WASHINGTON (WJLA) - It's got a new look but some of the same old problems.
Healthcare.gov shut down over the weekend, with the Obama administration saying it crashed because of technical failures by the division of Verizon, which help operates the site.
"I think more broadly we have acknowledged that Healthcare.gov is not working properly, the president is not happy about it,” says White House spokesman Jay Carney.
The latest hiccup is only adding to the number of people calling for a delay to the individual mandate.
There are now 10 democratic senators who, while they praised the ACA for its goals, say they're “discouraged and frustrated” and stressed that valuable time is being lost.
Then, there's this pledge from President Obama: "We will keep this promise. If you like your doctor, you will get to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your plan, you will be able to keep your plan. Period.”
Some are finding that's not the case. Their plans didn't meet the new standards and their coverage costs can substantially increase. And Obama's former senior adviser, David Axelrod, had to change the language to “most” Monday, when defending the program.
The week ahead will provide even more of these headlines. Wednesday, Obama will travel to Boston to promote the plan.
At the same time, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be getting grilled by Congress as she testifies about the problems for which, this weekend she became late night fodder in a Saturday Night Live skit.