Sen. Donnelly criticizes Obamacare website, points to success in other statesOctober 22nd, 2013 at 4:44 pm by Jim Shella under Jim Shella's Political Blog
The Obama administration is taking steps to eliminate problems with the website for the Affordable Care Act. Yet some of the criticism is coming from an Indiana Democrat.
Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) says the website at healthcare.gov needs to be fixed right now. He even suggested that the White House call in the technical wizards who worked on the Obama re-election campaign and put them to work on it.
The Obama Administration calls it a tech surge. Experts inside and outside the administration have been assigned to eliminate the problems with the Obamacare website.
“It’s inexcusable that they find themselves in this place,” said Donnelly.
The Indiana Democrat blames the Administration but he also wishes Republicans would be more helpful. “It would be much better if as a country we worked as a team,” he said, “instead of working seperately.”
For example, if Indiana had a it’s own website to go along with a state operated insurance exchange, like this one in Kentucky, Donnelly says Indiana residents would have more success signing up for health insurance.
“We are signing up people at roughly a thousand a day,” said Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear. “It’s a great rate and a great success so far.”
The Kentucky governor, a Democrat, says he set aside politics when he created the website and he expects that voters will notice. “They are finding that they can get affordable health coverage for the first time in their lives,” he said, “and I’ll guarantee ya about a year from now they’re gonna look at these critics, including a lot of these senators and representatives, and they’re gonna say you misled us because, hey, this works. I’ve got affordable healthcare.”
Here in Indiana the federal website is the only option and Donnelly isn’t about to give up on it. “What’s not working, let’s fix it,” he said. “Let’s make it the best product possible.”
And while Republicans are calling for a delay of the individual mandate, the requirement for everyone to acquire health insurance by March or face fines, Donnelly says that’s another example where cooperation would help get this solved.