HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tried to reassure an anxious crowd of ObamaCare supporters yesterday that the infamous glitches that have been plaguing ObamaCare for the two weeks since its launch were resolved – only to find that the very audience she was speaking to still couldn’t sign up for ObamaCare due to the technical errors!
“Believe me, we had some early glitches,” Sebelius told the crowd assembled at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. “But it’s getting better every day.” Meanwhile, an army of certified ObamaCare navigators attempting to sign people up in the stadium were still unable to access the website.
Unbelievably, when asked about the fact that the ObamaCare site was still full of glitches, Sebelius passed the blame onto the internet service at Heinz field!
No, we’re not joking. See below.
Stop trying to pass the blame, Secretary Sebelius. The Obama Administration is starting to realize what House Republicans have known all along – ObamaCare’s big government, red-tape, fee-filled prescription is not the solution America’s health care system needs.
From the Pittsburgh Tribune:
“Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had a front-row view of the problems plaguing the website that the government established to allow people to shop for health insurance under Obamacare.
“Sebelius and Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney were at an enrollment and education event on Thursday at Heinz Field to promote Healthcare.gov, but people who showed up encountered problems in signing up for coverage on the website.
“Unable to handle heavy online traffic and riddled with technical glitches, the website has been a source of criticism of the Obama administration and the new Affordable Care Act since its start on Oct. 1.
“Sebelius, who is making similar trips to cities across the country to spread the word about the website, told the audience of about 100 people that Healthcare.gov was “open for business.”
“’Believe me, we had some early glitches,’ said Sebelius, who was introduced by Rooney, a backer of the law. ‘But it’s getting better every day.'”
At the back of the room, it was a different story. About 20 people armed with laptops and certified by the government to sign up people for coverage were meeting with uninsured people, answering questions and fruitlessly trying to access the website.
LaKesha Lowry, 41, came to the event to find out about her health insurance options. But the North Side resident said she was not able to access the site, even with the help of a certified application counselor.
“’It said, ‘Try again later,” Lowry said.
“Asked about the ongoing problems with the website and the fact that people at a government enrollment event couldn’t sign up, Sebelius told reporters that she didn’t know what problems were affecting service at Heinz Field. The government has made hardware and software upgrades to improve the site, she said, and it is working for many people.
“’We’re working to ensure it’s easy to use,’ Sebelius said, noting that more than 13 million people have visited the site, an ‘extraordinary’ level of traffic.
“Technicians, she said, are ‘working around the clock to add capacity.'”