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White House Takes on Health Law Critics
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama spoke in the historic Faneuil Hall in Massachusetts in defense of his signature health care law while accepting “full responsibility” for the technical glitches that have made its launch confusing. With an audience cheering him on, Obama promised while pounding his fist on the podium, “We are going to see this through.”
On another side, Ms. Sebelius too took full responsibility for the technical glitches, telling the House Energy and Commerce Committee that she was surprised by the website being crippled on Oct 1. She said, “no one indicated that this could possibly go this wrong.”
Though she said, “Hold me accountable for the debacle. I’m responsible,” it was clear the blame was on the “no one” who failed to indicate things could go wrong.
When the committee hearing Sebelius’s account tried to access HealthCare.gov they received the by now popular message, reflecting the state of the nation: “The system is down at the moment. We are experiencing technical difficulties and hope to have them resolved soon…”
Representative Fred Upton told Sebelius, “There are millions of Americans coast to coast who no doubt believed the president’s repeated promise that if they liked their plan, they’d be able to keep it.” However, he added, “They are now receiving termination notices.”
On the other side, during his speech, President Obama tackled the same question of termination letters and said, “So, if you’re getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace. That’s what it’s for … most people are going to be able to get better, comprehensive healthcare plans for the same price or even cheaper than projected.”
Comparing the health care law to the similar law Romney implemented in Massachusetts, the President said Romney “did the right thing on health care.”
But, Mr. Romney, who was not issued an invitation to attend the speech, issued a statement and said, “Nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country.”