Obama: Health care law more important than website
Monday, October 21, 2013 3:50 PM
President Barack Obama defended his signature health care law today and pledged that his administration will commit the resources necessary to get the online exchanges operating correctly, Bloomberg reported.
In a speech in the White House Rose Garden, the president said flaws in the exchanges don't indicate a broader failure of the program and he rebutted attacks by congressional Republicans. Obama acknowledged the website, which is key to getting as many as 7 million uninsured Americans covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hasn't met expectations.
"Nobody's madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed," Obama said. "The essence of the law, the health insurance that's available to people, is working just fine. We did not wage this long and contentious battle just around a website."
Republican congressmen say someone should be held accountable for the flawed rollout. Among the targets is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, from Sebelius' home state of Kansas, has called for her resignation.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said in an e-mailed statement, "Somebody ought to be accountable for this mess, and if the president isn't going to resign, it's up to him to figure out who should."