If you can't say anything bad, don't say anything."

    December 1, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Ken

    Just wait until the ACA is in full swing. I hope you enjoyed eating because your check is going to be mighty small after the Obamacare tax kicks in.
    Oh, all of you for the ACA, how many of you actually signed up for it? I'm guessing not even one of you. I bet you think this new law will have zero affect on you financially, that's why you support it so much.

    December 1, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Only mean spirited Republican Tea Partiers and conservative purists are hoping the Affordable Care Act would fail during this holiday season of joy, peace, and good will. There is no room in their cold cold hearts for the sick, hungry, and poor.

    December 1, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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