Sebelius Appears on Capitol Hill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

"In the first few weeks since healthcare.gov launched, users had to wait an average of 8 seconds for pages to load. Today it typically takes less than a second."

Washington, D.C. (AP) -- Today on Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius answered more questions about what went wrong with the October roll-out of healthcare.gov, and what's being done to fix it.

Sebelius was in the hot seat again Wednesday, this time in front of the Senate Finance Committee. Sebelius says instead of shutting down the site, the focus is on doing routine upgrades.

"In the first few weeks since healthcare.gov launched, users had to wait an average of 8 seconds for pages to load. Today it typically takes less than a second."

The questioning got intense, with Senator John Cornyn appearing to lose patience with Sebelius, when he said that the White House promise of "like your plan, keep your plan" isn't true.

Later, Cornyn pushed further, asking why no one has lost their job over the botched website, saying, "The only thing I can conclude is that it is impossible to do something in this administration that gets you fired. It is impossible."

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