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Schakowsky Tells GOP To Get Over Obamacare, Thanks Sebelius For Making Being a Woman No Longer a ‘Pre-Existing Condition’

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday that “after a three and a half year campaign to repeal” Obamacare House Republicans needs to “get over it.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared before the hearing today and strongly apologized for the glitches that plagued the HealthCare.gov website and promised that a “vast majority” of consumer will be able to enroll using the website by the end of November.

The website was down again Wednesday.

"I am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov," Sebelius said. “So let me say directly to these Americans: You deserve better. I apologize. I'm accountable to you for fixing these problems."

After being grilled by GOP commitee members, Sebelius met with praise when Schakowsky asked her about Obamacare navigators.

“I want to thank you, especially as a woman,” she told Sebelius. “Being a woman can no longer be considered being a pre-existing condition, women can no longer be charged more than a man for the same coverage, women have access to comprehensive benefits — like prescription drugs and preventative screenings and free contraceptive coverage and maternity care, which is often left out of coverage.”

“You know, I want to say to my colleagues, after a three and a half year campaign to repeal, to discredit, to even shut down the government over Obamacare. I want to say, get over it!” “We all agree that there are problems, but these are problems that I see being fixed.”

Sources: Raw Story, CNN