Pool - AP Clients Only

Washington, DC - November 6, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary:

"I would say there are a couple of hundred functional fixes that have been identified. And they are in priority grouping. And, I would say that we are into the list; we're not where we need to be. It's a pretty aggressive schedule to get to the entire list punch list."

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary:

"Now, some have asked, why not just delay implementation of the new law until all of the problems are fixed? And there's a pretty straightforward answer: Delaying the Affordable Care Act wouldn't delay people's cancer or diabetes or Parkinson's."

3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Senator Pat Roberts, Republican - Kansas:

"You have said America should hold you accountable, which is why today, Madam Secretary, I repeat my request for you to resign."

4 Cutaway, Sebelius listening


Prodded to be more candid with Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday the administration's flawed health care website needed a couple of hundred fixes when it went online more than a month ago and conceded more repairs need to be made.

At the same time, Sebelius turned aside any suggestion that the system be taken off line until it could be fixed fully.

Doing so "wouldn't delay people's cancer or diabetes or Parkinson's" disease, she told the Senate Finance Committee.

Despite the web site's well-chronicled woes, Sebelius said it has improved dramatically since the administration launched its repair effort.

But Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, who faces a tea party-backed challenger in 2014, was harsh.

"You have said the American people should hold you accountable, which is why today I repeat my request for you to resign."

Sebelius, a former governor of the state Roberts represents, sat impassively as he spoke.

Republicans focused increasingly on issues of security, cost and coverage cancellations rather than the website.


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