Political bickering during Obamacare hearing

October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of Congress fired questions at the contractors who are working on the Affordable Care Act Web site glitches Thursday morning.

But the contractors are not taking the blame.

“The federal exchange, including the FFM, is not a standard consumer Web site,” said Cheryl Campbell, Sr. Vice President of CGI Federal. She’s part of the team of contractors who were tasked with building the site.

During Thursday’s hearing, the contractors said their companies were not responsible. They even went as far as blaming the White House for not giving them enough time, each admitting there was not enough testing of the entire healthcare.gov system.

Meanwhile, members of Congress bickered, with Democrats accusing Republicans of continuing to sabotage Obamacare instead of trying to fix it.

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) is one of the members of Congress who asked questions inside the hearing. He said he’s not satisfied.

“We got to get the answers. We have to find out who was responsible. Why did they make these changes?” Latta said.

Latta said the blame game is not good enough.

“These companies are saying they individually tested…it doesn’t sound like this is being done,” he said.

Minutes after speaking to Latta, a letter of retaliation was released, accusing Latta of trying to sabotage the health law, saying he’s trying to leave millions of Americans with no affordable insurance options at all.

“To have these questions asked by people who have sabotaged this law from the beginning is clearly not meant to be helpful,” said Caren Benjamin, who works for Americans United for Change. Her group is responsible for releasing the letter.

Benjamin said Republicans should not complain that the law they tried to kill repeatedly is not working fast enough.

“What I would like to see is for Republicans to make a good faith effort to implement this law,” Benjamin said.

The next hearing is set for next Wednesday. That’s when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify. And that is the moment many Republicans say they are waiting for.

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