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Officials: Worst tech bugs over for Healthcare.gov

First Published Dec 01 2013 11:16AM      Last Updated Dec 01 2013 01:02 pm
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"HealthCare.gov and the overall enrollment process continue to improve, but there are significant issues that still need to be addressed," said Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Republicans, betting frustration about the health care law is their best bet to make gains in 2014’s congressional and gubernatorial elections, continued their criticism of the system.

"I don’t know how you fix it, I’ll be honest," said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. "I don’t know how you fix a program that was put together in this manner with only one side of the aisle, and taking the shortcuts we’re taking to put it in place."



Democrats, sensing their potential vulnerability, sought to blame Republicans for not offering ideas on how to improve the website.

"Yes, we have to fix it. We should be working together to fix it," said Van Hollen, a former chairman of the committee tasked to elect more Democrats to the U.S. House.

The first big test of the repaired website probably won’t come for a few more weeks, when an enrollment surge is expected as consumers rush to meet a Dec. 23 deadline so their coverage can kick in on the first of the year.

Avoiding a break in coverage is particularly important for millions of people whose current individual policies were canceled because they don’t meet the standards of the health care law, as well as for a group of about 100,000 in an expiring federal program for high-risk patients.

Ellison spoke to ABC’s "This Week." Rogers and Van Hollen were interviewed on NBC’s "Meet the Press." Corker joined CBS’ "Face the Nation."

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Associated Press writers Darlene Superville and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.

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