Warner, Kaine call on administration for leadership to fix Healthcare.Gov

As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, U.S. Sens, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined a coalition of senators in calling on President Obama to quickly appoint a long-term replacement for Jeffrey Zients, who is departing to become director of the National Economic Council on Jan. 2, to oversee the technical repair of healthcare.gov.

congressIn a letter delivered to the Administration today, the senators called on President Obama to appoint an individual who would report directly to the president and be “empowered with the authority to ensure that healthcare.gov is fixed quickly, completely, and permanently.”

“While we cannot go backward and correct mistakes made, we must now work together to fix the law so that it works for all Americans,” the letter read.

The Senators continued,  “A project of this size and scope demands the sustained leadership and day-to-day management of a chief executive officer – someone whose sole responsibility would be an unrelenting focus on healthcare.gov and who has experience overseeing large and complex consumer-facing technology projects.”

“Sustaining the steady management focus that this position has already brought to the project would go a long way toward earning back the trust jeopardized by last month’s deeply flawed rollout,” the senators added.

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