Tensions Mount as Affordable Care Hiccups Continue

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There's growing tension in Washington Wednesday as major problems continue to plague the Obamacare website.

People across the country are trying to enroll, but the site for the online health care exchanges has had major technical problems, including error messages and long delays.
Now lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are demanding answers.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius attributed the problems to extremely high volume.

"No one could be more frustrated than I am and the president. We want it to be smooth and easy and let consumers compare plans," Sebelius told CNN.

Erin Hill, executive director of Knoxville Area Project Access, said, "People who don't want to deal with it and don't think it's affordable with their income. And so they are just going to take the penalty."

The deadline for Americans without health insurance to enroll is Dec. 15, prompting at least one Democrat senator to request an extension to that deadline.

But the Obama administration is urging patience.

In a press conference Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney dodged questions about the online glitches, referring reporters instead to the Department of Health and Human Services.
In the end, he bailed early from the briefing as reporters continued to fire off questions.
Meanwhile, Republicans say these problems are proof that Obamacare should be stopped and they vow to continue the fight.

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