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Lance Committee Questions Healthcare.gov Design

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Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ 07) and members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee heard from the contractors on the problem-plagued website for President Obama's signature health care reform who blamed a lack of testing on the full system and last-minute changes by the federal agency overseeing the online enrollment system as the top reasons for the troubled ObamaCare website.

"Since its launch over three weeks ago at a cost of more than $450 million, complaints about lengthy log-in delays, incorrect information relayed to insurance companies and other problems have plagued the HealthCare.gov website," said Lance, a member of the House Health Subcommittee. "It's clear to me that the ObamaCare exchange website has not been fully tested before its launch on October 1. This is why both Republicans and Democrats have called for an indefinite delay of ObamaCare."

The committee is expecting testimony from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius next week. "I am relieved Secretary Sebelius has finally agreed to testify before the committee next week. It is my hope that the Secretary can provide clarity as to why the exchanges were not fully operational in advance of open enrollment. These problems extend beyond just the website, but include reports of the loss of insurance coverage and not being able to keep your doctor."

"The exchange launch has been a disaster and gross incompetence has now wasted funds constructing a website that was not properly tested or prepared," Lance concluded.


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