October 31st, 2013
07:16 AM ET

Vice President Rallies for Obamacare, Sebelius Apologizes in Congressional Grilling

If only this was just a Halloween trick.

Visitors trying to log on to the Obamacare website early Thursday morning saw the same stubborn phrase that has roiled users for weeks: "The system is down at the moment."

It's been almost a full month since the HealthCare.gov website launched, riddled with technical problems despite a series of advance warning signs. And despite a chorus of apologies out of Washington, it may be another month before everything's running smoothly.

Vice President Joe Biden became the highest-ranking administration official to apologize Wednesday for the botched rollout.

"We assumed that it was up and ready to run," he told CNN's sister network HLN. "But the good news is although it's not - and we apologize for that - we are confident by the end of November it'll be, and there'll still be plenty of time for people to register and get online."

That came after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized for the "miserably frustrating" problems with the website during a 3 1/2-hour congressional grilling.

The former Kansas governor promised a "vast majority" of consumers will be able to shop online for health insurance under Obamacare with greater ease by the end of November.

President took aim at Republicans for opposing Obamacare in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, the site where Mitt Romney signed Massachusetts' universal health care plan into law in 2006, CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports.

“If they'd work with us like Mitt Romney did, working with Democrats in Massachusetts, or like Ted Kennedy often did with Republicans in Congress, including on the prescription drug bill, we'd be a lot further along.”

In a written statement Romney countered Obama before the event saying his state's plan "should not be grafted onto the entire country."


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