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Sebelius asks for investigation of health-care website

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 11, 2013 at 8:19 a.m.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the implementation failures of the Affordable Care Act.

WASHINGTON — Recognizing that deeper problems may lurk behind the botched rollout of the health-care website, President Barack Obama's top health official Wednesday called for an investigation into management and contracting decisions.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a blog post early Wednesday that she is asking the department's inspector general to investigate the contracting process, management, performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov.

The website was supposed to have been the online portal to coverage under the new health-care law, but technical problems turned it into a frustrating bottleneck for millions of consumers. It's working better now after two months of repairs.

The announcement comes as Sebelius heads to Capitol Hill for another round of grilling Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Lawmakers want explanations for dozens of questions about the website's design, workability and security. They also want to know why Sebelius and other top officials repeatedly assured them everything was on track.

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SurferDuuuude says... December 11, 2013 at 1:21 p.m.

Hey Molly and FSM - The criteria used for whatever "rankings' you provide are garbage and may or may not be relevant to causation. For example in life expectancy data, are deaths by suicide and automobile accidents included? Do such deaths necessarily have anything whatsoever to do with the quality of healthcare in America or elsewhere? My anecdotal criteria is every bit as accurate and scientific as the criteria you so blindly follow. Reckon those infant mortality rates have anything to do with the age of the mother? Baby mommas giving birth at 12, 13, and 14 years of age have a much greater chance of giving birth to a sick child than a baby momma age 25 and older. Could this be the reason for those numbers, FSM and Molly (prototypical useful idiots), as opposed to any particular health care system?
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And can we get back to this shameless nonsensical finger pointing in which Sebelius is engaging? How in Gawd's name does this woman keep her job?

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Pobucker says... December 11, 2013 at 1:35 p.m.

to finish screwing with the lying liberal, FSM:
High rates of premature birth are the main reason the United States has higher infant mortality than do many other rich countries… If the United States could match Sweden’s prematurity rate, the new [CDC] report said, “nearly 8,000 infant deaths would be averted each year, and the U.S. infant mortality rate would be one-third lower.” [But, once born,] premature infants in the United States are more likely to survive than those elsewhere. - See more at: ht tp://healthblog.ncpa.o rg/why-is-the-u-s-infant-mortality-rate-so-high/#sthash.F46OHGQj.dpuf
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So, you lying liberal who has no honor, the US rate of infant mortality is high because we TRY to save them and other countries just say "f it". And I say f you for trying to fool us with your bull.
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Progressive Liberal - a person without honor or integrity who will lie, deceive and distort to achieve their ends.

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Molly44 says... December 11, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.

Ah, but, Jimmy Conway, you will get treated in those other countries. Yes, show me the study. Tell me what to search for on Google that shows we are number 1 in the timing and what the medical condition is and lets look at how significant the differences are between us and other countries that run their healthcare system or have a private/public system (like a public option) where almost everyone is covered.

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Fdworfe says... December 11, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.

Hey, there’s probably no real truth to the rumor that our country’s right wingers are so afraid of Obamacare success that they’d pay a fortune to sabotage the Affordable Care system’s Internet system. Stranger things have happened. Murdoch’s shenanigans in London, England is a pretty good measure of how far some guys will go to make a political point—which of course helps if there’s money to made as well. Meantime, the moral persuasion of Murdoch’s Fox News is in full stream. Mostly with a straight face.

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AmericasDoomed says... December 11, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.

Hand Sebelius a mirror. We found the problem, investigation over.

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Pobucker says... December 11, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.

next up: "The progressive liberal life expectancy deception."
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Why is life expectancy so low when the U.S. health care system is so good? Likely the reasons are behavioral (e.g., smoking, obesity, stress) or public health related (e.g., clean drinking water, sanitation, pollution), and are not due to problems within the medical system. While the U.S. health care system is far from perfect, it is comparable or slightly superior to the medical care received in other developed countries.
•Preston, Samuel H. and Jessica Ho. 2009. “Low Life Expectancy in the United States: Is the Health Care System at Fault?.”
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For anyone who cares to look instead of being deceived by the distortions and lies put out by the progressive liberals in their quest to dominate your life. Never trust them, ever.

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JessePinkman says... December 11, 2013 at 4:09 p.m.

Molly I posted those numbers before and all of the whiny liberals chose to ignore them; I'm not doing it again. I'm just trying to read up on the stories about all of those people who died while being refused service at our hospitals. I will also say for everyone out there saying our life expectancy is lower than other countries, look around. Do you see all of the fat people in our country? I'm guessing that just MIGHT have something to do with it.
Fdworfe really is a special kind of stupid. I guess he/she/it believes everything they are told no matter what the source.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 11, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.

Soooo what Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is say, is that she is clueless of what is going on, in her own Department.

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Populist says... December 11, 2013 at 7:33 p.m.

The rumor in the D.C. area is that Sebelilius' assistant gave the work to a friend's company and that Sebelius and her assistant are nightmares for the i.t. people. No big deal. It is getting worked out. We cannot have Mark Warner in charge of all it projects. This is a weakness for Obama. In the future, we need more tech savvy politicians.

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SurferDuuuude says... December 11, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.

What part of "The Government was in charge and it is totally f'd up" is so difficult to understand?

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