Obama to counter-program Sebelius testimony with event

President Obama will hold a healthcare event in Boston on Wednesday, amid continued scrutiny over the ObamaCare rollout.

The president's event will come on the same day Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is slated to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That will be the first time the embattled HHS secretary fields questions from congressional Republicans since the rocky rollout of the ObamaCare website.

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The president's remarks will center on "the importance of providing all Americans with quality, affordable health insurance and the experience in Massachusetts, which passed its bipartisan health care law in 2006," the White House said in a statement.

The president is expected to speak at Faneuil Hall, CBS News's Boston affiliate reported. The 18th-Century marketplace is the site where former Massachusetts Governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney signed that state's insurance law.

The White House has said that the state law served as the model for the national healthcare legislation, and pointed to early stumbles in Massachusetts while defending the technical glitches that have plagued the first month of the insurance exchanges. 

"When they began their open enrollment period, a grand total of 123 people signed up during the first month of open enrollment in Massachusetts," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday. "Obviously, the pace of enrollments increased dramatically as it got closer to the deadline. We expect to see a similar trend in those enrollment figures related to the Affordable Care Act." 

Following his remarks, the president is expected to join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) for a fundraiser at the home of Alan Solomont. Solomont, the a former Democratic National Committee finance chair, served as Obama's ambassador to Spain through July of this year.