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. Ron

    The administration says it is fixed so it must be so. They also said I could keep my health insurance and my doctor.....oh and that is true also. Get a grip people, the website is the tip of the iceberg!

    December 1, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. Quixote

    The righties have to now come up with some other boogeyman. The talking point/lie for today os "security." Are they going to call dog and pony show hearings in the House to highlight the fact that it is now working and that millions of Americans will have health coverage well in advance of the 2014 elections?

    December 1, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. Ross Magerus

    I am sure that some people are having their policies cancelled.
    That's because the government offers low income people better coverage for free, under Medicare expansion.
    People are going to have to go out and get some DECENT insurance, and not saddle the rest of us with their hospital bills, if they get sick and have cut-rate insurance, that doesn't cover them.
    The next step is both sides working together to control costs. A $200 dollar aspirin is unacceptable.
    Hopefully both side will work together, and this anti-Obama agenda by the GOP will end. It was originally to see that he didn't get reelected, but since he did, and since he can't run again, and since it's hurting the country, it's kind of pointless.
    I'm looking forward to next years shutdown, by Cruz the Grinch, and his obedient puppy Boehner, who lacks the gut to lead his party.

    December 1, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. Jeff Frank (Ohio T Party) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Communist Takeover of America GOAL#33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

    December 1, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Nametp

    Some idiots think the website is the problem. Ha, wait until it IS working then you will see the REAL problems. Can't wait.

    December 1, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  6. davecu

    Hey, they put a ribbon on that pig!
    It's still pork based, badly conceived waste of our money.
    Something the 'believers' seems abundantly capable of doing.
    As always, follow the money.

    December 1, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. SeniorMoment

    Republicans will never embrace the Affordable Care Act, much as they have never embraced Social Security and verbally continue to undermine it. Fortunately, for the nations Republicans aren't the only ones with a voice. I hope this brings an end to the double digit annual increase in my own health insurance premium and out of pocket costs. For the first time my annual premium, which is for a Medicare Supplement, actually decreased because of price competition among health care providers, seeking to keep their existing patients.

    December 1, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Freddy

    Nope, just tried it….still doesn't work. figures. don't want to sound like a 'r' but this is getting ridiculous.

    December 1, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  9. cbp

    It is time to use a little patience. It is also time for Congress to let us know what kind of health insurance they are offered and how much they pay. They have done a lot of complaining but very little explaining about the coverage that they have which of course we do pay for since their insurance is underwritten by us.

    This was a huge undertaking and there were problems. However, anyone who says or believes that there are not problems with the internet is fooling themselves. We have problems every day just getting our mail and reading the news.

    December 1, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. John/kc

    If republicans had raised the medicaid limits like the law was supposed to work, there would truly have been many more sign up with premium help for the low wage people, but many states like Kansas and Missouri chose not to, so someone in poverty in those states gets no premium assistance.

    December 1, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. Redrobe

    If your dreams for your kids is that someday they can get on disability, score a food stamp EBIT card malfunction and loot a store or maybe they could be the one that lands a successful rock on a policeman during riots when these benefits implode...then keep voting democrat!

    December 1, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  12. Peace

    No wonder Congress approval is 9%. We all know they are do nothing people. Is it even difficult for them to say at least one good thing once in a while? Why do they make people get depressed all the time? Come 2014 , the house will be cleaned thoroughly. Its tiresome.

    December 1, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. Foreigner in US for decade

    I never understood why right wings always try to destroy internally when Obama is trying to help a lot of poor people. Anyway its good news that the website is fixed even though republicans tried everything to defund obamacare. Its ironic that they complain and whine a lot on the website when they blocked every possible funding in the last three years. If there in no money obviously the website will have glitches.

    December 1, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. J.V.Hodgson

    Awe shucks the website is working much better so what will House republicans now do ? I know pass another repeal oriented bill in house for PPACA. Worse still that's all the "work "they'll do!! except perhaps try to shut the government down again like the spoilt little brats they are.
    Immigration reform, ENDA, reconcile a budget, heaven for bid they could do something real and effective for the people.
    PS whether PPACA existed or not all existing policy holders would be facing a premium increase.

    December 1, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  15. Joe in Vegas

    Give them some time to troll web sites so they can figure out how to make some stuff up. Not much originality with the GOP. They have to left and reverse talking points or plagiarize bumperstickers and 90's Sci Fi movies.

    December 1, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  16. Brian in DC

    And yet when CNN went on to test the Web site it crashed. Sounds like a bunch of lying again.

    December 1, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. john

    what's there to say Obamacare will be a failure. Let it speak for itself.

    December 1, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. electric52

    I so wanted Obamacare to work, and as much as I hate the GOP, I'm very disappointed in what is offered. I went to the website, finally was able to compare insurance policies and found that I could save only $100/month off of a plan that I already am paying for (for 2 years) while the government picks up nearly $700. HELLO ..... HELLO .... HELLO .... the US can hardly afford to pay for Social Security and Medicare, and now we're going to dump a BIGGER BILL on the US. I'm sorry but that's irresponsible. I'm not signing up. I'm keeping my present insurance policy and saving the government $700/month. Sorry, but there has got to be a more responsible means to help those who don't have health insurance without breaking the bank. AND WE ARE GOING TO BREAK THE BANK WITH THIS POLICY. I'm really disappointed. I think the DEMS are going to take a hit and the GOP is going to pick up Congressional seats, as much as I hate the Tea Party and bimbos like Palin.

    December 1, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. Balls McGhee

    basing the failure of Obamacare on the website is like saying the ice cream is bad because you cant find a spoon.

    December 2, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. meat

    Stupid as stupid dummycraps can get. There is OBVIOUS FLAWS in this broken system and yet you monkeys STILL turn a blind eye. Pathetic losers. When buying a product, any product, its NOT just about the packaging. The content is MOST IMPORTANT.

    December 2, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. LesK

    You moronic posters act like you personally won a victory. "Oh Republicans will find something else to whine about". "They'll have to invent more lies." You're so naive that you believe everything that is told to you by Obama and Democrats. So blind that it doesn't even cross your mind that you've been lied to from the beginning because someone came out and said "Oh, we meant to say. . . "


    December 2, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  22. Rennie

    Seems like every comment here was to trash Republicans and with a lot of projection. How about fixing your attitude? If there were complaints you would complain; if there is quiet, you complain. Trashing people is just a reflection of insecurity in self or position. You are taking the low road and it is nothing to admire. Don't bash me; I'm just an observer.

    December 2, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  23. Marcia Parisi

    The Republicans have done NOTHING to help average working class Americans. They actually don't want this website or this law to work, and don't care about Americans getting affordable healthcare. They are worse than horrible and have obstructed every effort by Obama since day #1. What else is new?

    December 2, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  24. John the Electrician

    And by tomorrow morning the legion of paid hackers will attack the web site and it will go down again.

    December 2, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. just asking

    whether the web site works or not, it doesn't change the facts about obamacare and all of the lies that were told to the american people to get it passed. the facts are obama lied to all of us about losing our insurance plans, losing our doctor, losing our hospital, saving $2500/year, not taxing the middle class, and on and on. when tens of millions of people lose their employer based insurance plans because of obamacare, that is when to shiite will really hit the fan for obama and the democrats. obamafraud is really what this plan is all about.

    December 2, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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