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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lawmakers Summon Medicare Chief To Explain HealthCare.gov Failures

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner is one of the Obama administration officials who most closely supervised HealthCare.gov.

The Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplace has been plagued by numerous problems since it began accepting applications on October 1st.

Tavenner testified before the House Ways and Means Committee this morning.

Republicans, along with some Democrats, have been calling for a delay in President Obama’s healthcare reform law, which requires everyone to have health insurance by Jan. 1 or pay a fine.

Last week, the contractor who built the website blamed Tavenner’s agency for poor coordination and inadequate testing of the website before it went public.

Sarah Kilff, health and policy reporter for The Washington Post speaks with Here & Nows Robin Young about this morning’s hearing.

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