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Sebelius apologizes for health law rollout fiasco

by By LAURIE KELLMAN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press on October 30, 2013 9:41 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she's sorry consumers have wasted so much time dealing with technical problems on the Obama administration's health insurance website.

Sebelius told the House Energy and Commerce Committee she apologizes for access problems that have been "miserably frustrating" for many Americans and said she's accountable for fixing them — by the end of November.

She added that the system is getting better by the day.

But as the hearing got underway, consumers trying to log in from Virginia got this message: "The system is down at the moment."

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PHOTO:  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius prepared to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the difficulties plaguing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. President Barack Obama's top health official faced tough questioning by a congressional committee Wednesday that will demand she explain how the administration stumbled so badly in its crippled online launch of the president's health care overhaul. (AP Photo/ J. Scott Applewhite)

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