Committee Grills Obamacare Exec

By CNN News Wire

Published 10/30 2013 05:24AM

Updated 10/30 2013 08:57AM

WASHINGTON, DC. -- It turns outs out the White House administration knew the Obamacare website would not be ready when it was scheduled to be rolled out and now lawmakes want answers.

They plan to get those answers when Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill later today.

Another headache for the Obamacare website.

The government said on Tuesday night another outage prevented Americans from submitting new applications.

This comes on the same day the Obama Administration apologized for the website's dysfunction.

"I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should."

That's Marilyn Tavenner. As the person responsible for the launch of of the Obama care website..she faced a barrage of questions in a Congressional hearing Tuesday.

But she mostly stuck to the script

"We will have those numbers available in mid November. Mid November. Mid November. Mid November," Tavener said.

And some lawmakers even got heated with each other--

"Are you really serious? You had a legitimate alternative? We've gone to 44 votes," said Rep. Keith Ellison (D) Minnesota, in response to some of the statements made by Republican members.

But that was just the pregame event to what's coming.

Health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius is set to testify before a different committee. She'll no doubt face similar questioning, but some say it will be just another opportunity for political posturing.

"Some of it will be legitimate points of view. Questions being asked. But there is going to be a lot of political theater there too. Some of their criticism, I just don't take that seriously."

But many argue the criticism is warranted.

A confidential report shows the administration was warned about problems with the site a month before launch

CGI, the main contractor on the site--wrote "We don't have access to monitoring tools"  and "Hub services are intermittently unavailable" -- short for "the site's not working sometimes."

(Ed Payne for CNN)

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