CMS Administrator on Obamacare: ‘We Have a System That’s Working’

By Melanie Arter | October 29, 2013 | 11:18am EDT

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(CNSNews.com) – Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), testified before the House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday that the Obamacare enrollment system is “working.”

“So what I can guarantee is we have a system that’s working. We’re gonna improve the speed of that system,” she said at the hearing on Obamacare enrollment.

The Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, has been rife with problems for those trying to enroll in the health care insurance program.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) had asked Tavenner if she could guarantee that “no American will experience a gap in their health care.”

Brady interrupted Tavenner’s response, asking, “Excuse me, you’re saying the system right now is working?”

“I’m saying it’s working. It’s just not working at the speed that we want and at the success rate that we want, and those are the things we’re working on,” Tavenner said.

“We also have alternative methods for folks. They can use the call center. They can use paper applications, and then we have in person assistance available in each state, so I can guarantee you that we can reach out to each individual and help them select a plan and enroll,” she said.

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