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Blunt: Website Problems Not Really What's Wrong With Affordable Care Act

Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.
(via Flickr/ Senator Blunt)
Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the federal government's difficulty launching Healthcare.gov this fall is not really what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama's administration has struggled to address a myriad of problems with the site since launching Oct. 1, including users being unable to create accounts and load web pages.

Blunt cautions residents not to consider the website as a measure of whether or not the President's signature health care plan is working.

"The website will work. It's amazing it wasn't designed to work from day one," Blunt said. "And I think when the website begins to work people are going to find out a whole lot more about coverage they don't need at costs they can't afford."

Blunt says the fundamental problem lies in the federal government's attempt to manage a sector that amounts to 16 percent of the U.S. economy. Blunt has been an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act since it was signed into law in 2010.

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