DC Bureau in hearing room as Sebelius testifies

October 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – She was only in the hot seat for a few minutes before Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered up an apology Wednesday morning.

Sebelius was questioned by the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the rocky rollout of the “Obamacare” website.

Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro reports, Sebelius seemed annoyed and even combative as lawmakers fired away their questions.

Some Republicans still say it’s the legislation, not just the website, that’s the real problem.  Many Republicans called for Sebelius to resign or even be fired.

Many Democrats say they want to work together to fix the problems with healthcare.gov.

At one point, Sebelius said, “Hold me accountable for the debacle.  I’m responsible.”  She also apologized to the American public.

“I am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of healthcare.gov. So let me say directly to these Americans, you deserve better, I apologize. I am accountable to you for fixing these problems. And I’m committed to earning your confidence back by fixing this site,” said Sebelius.

Wednesday’s hearing was just one of several hearings on the “Obamacare” website, but it’s the one that’s gotten the most attention so far.  Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee announced it will hold a hearing of its own.