Pressure is mounting on Senate Democrats, notably those up for re-election in Republican-leaning states next year, to deal with Obamacare’s flawed rollout when they get back to work Monday.
The Obama administration is racing against the clock to smooth out problems with a federal Web portal, healthcare.gov, before the glitches permanently damage the Affordable Care Act and harden Republican calls to put off or scrap the individual mandate, a provision that requires Americans to hold some form of health care coverage or face penalties next year.
But Obamacare’s chief repairman says it will take until the end of November to get the website working for the “vast majority” of users, meaning the law’s Democratic cheerleaders will have to weigh concerns about the reforms against their allegiance to their party’s chief at the White House.
As if to underline the problems Sunday afternoon, the healthcare.gov site was down Sunday afternoon because site-hosting company Terremark had an Internet outage.
The issue, which festered on Capitol Hill last week, burst into view Friday when 10 Senate Democrats asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend Obamacare’s open-enrollment period past March 31, citing bugs within the website.
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