The unresolved state of the healthcare exchange website continues to be a political liability for Democrats and President Obama.
A growing number of Democrats are now asking the White House to extend the period to signup on Healthcare.gov
is bipartisan agreement about one part of the spotty rollout of the government healthcare website, which Congressman Scott Rigell (R-Va.) sums up this
"That's been an embarrassment for the administration and really our country that we can't get this website right," Rigell says.
Senate Democrats sent a letter to the president asking him to delay the
signup period for the federal health exchange, but Democrats in the
region say that is premature. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says the
Affordable Care Act is like a house of cards, and getting people enrolled
in health exchanges remains foundational.
structure of this has to hang together, so that if you start unraveling
pieces of it you can pull on the string and it can lead to other
problems," Warner says.
The White House is bracing skeptics and supporters
alike for low enrollment numbers when they release data on how many
people have signed up.
While Republicans are growing more skeptical of
the law and the website, for now, Democrats in the region are sticking
with the White House.