A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Wednesday that he is concerned that the problems tied to the Obamacare rollout are just the tip of the iceberg.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican, said on MSNBC’s “Jansing & Co” that the $500 million that it cost to build the Healthcare.gov website and the additional money it will cost to repair it should raise some eyebrows.
“I think there is a real concern right now of ‘Look, yeah, I get that it’s just a website, but this is the first part of a bigger rollout. If the website can’t be done correctly, what else is going to follow?’ I think Americans have legitimate questions and legitimate concerns,” Mr. Kinzinger said.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on Thursday that looks at the failures involves with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to testify before the committee next week.
Mrs. Sebelius has acknowledged that the rollout of the federal Healthcare.gov website has been rocky and that people are frustrated by that — though she says the product is there and the prices are good.
Mr. Kinzinger said he hopes the House hearings will shed some light on what went wrong during the first few weeks of open enrollment and that he is convinced the law will not work.
“We think that it is basically destined to fail, Democrats think it is going to work,” Mr. Kinzinger said of the program.