Biden Apologizes For HealthCare.gov, Says He And Obama Not ‘Technology Geeks’

AP

Vice President Joe Biden apologized Wednesday for the glitchy rollout of HealthCare.gov, calling its technical problems “inexcusable.”

“Neither [President Barack Obama] or I are technology geeks, and we assumed that it was up and ready to run,” Biden said in an interview with HLN. “The good news is, although it’s not, and we apologize for that, we’re confident that by the end of November it will be and there will still be plenty of time for people to register online.”

Asked why it would take another month for the glitches to be resolved, Biden said he didn’t know the technical reasons for the delay. 

“I don’t know, I wish I could tell you,” he joked. “That’s why I became a lawyer.”

The vice president also told HLN that the President and his own daughter tried to access the website, but said he didn’t attempt to log on himself because “it was clear” that he wouldn’t be able to get online.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius formally apologized for the Obamacare web portal’s stumbling launch Wednesday in a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. Sebelius previously said that Obama wasn’t aware of the website’s technical issues before its Oct. 1 launch.

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