(Phoenix, AZ) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is defending the Affordable Care Act amid harsh criticism over website malfunctions that make it tough for people to sign up for health coverage. She was in Phoenix Thursday to promote the program, which is expected to provide healthcare to millions of uninsured Americans.
Problems with the enrollment website have prompted congressional hearings to determine exactly what went wrong. While fixes are slowly being implemented, many frustrated people spent hours on Heallthcare.gov trying to apply for coverage only to be kicked off or told to try again later. Despite the problems, Sebelius says more than 700-thousand applications for health insurance have been submitted through the website.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says plenty of people are able to apply for coverage under the affordable Care Act, despite some problems with the website.
Sebelius says there's plenty of time to make sure everyone who needs health coverage through the individual market will get it.
Sebelius says its hard to know if a lower volume of web traffic would make the website run smoother.