Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will go before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday to testify on the problem-plagued rollout of the federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov.
She's likely in for a grilling. Democrats and Republicans alike are unhappy with the website's epically bad launch. The long wait times and other glitches have combined to create a colossal embarrassment for the Obama administration. President Barack Obama himself said that the problems were "unacceptable."
Unsurprisingly, Republicans have been naked opportunists in the last few weeks. After overshadowing the glitchy launch with their doomed mission to stop Obamacare, they've been transparently gleeful about its problems and Democrats have called them out on it time and again. There's also a dissonance between the GOP's supposed concern about the site's shortcomings and the fact that their recent political philosophy has been founded almost entirely on the existential danger in which Obamacare places America.
But the administration for its part has been remarkably diffident in providing information about the nature and scope of the problems, resistant to questions about who has been brought in to fix them, and unresponsive to such basic inquiries as what are the projected costs of the anticipated fixes.
So what are the legitimately tough questions the administration should have to answer? We surveyed several congressional aides and policy experts and came up with the seven most pressing questions Sebelius should address:
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