Health Insurance Website Problems Focus Of Capitol Hill Hearing

WASHINGTON (October 23, 2013) Republicans on a U.S. House panel looking into the government's troubled health insurance website Thursday say the problems reflect deeper flaws in the Affordable Care Act.

At a hearing Thursday, they were accusing administration officials of misleading Congress with repeated assurances that the rollout of the new health care law is on track.

"The American people deserve something that works, or start over,´ U.S. Rep Tim Murphy, R-Pa., said.

Democrats are acknowledging the website problems but defending the law itself.

They say Republicans are trying to sabotage the law instead of fixing it.

"Republicans don't have clean hands coming here,” U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said

Lawmakers were hearing from the principal contractors responsible for the health insurance website.

Executives of CGI Federal, which built the site, and QSI, which designed the part that verifies applicants' income and other personal details, are testifying.

They said the Obama administration shares responsibility for the snags that have crippled the system.

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