WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today legislators continued to grill Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the launch of healthcare.gov as controversy surrounding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, continues to grow. Sebelius is the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and she apologized before lawmakers Wednesday for difficulties people have been experiencing with the national healthcare site.”
“Sooner or later they'll get the website fixed, but that ain't going to solve the problem.” is what Senator Mitch McConnell told us today. With the bumpy rollout of the healthcare.gov website, he says at a minimum, the portion of the healthcare law requiring individuals to buy insurance should be delayed by a year.
He went on to say, “The president on his own has already delayed the business mandate, the employer mandate, for a year. Why should businesses be treated better than individuals?” McConnell says many as half of the 600,000 Kentuckians with private insurance plans will lose their coverage at the end of the year.
Kentucky Representative John Yarmuth admits the website rollout has been rocky, but the criticism of the Obama administration is unfair.
He told us, “They say ‘well the president said if you like your insurance, you can keep it.’ Well that is if the insurance company continues to offer that policy and a lot of insurance companies are making business decisions to get out of certain markets.”
Yarmuth says delaying the individual mandate now would be premature, and administration officials should be given time to sort out the kinks.
Sebelius has promised lawmakers the issues surrounding the national healthcare website will be resolved by November 30th. She apologized to legislators today and said that ,”You deserve better.”