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Durbin: Sebelius Will Testify on Health Care Problems

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Democrat Senator Dick Durbin agreed with Republicans Sunday as he called for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to testify before congress regarding the overload problems that have plagued Heathcare.gov.

He said, “[Sebelius] should be held responsible and she will answer the questions.” But he stopped short of calling for her to be fired.

“It was a big big job and we weren’t ready for it, as we should have been,” Durbin told KMOX.

However some of the problems should be remedied soon, according to the senator. The White House said additional technology experts from both inside and outside the government are being brought in to work on the failures.

But in the meantime Durbin encouraged people to enroll over the phone.

On Monday, President Barack Obama offered “no excuses” and little explanation to many Americans still frustrated by the computer bugs targeting heathcare.gov.

The administration acknowledged that a planned upgrade to the website had been postponed indefinitely and that online Spanish-language signups would remain unavailable, despite a promise to Hispanic groups that the capability would start this week.

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