Sen. Tim Scott: Broken Website Just First of Obamacare's Problems

Monday, 21 Oct 2013 09:07 PM

By Greg Richter

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The Obamacare website rollout fiasco is just the start of the health insurance program's problems, says a senator who has worked 15 years in the insurance industry.

"This is just a website. We haven't started having a conversation about the provision of healthcare, about paying claims, about making sure all the pieces fit together," Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said Monday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record." 

"After 15 years in the insurance industry, I will tell you … if it's hard on the front end, it's going to be really painful when we get to [the] pain of having to take care of claims, having to take care of people," Scott told host Greta Van Susteren.

Medical advocate Dr. Robert Goldberg voiced similar concerns in an appearance on Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show."

The website has been plagued with an inability to allow people to even get into the promised exchanges,  and "glitches" has become the media buzzword to describe the problem.

But even liberal MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews and Fox News' Howard Kurtz  are now saying they are more than mere glitches.

"I think the word 'glitches' was poll tested to make sure that people were comfortable with that thought process," Scott told Van Susteren. "The reality of it is, this is an absolute failure."

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., wanted to know why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wasn't on top of the situation. Many Republicans have begun calling for Sebelius' resignation.

"Was it negligence? Did they plan for it to fail?" Blackburn asked Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"Well, I'm sure they didn't plan for it to fail because they've suffered a great deal," host Wolf Blitzer interrupted. "It's humiliating. It's embarrassing the way it's been rolled out – the website."


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