Healthcare.gov Official: "I Want to Apologize to You"

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Oct. 29 2013 11:09 AM

Healthcare.gov Official: "I Want to Apologize to You"

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Healthcare.gov has run into one problem after another since its Oct. 1 launch

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Weigel will have plenty more from the healthcare.gov hearings over on the hill today, but the early news from the congressional hearing: We have an apology. Politico flags the quote in question from CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, whose agency runs the troubled Obamacare enrollment website:

"I want to apologize to you that the website is not working as well as it should," she told the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing Tuesday morning, the first congressional hearing to feature an Obama administration official speaking on the federal exchange website since its troubled launch. "I want to assure you that healthcare.gov can be fixed, and we are working around the clock to give you the experience that you deserve."
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Today's action is serving largely as preview for tomorrow's main event: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. You can watch today's hearing live over on C-Span.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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