Lawmakers say deadline for enrollment should be extended in light of healthcare website problems
6:36 AM, Oct 28, 2013
There is more trouble for the government's healthcare website.
An outage over the weekend knocked a key part of that site offline. That's just the latest in a string of failures since the site launched October first.
The part of healthcare.gov that verifies information for people applying for insurance went down Sunday.
There was an outage with an outside contractor and several websites were affected.
"This is creating an issue of confidence in the minds of the American people," said Gov. John Kasich, (R) Ohio.
The Obama Administration now says they can get it up and running smoothly by the end of November.
Due to the problems and delays, even Democrats now say the government should extend the deadline to sign up and delay penalties. "Extend the period in which people can enroll, so we can make sure we can get as many people who want health insurance," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, (D) New Hampshire.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be grilled about the website's failures on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Some lawmakers want her to resign. "If she cannot reorganize to get the kind of a team consistently to meet his agenda, then she shouldn't be there," said Rep. Darrell Issa, (R) California.
"I think she should stay. And I think she will get the job done and I think she needs to bring people around her and I think she can do that," said Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia.