WASHINGTON (AP) — Key contractors on the troubled Healthcare.gov website told Congress on Thursday that the bugs can be fixed and won't prevent uninsured Americans from getting coverage.
The website has been improving every day, and people will be able to enroll in time to get coverage by Jan. 1, according to Cheryl Campbell, a vice president at CGI Federal.
Her company is the lead contractor on the federal website serving 36 states.
Another contractor said problems with an identity verification system that caused a logjam were being cleared up.
Republicans are still trying to block President Barack Obama's health care law and say the rollout must be suspended. But the Obama administration says problems can be fixed in time.
The contractors responsible for building the troubled website say it was the government's responsibility not theirs to test it and make sure it worked.
CGI Federal, the lead contractor, told Congress that the Obama administration made the call to go live with the insurance website, while the company made no recommendation either way.
Another contractor said the company shared concerns about insufficient testing with the Obama administration.
Andrew Slavitt of QSSI said the company talked in detail about the risks its saw and passed along those concerns throughout the process.
After the federal website became overwhelmed with technical problems, the administration acknowledged that it had not done enough testing.
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