According to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama was incredibly never informed of the massive problems plaguing the HealthCare.gov website.
Secretary Sebelius made the statement on CNN Tuesday. Many in Washington are finding it hard (or impossible) to believe that the president’s signature legislation in his last five years was falling apart and he knew nothing about it.
Speaking with a clearly startled Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, she made it clear that the problems facing the Obamacare website were not conveyed to the president. That means nothing since the law's passage in April, 2010.
There are many in Congress who feel Sebelius is over her head and not capable to run such a massive operation for the government. She told Gupta during their White House interview that the president “only became aware of the problems only a few days after the website's launch.
The interview itself was aired Tuesday night on "Anderson Cooper 360."
HealthCare.gov was actually first tested less than one week before going national on the website to millions of Americans. It crashed even when only a few hundred people were attempting to log on.
Even though the White House proposes over 70 million Americans will use the site to sign up for health insurance, high tech professionals say it may take months to rectify the problems.
Having health insurance is legally required in less than three months.
Sebelius said during the Gupta interview that "the A-team" would be called in to fix the problems which include multifaceted problems. Gupta asked the logical follow-up questions of why “the A-team” wasn’t sent in months or years ago.
The secretary’s answer? - "I can't tell you why. We had hoped that they had their A-team on the table, but I am talking with CEOs and urging them to make sure that we have the talent available."
Gupta asked Sebelius the obvious question of whether she should resign over the monumental blunders.
She never addressed the question. Instead she said, "This is the most important work I've ever done in my life, delivering on an historic act, making sure that we have health security for the millions of Americans. I think my job is to get this fully implemented and to get the website working right. I work at the pleasure of the president."
Sebelius’s final question concerned the complexity of the technical matters. “The website is a tool for people who are tech savvy, and HHS never anticipated that everyone would want to use the website.
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