Report: Tech Execs Frustrated By White House Focus On HealthCare.gov

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December 18, 2013 5:11 a.m.

Several of the top technology executives present at a Tuesday White House meeting had zero interest in offering fixes for the administration’s glitchy health care website, CNN reported Wednesday. Instead, they came to talk about cybersnooping.

“We didn’t fly across the country for a discussion on HealthCare.gov,” an anonymous source who represents one of the companies present at the meeting told CNN.

President Barack Obama also did not fully defend National Security Agency surveillance programs, the source told CNN, dismaying some of the attendees.

The tech CEOs released a joint statement after the meeting that urged Obama to “move aggressively” on reforming government surveillance, and made no mention of discussion about the health care website. The White House said in its readout of the meeting that Obama would consider CEOs’ concerns about intelligence programs in the administration’s review of government surveillance.

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