Updated: 10/30/2013 12:16 PM |
Created: 10/30/2013 12:12 PM
By: Danielle Leigh, NBC News
(NBC News)The President's top health official told lawmakers today she is responsible for the troubled launch of the healthcare.gov website.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee
Sebelius started her testimony with an apology.
"Let me say to Americans you deserve better," said Sebelius.
The secretary's testimony marked the second day in a row that house members rounded up Obama administration officials over the health care.gov debacle.
Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee asked, "who was in charge as it was being built?"
"Hold me accountable. I am responsible," Sebelius replied.
The Health and Human Services Secretary assured lawmakers technical problems with the site would be fixed by November 30.
She also tried to calm privacy concerns.
"The highest security standards are in place and people have every right to expect privacy," said Sebelius.
There was a security breach that arose recently, said democratic Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of California.
"And we immediately corrected it," responded Sebelius.
After reports that millions are being forced to find new plans, Sebelius took fire for promises made by the president that individuals who liked their insurance could keep it.
"Why was that change made and did the president know it?" asked Michigan republican Fred Upton.
"Mr. Chairman, there was no change," said Sebelius.
Sebelius insisted many Americans are grandfathered into old plans and those who aren't will get better coverage.
President Obama will likely make similar arguments as he heads to Boston later today.
He's expected to tell Americans the implementation of Obama care may be rocky, but worth it.