Congress is demanding answers today about the rocky rollout of the healthcare.gov site. The website's administrator was in the hot seat facing tough questions and even apologizing for the site's performance. Danielle leigh has more on capitol hill.
Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner started with an apology. "This initial experience has not lived up to our expectations or the expectations of the american people and it is not acceptable."
Her statement was meant to ease frustration over the healthcare web site.
But lawmakers weren't backing down.
"I can't imagine how you think the system is working."
"Why should the american people believe you now?" "how do you not know how many people have enrolled?"
Tavenner refused to say how many people have actually enrolled...
But repeated promises the website is improving.
And the administration would have an update by mid november. Democrats tried to change the focus. "What I wanna see more from this committee is -- how can we improve and get quality health care for all americans?"
The white house also addressed reports millions of americans who get coverage individually will lose their current insurance next year.
Despite promises from President Obama.. "The fact is, is that millions of americans subject to the whims and vagueries of this insurance market are going to have security that they've never had before, and they're going to have better coverage than they've ever had before." for the administration, today was another day defending the president's signature law. Health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius will likely face similar questions when she testifies tomorrow.