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President Obama and HHS Secretary Sebelius fall on their swords over Healthcare Overhaul
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is "not happy" with the technical problems that have plagued healthcare.gov
He has personally pledged to see to it the site gets fixed.
He is also promising that people who want to keep their current health care plans will be able to.
Yesterday the Obama administration went into full damage control over the problems at healthcare.gov
President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius both fell on their swords.
I take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed asap
Hold me accountable for the debacle. I'm responsible.
But there was another significant admission from President Obama
Yesterday he walked back this often-repeated promise.
If you like your plan,// you can keep your plan but now the president admits - that's not true
Ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans, what we said under the law is, you've got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage
That means plans that add hospital coverage maternity and mental health care prescription drugs. And up to 15 million Americans who had cheap but limited coverage are learning they're losing their plan
If you're getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace. You're going to get a better deal
But republicans say the president flat out lied - and Americans are losing the ability to choose their coverage.
Some people like to drive a Ford, not a Ferrari, and some people like to drink out of a red solo cup, not a crystal stem.
Secretary Sebelius said the bulk of the issues at healthcare.gov will be fixed by the end of November.
Rep. Pitts: Do you believe that two weeks was enough time to complete testing of the entire system?
Sec. Sebelius: Clearly not.
Millions of Americans are frustrated with the healthcare.gov site.
But do they believe Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius should lose her job because of the botched rollout?
More than 3300 viewers took part in our survey with 37 of our Sister Stations nationwide.
65 % of people said yes.
29 % said no.
6 % said they didn't know.