November 6th, 2013
07:39 AM ET

Kathleen Sebelius Testifies Before The Senate Finance Committee

When Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before the Senate Finance Committee today, she'll get tough questions, even from democrats.

CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told the official in April: "I just tell you, I just see a huge train wreck coming down."

Tuesday on Capitol Hill the Obama administration finally made public how many people they are currently aiming to enroll in Obamacare.

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner said, "I think that we were looking at between October and November, I think that number was, I want to say around 800,000."

That's the goal.

And so far, officials say 700,000  have signed up. Though firm numbers won't be released until mid-month.

President Obama is also dealing with another health care headache: his own promise that people could keep their plans if they liked them.

That has run into reality: policy cancellations for many on the individual insurance market.

Strategist Bill Burton weighs in on the messaging behind Obamacare and what President Obama promised in 2009.

Burton says, "I think there’s no doubt that there was some communication issues in the way that this was going to unfold for Americans, who had subpar or bad plans, perhaps wasn’t as clear as it could have been. But now that we’re entering a phase where people are getting insurance, people who couldn’t get it before are signing up, people with pre-existing conditions and blocked from getting insurance and everybody’s insurance is getting better as a result, and ultimately the cost curve is going to go down for rising health care cost.”

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  1. Daniel Shuman

    Yes I would think an important answer to those now questioning the President and the policies is in order. OK the president wasn't completely right or definitely lying depending on your politics. I note the we hear the refrain of lies and if we are to accept that then your judgement has to go further then one president. Be it when is is,is or WMD and nukes, there are no good guys, just some better some worse and sadly all that are advised by those who think we are morons I just get mad as hell that the same ones who keep shouting that lies are told by Obama including one who should recognize lying when its done,Cheney consistently give themselves a pass. The Heritage Foundation giving marching orders and one liners,,call in right wing radio reinforcing disenchantment, ,a half a trillion from our economy and countless jobs, thrown in the garbage by the Tea Party antics and yet all we hear is but he lies! Wake up folks they all do, Some lies are just worse and more deadly then others! Some lies are meant,some totally needless and down right silly and the height of utter foolishness to even utter them.,

    November 6, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply

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