October 22, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before members of Congress next Wednesday, confronting many Republicans who are calling for her resignation after a turbulent roll out of the Affordable Care Act Web site.
Republican Rep. Bob Latta (OH), who is vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wants answers.
“There has got to be some accountability out there,” Latta said.
He said he has several questions ready for Sebelius, including why the site is not working and how the site will be fixed. He also wants to know how much the site is going to cost the American people.
“It’s not ready for primetime,” Latta said. “The real question is, if it’s not ready for primetime, how do you expect the American people to sign up for it?”
Latta is one of 30 Republicans and 24 Democrats on the committee, and he voted more than 40 times to repeal ACA, also called Obamacare.
Sebelius already admitted that the online insurance marketplace where customers can shop for insurance plans needed five years of construction, but her office only had two years to work on the site, with almost zero testing.
She appeared at a White House press conference Monday, where President Barack Obama said there is no excuse for the glitches with the online system.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the White House intends to cooperate fully with the congressional hearing.
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