Sebelius Points Finger At Contractors For Website Woes

Last week contractors involved in the creation of healthcare.gov, the woeful Obamacare website, said the many problems stemmed from a lack of coordination. Tomorrow HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify, and she plans to point the finger at the contractors. In her prepared opening statement, she says that some contractors failed to meet expectations.

She’ll tell the panel that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) used private contractors to administer aspects of Medicare, but that some failed in handling the ObamaCare website.

“CMS has a track record of successfully overseeing the many contractors our programs depend on to function,” she will say, according to testimony posted Tuesday on the committee website. “Unfortunately, a subset of those contracts for HealthCare.gov have not met expectations.”

Committee members last week heard testimony from representatives of four of the largest contractors tasked with building the website.

The contractors denied responsibility for the system’s problems, and charged that HHS had failed to effectively coordinate the project. They also said that they didn’t have enough time to properly test the site.

CMS head Marilyn Tavenner similarly blamed problems with contractors in testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. But Tavenner began by apologizing for the troubled launch. (Read More)

Something tells me Sebelius won’t apologize, or if she does, she’ll apologize for those contractors who failed to meet expectations, rather than herself and her underlings for failing to competently coordinate the contractors.

Oh, but I’m sure she’ll repeat Ms. Tavenner’s claim that it’s true that you can keep your insurance if you like it.