By Justin Sink - 10/30/13 06:58 PM EDT
Vice President Joe Biden apologized Wednesday for the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, calling the technical issues plaguing the website "inexcusable."
"We apologize for that," Biden said during an interview with HLN.
He also depicted the president as diligent in the weeks leading up to the debut of the website.
"We were under the impression that it was ready to go," Biden said.
We had the president to his credit almost seven weeks out asking, was it ready, and we were told by the pros we were all ready to go — all online."
The vice president conceded that neither he nor Obama "are technology geeks," and said they "assumed that it was up and ready to run."
"But the good news is although it's not, and we apologize for that, we are confident by the end of November it'll be, and there'll still be plenty of time for people to register and get online."
At a speech earlier Wednesday in Boston, Obama said there was “no excuse” for the technical glitches and that he took “full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed.”
“The website is too slow, too many people have gotten stuck, and I am not happy about it,” Obama said. “Neither are a lot of Americans who need health care.”
On Capitol Hill, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted she was “as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch,” and insisted that ultimately, she was responsible for the “debacle” that had unfolded.
“You deserve better,” she said. “I apologize.”