Glitchy Obamacare site fuels healthcare fight

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Several Republicans are pointing their fingers at Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

If you’ve caught a glimpse of any recent news headlines, no doubt your eyes were assaulted by the phrases “Obamacare” and “government shutdown” over and over. Well, that’s because Congress has been having a hard time deciding how to spend money on the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) – a law that says every citizen should have health insurance.

Now, after a government shutdown and a narrowly dodged debt crisis, lawmakers are back in session and arguing about the failing Obamacare website.

You see, on October 1, Americans all across the nation were allowed to access healthcare.gov and shop for insurance plans. However, it was extremely glitchy and as a result, only a small number of citizens have gotten insurance.

As Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explains, “I’ll be the first to tell you that the website launch was rockier than we would have liked.” She also said there are plans to smooth out the glitches. However, some members of Congress felt there shouldn’t have been any bugs in the first place.

“Enough is enough,” said Senator Pat Roberts, who is (or should I say was?) a long time friend of Sebelius. “Secretary Sebelius has had three and a half years to launch Obamacare, and she has failed.” He’s not the only one upset about the site. “I think this is emblematic of how problematic this is going to be in the future,” said Representative John Fleming of Louisiana. In other words, he believes the failing website is a pretty bad omen for all of Obamacare.

However, President Barack Obama and most Democrats still have faith in the Affordable Care Act. White House spokesman Jay Carney stated, “The result will be millions of Americans who have insurance who did not have it before… And the goal is not about the website. The goal is that the American people who have been shut out of affordable health care options in the past have those options available to them.”

Featured image courtesy of HealthCare.gov.