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On Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began holding daily briefings to address technical problems with the website, though the many of the issues still remain shrouded from the public.

Republicans are turning to a familiar tactic, congressional hearings. It’s the same tactic they took as they looked to connect Obama to wrongdoing in the deaths of Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the bankruptcy of the solar energy company Solyndra, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ failed gun-smuggling sting operation known as "Fast and Furious," and a number of other problems that have arisen since the president took office.

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"This is more than a website problem. We are also concerned about what happens next," GOP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, chairman of the House committee that will hear from Sebelius on Wednesday, said in the Republicans’ weekly radio and Internet address.

Dezenhall said that while investigations may help Republicans do some damage to the health care law, "there’s a difference between roughing up your enemy and defeating them."

"They can certainly put some points on the board but I don’t see a great Republican coup anytime soon," he said.

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AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.

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