Point person on Obamacare website assures senators on code, security - Washington Times
President Obama's point person in implementing the new health care law assured senators Tuesday that the federal Obamacare website is salvageable and secure, even as her agency acknowledged it had to fix software code after a man in North Carolina reported he stumbled upon another man's personal information.
Marilyn Tavenner has enjoyed bipartisan support as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but the disastrous rollout of online markets tied to Mr. Obama's signature law has left the administration facing political fire -- some of it friendly -- on Capitol Hill.
Since Oct. 1, HealthCare.gov, which serves 36 states, and several state-run websites have struggled to enroll users, while millions of Americans say they have received cancellation notices from insurers because their current plans do not meet the Affordable Care Act's standards.
Ms. Tavenner said web-based problems exceeded expectations and prevented many people from completing the enrollment process on HealthCare.gov.
"We acknowledge that we have a lot more to do, and we're ready to do it," she told lawmakers.
She also said long-awaited figures on enrollment will be released next week, but an agency spokeswoman declined to pinpoint an exact date beyond the "mid-November" period the Obama administration had promised.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, said Tuesday he issued a subpoena for the enrollment data because he is sick of waiting.
"We are past the point of rallies, rollouts and revisionism," he said. "Congress and the American people need the facts."
The hearings offer Senate Democrats a chance to air their concerns about the implementation of a law they've cheered on since its passage in 2010.
On Tuesday, Democrats on the Senate health committee wavered between disappointment with the rollout and condemnation of the pre-Obamacare health system. best acne treatment Back then, they said, insurers looking to cut costs kicked consumers off their plans for pre-existing conditions as trivial as acne.
"That old value system was no good for this country," said Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat and health committee chairman.
Fellow Democrats said GOP lawmakers' constituents would be faring better if their states had taken responsibility for running the exchanges.
But their optimism was counterbalanced by concerns that Americans' will not take advantage of the law's benefits once the website is fixed.