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Durbin: Unfair to Blame Sebelius for Website Failure

There’s no question that the Affordable Care Act’s new website got off to a rocky start.

U.S. Senator agrees with many Americans that www.healthcare.gov did not work the way it was supposed to.

“It wasn’t ready. Underline that, no excuse. Secondly, overwhelmed…19 million Americans decided to come take a look.”

Those 19 million people are about half of the estimated 40 to 50 million uninsured Americans. Some have called for the firing or at least removal of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Durbin disagrees.

“Wrong. I wouldn’t do that. I think that’s unfair. We don’t even know the circumstances.

Durbin says many of the states were undecided on what they wanted to do. That created a problem for Sebelius, along with a lack of time. Durbin called it a moving target. “But to say it’s her fault…at least have a trial before you have a hanging,” said Durbin.

The website appeared to be overwhelmed. Durbin said that there are experts on the job working to fix the situation. It could be days or possibly weeks before it is fully functional.