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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Not Signing Up for Obamacare (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has taken heat for the recent problems with the Obamacare website HealthCare.gov and will be testifying in the House next week as part of a Republican investigation into the site.

To add fuel to the fire, Sebelius told CNN on Tuesday night that she won't be enrolling in Obamacare herself (video below).

"I have created an account on the site. I have not tried signing up, because I have insurance," stated Sebelius.

Sebelius is already insured through her U.S. government job.

When asked about creating an account on HealthCare.gov, Sebelius wouldn't admit there were any "problems," but instead said, "Well, I think there certainly are some challenges. It could be smoother. It could be easier to access. And that's really what we're working on. No one could be more frustrated than I am, and the president, that this isn't smooth."

Sebelius also lamented the lack of time to complete the website since 2010.

"And if we had an ideal situation and could have built the product in, you know, a five-year period of time, we probably would have taken five years," said Sebelius. "But we didn't have five years. And certainly Americans who rely on health coverage didn't have five years for us to wait We wanted to make sure we made good on this final implementation of the law. And, again, people can sign up."

Today, the contractors who created HealthCare.gov defended the troubled website and blamed the federal government during a hearing in the House, reports Fox News.

Contractor CGI Federal said it was paid $290 million to work on the website, but claimed it was the responsibility of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is within the Department of Health and Human Services, to test the website before it went live.

"It was not our position to tell our client whether they should go live or not go live," claimed CGI vice president Cheryl Campbell.

"We identified errors in code that was provided to us by others," said Andrew Slavit, of contractor QSSI. "In this function we reported back the results to CMS and the relevant contractor, who in turn was responsible for fixing coding errors or making any necessary changes."

Sources: CNN and Fox News