White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dodged when asked Tuesday about when the Obamacare website would be fully functional, which entities were working on it and what it cost the federal government, referring the questioner to Health and Human Services:
Q: On the Affordable Care Act rollout, can you give us sort of a timeframe for when you anticipate the federal exchanges will be fully functional, what entities are working on it and just as important, who pays for the fix — this part of the contract? Or is this an additional cost to the federal government?
JAY CARNEY: Those are all questions for HHS and CMS. I can tell you that, at the president’s direction, people are working 24/7 to resolve the problems that have arisen and, you know, taking steps to make sure that those many, many millions of Americans who are interested in the options available to them to purchase affordable health insurance — in many cases, for the first time — have the best consumer experience possible. And there are a lot of people hard at work on this, but for details of the work being done and the process in place, I’d refer you to HHS.