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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologizes over troubled health care rollout

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The cabinet secretary in charge of the troubled health care website apologized to Americans this morning.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took responsibility for the problems with healthcare.gov, but blamed some of the failures on contractors.

“It is the Verizon server that failed not healthcare.gov,” said Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary.

But Republicans are not satisfied.

“The news gets worse each day,” said Fred Upton (R-MI).  Healthcare.gov was down last night, last

weekend it crashed, and even this morning we got an error message.”

GOP lawmakers also grilled Sebelius about why more than two million people are getting cancellation notices for their current health insurance, even though President Obama repeatedly said if you like your insurance you can keep it.

“So he has been on the same page from the very start, yet the regulations changed months after the bill was enacted,” said Upton.

“If someone is buying a brand new policy, they will have consumer protections for the first time,” said Sebelius. “Many people in the individual market are underwritten, that will be illegal.”

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Many Republicans are calling for Sebelius to step down, but so far the Secretary has shown no signs she's leaving.

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