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Lawmakers Seeking Answers About Obamacare Website

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  Original Published: 10/30/2013 It turns out the administration knew the Obamacare website would not be ready when it was scheduled to be rolled out. And now, lawmakers want answers. They plan to get those answers when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill later Wednesday. Ed Payne has more. Another headache for the Obamacare website. The government said on Tueasday night, another outage prevented Americans from submitting new applications. This comes on the same day the Obama administration apologized for the website's dysfunction. "I want to appologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," said Marilyn Tavenner, administrator fo the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tavenner, as the person responsible for the launch of the Obamacare website, faced a barrage of questions. But she mostly stuck to the script. "We will have those numbers available in mid-November, mid-November, mid-November, mid-November," she said. And some lawmakers even got heated with each other. "Are you really serious?" asked one lawmaker. "You had a legitimate alternative? We've got to 44 votes." But that was just the pregame event to what's coming. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is set to testify before a different committee. She'll no doubt face similar questioning, but some say it will be just another opportunity for political posturing. "Some of it will be legitimate points of view, questions being asked, but there is going to be a lot of political theater there too," says Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. "Some of their criticism, I just don't take that seriously." But many argue the criticism is warranted. A confidential report shows the administration was warned about problems with the site a month before launch. CGI, the main contractor on the site, wrote, "We don't have access to monitoring tools and hub services are intermittently unavailable," short for "the site's not working sometimes."
   
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