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Affordable Care Act website uproar continue
The uproar over the Affordable Healthcare Act continues.
Congress held the first of several hearings yesterday, trying to get answers as to why the government's health care website is having so many technical problems
The three week old Obamacare website has been plagued by glitches since its launch. That's left lawmakers of both parties angry. But republicans are demanding that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resign or be fired.
Sebelius: The majority of people who are calling on me to resign are people I don't work for and they are people who don't want the program to work in the first place.
The project so far has cost hundreds of millions -- $375 million on the two largest contracts alone- that's well over twice as much as Apple spent developing the iPhone. But when pressed by congress, the contractors who helped build the site could not say when the problems will be fixed.
Cheryl Campbell/CGI: There's improvements day over day. I cannot give you an exact date as to when it will be completely to satisfaction.
Lawmakers were not happy with that answer.
Rep. Joe Pitts/R-PA: Why were we told everything was ok a few
Weeks before one of the biggest it disasters in government history many democrats charged that republicans don't want Obamacare to work at all.
Rep Henry Waxman/D-CA: We have already documented a record of republicans attempting to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
The contractors placed some of the blame on the administration for requesting last minute changes -- and also said they had only a few days to test the site before it launched. Secretary Sebelius will get to respond to those charges next week when she testifies on Capitol Hill.