The lead architect of Obamacare in the Senate said the U.S. health secretary needs to stay at the helm to repair the insurance exchanges and must “meet, and I’d prefer you beat” an end-of-the-month deadline for the fixes.
Two Senate Democrats are rallying support for measures to delay Obamacare penalties or let people keep their health plans as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies again on the flawed rollout.
Two Democratic senators from states that lean Republican are rallying support for proposals that would delay penalties or let people keep existing health plans after flaws hobbled the federal online exchanges.
The U.S. health-insurance exchange is seeing improvement and can now register 17,000 customers per hour “with almost no errors,” an Obama administration official said at a Senate hearing where the website’s underperformance was targeted by both political parties.
The race to construct an online insurance exchange by Oct. 1 spurred the Obama administration to use an expedited bidding system that limited its choice of a builder to just four companies, including CGI Group Inc.
The Obamacare health-insurance exchanges enrolled 248 people in their first two days, as website outages and software errors hindered sign-ups, according to documents obtained by a congressional oversight committee.
Google Inc., Red Hat Inc., Oracle Corp. and other technology companies are contributing dozens of computer engineers and programmers to help the Obama administration fix the U.S. health-insurance exchange website.