Van Hollen, Paul weigh in on ‘Obamacare,’ hearings

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What should be done about Obamacare website's glitches?

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 10:01 pm

WASHINGTON – As Congress on Thursday begins to scrutinize the source of glitches that have plagued Healthcare.gov, many Republicans and Democrats have expressed differing viewpoints about who is to blame.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told WTOP Thursday morning there is no denying that the Obamacare website has problems, but congressional hearings on the matter should focus on getting the site functioning — and quickly — rather than placing blame.

“I hope these hearings do not distract from the effort to get it right as fast as possible,” Van Hollen says. “There is a time for holding people accountable and that should be done, but right now we need to use this time to get it right so people can access the system.”

The site’s own contractors are not shy about placing blame, saying the Obama administration shares responsibility for the site’s glitches.

Van Hollen says Maryland is among the states that have been slow to use the new health care system.

“In Maryland, it got off to a slow start but it’s still proceeded better than some of these federal exchanges,” he says. “In Kentucky they are going very well. So this is an example of,


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