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Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, grills U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about problems with, the federal health-insurance exchange website. Sebelius testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington. (Source: Bloomberg)

Website and talk about the website.

This is what is happening right now with this website.

We have had somebody in the back trying to sign on.

It is down.

It is not working.

Last week i asked for the cost from each of the contractors that were with us last week.

Can you give me a ballpark of what you have spent on this website that does not work, that individuals cannot get to?

What is your cost estimate?

So far, congresswoman, we have spent about $118 million on the website itself.

We have spent about $56 million on other it to support the web.

Would you submit a detailed accounting on exactly what has been spent?

When do you expect constituents to stop getting these error messages?

I talked to the president of verizon over the weekend on two occasions.

They host the cloud.

It is not part of the website.

It is a host for a number of websites.

The verizon system was taken down saturday night into sunday.

It was down almost all day sunday.

I had an additional problem that they notified us about yesterday.

It continues on.

I would be happy to talk to the president of verizon.

Let me come back to that.

I want to get to this issue of exactly who was in charge of this.

Because you are now blaming it on the contractors and saying it is for rise in's fall.

Let me ask you this.

Did you ever look at outsourcing the role of the system integrator and, obviously, you did not, from the contractors you had last week, they had several different people that they thought were in charge.

Who is responsible for overseeing this project, is it you or your designee?

I am not pointing fingers of verizon.

I am trying to explain the way the site operates.

Who is in charge?

The person now in charge as an integrator is -- who was in charge as it was being developed?

Who is the individual?

Michelle snyder.

Michelle snyder is the one responsible for this debacle.

X excuse me.

-- excuse me.

-- excuse me.

Michelle snyder is not responsible.

Hold me responsible.

I yield back.

I have two questions.


chairman, i would like to begin by thanking you, welcoming the secretary into a room in which are distinguished father served for so many years.

I began my questions by quoting from an expert for whom i have enormous respect.

He said, as i mentioned earlier, the new benefits and its implementation are hard to perfect.

Rather than try to secure him a scare, and accuse, i would hope

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