Blumenthal: Obama Should 'Level' With Americans on Rollout Problems

Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 04:22 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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President Barack Obama needs to step forward and "level with the American people" on the problems with the rollout of Obamacare, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Thursday.

"The administration needs to tell us what is going on. Needs to level with the American people. Needs to explain, not only what their analysis is, but what they are doing fully to solve these so-called glitches or kinks," Blumenthal told MSNBC's "Jansing & Co."

"We need more certainty. And, we need to know what the facts are," he added.

Blumenthal called for a better accounting of the situation, noting that administration officials cancelled a meeting scheduled Wednesday with Senators to brief them about the issue.

"They haven't leveled with the United States Senate. They haven't briefed us on what they think are the underlying problems. They were supposed to do so yesterday, and canceled the meeting," he said.

"There needs to be fuller, fairer, more straightforward, and complete accounting for what's going on," he added.

He said the administration should look at the successful state programs, such as Access Health Connecticut in his state. He also pointed to successful programs in Kentucky, Maryland and Washington State.

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"The administration might well look at the way that Access Health Connecticut is doing its job through its exchanges, because we are taking enrollments. And half of those enrollments are from people that don't even need any subsidies, indicating that they were very likely denied insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions," he said.

Depending on the extent of the problems with Obamacare, Blumenthal said a delay was warranted, but expressed support for the work the administration was doing to rectify the problems with the new health care law.

"If it's a matter of days, then the delay would be different than if it's a matter of months," he said. "The administration is doing what it has to do, what it should do, which is some flexibility in the light of these unforeseen IT problems.

"Maybe they should have been foreseen. But, the blame really should go. And, people should be held accountable, once we've solved these kinds of ongoing problems, and make the system work," he said.

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