(Washington, DC) -- CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner is apologizing for the troubled launch of the HealthCare.Gov website. In a House hearing, Tavenner said glitches are getting fixed. The site for the new healthcare exchanges has been riddled with glitches since its launch October 1st. CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is the arm of the Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for administering HealthCare.Gov.
Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee called the rollout a failed launch and said HealthCareGov should be shut down until bugs are worked out. Democrats pointed to problems with the launch of the Medicare prescription drug program in 2006. They argued that early glitches were fixed and the program, known as "Medicare Part-D," has been successful and popular.