‘Americans Deserve Answers and Swift Solutions

Kay Hagan is pictured. | AP Photo
By BURGESS EVERETT | 11/11/13 4:00 PM EST
Democrats are trying to cover their tracks now that ACA (Obama Care) is such a disaster. I remind you that NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR THIS BILL! This is completely the Dem’s responsibility, and as such they should be taken to task for it!!

Senators will ask the Obama administration for a full investigation into the bungled launch of HealthCare.gov, according to a letter being circulated by Sen. Kay Hagan.

The North Carolina Democrat is collecting signatures this week for a letter to Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dodaro and Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson asking for “a complete, thorough investigation to determine the causes of the design and implementation failures of HealthCare.gov.”

These problems are simply unacceptable, and Americans deserve answers and swift solutions. Taxpayers are owed a full and transparent accounting of how the vendors contracted to build the site failed to launch it successfully,” a draft of the letter reads.

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Hagan will ask watchdogs at GAO and HHS to report to Congress how much the construction of HealthCare.gov was supposed to cost and how much it will end up costing. She’s also seeking to determine the size of contracts, whether contractors were paid for unsatisfactory work and how much more is currently being spent to fix the website. The administration has told Senate Democrats the website will be functioning as intended by the end of November.

The letter also asks why it took more than a year after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law to award the primary HealthCare.gov contract and why the contract was opened to only a limited pool of bidders.

Hagan’s letter will likely garner signatures from senators in both parties and reflects a gradual push among Democratic lawmakers — particularly those like Hagan up for reelection next year — to propose tweaks, changes and reviews of the Affordable Care Act following a disastrous fall rollout that included a malfunctioning website and millions of canceled insurance plans.

(Understanding Obamacare: POLITICO’s guide to the ACA)

Hagan and Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have signed onto a bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to allow people served with insurance cancellation notices to keep their current plan. Several 2014 Democrats have also endorsed the idea of extending Obamacare’s open enrollment deadline past March 31, a proposal Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) will put into legislation this week. And Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has proposed suspending for a year the individual mandate’s enforcement mechanism, a $95 fine.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/kay-hagan-obamacare-probe-99675.html#ixzz2l1AaXD5Q


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