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Sen. Hagan on Affordable Care Act website glitches: “unacceptable.”

By Caroline McMillan Portillo
cmcmillan@charlotteobserver.com

United States Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina said the computer glitches keeping many Americans from signing up for the new healthcare offerings are “unacceptable,” as she gathered with a small group of business leaders at the Charlotte Chamber’s uptown office Wednesday morning.

Hagan, a Democrat, was in town to announce a “Hire a Hero” bill, one that would make permanent a set of expiring tax incentives that encourage business owners to hire veterans.

“I am frustrated on...behalf of the constituents in North Carolina,” Hagan said. “We’ve got to have these exchanges working. We’ve got to have the website open, so that individuals can read what’s out there for them, look at the cost, and sign up and get the care they so ably deserve.”

She also assured that President Barack Obama and his staff were working hard to get the issues resolved.

As for the Congressional showdown that led to a 16-day partial government shutdown: Hagan called it “extremely frustrating” and “irresponsible.”

“I didn’t go to Washington to sit on my hands during the government shutdown,” Hagan said. “I went to Washington to look at what we do for jobs, jobs, jobs.”

Portillo: 704-358-6045 On Twitter: @cbmcmillan
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