By Jonathan Easley - 10/30/13 10:10 AM EDT
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the first time apologized Wednesday for the botched rollout of ObamaCare’s health insurance enrollment website.
Sebelius described the HealthCare.Gov experience as “miserably frustrating.”
“You deserve better,” she said. “I apologize.”
Sebelius is the public face of the bungled ObamaCare rollout, and dozens of Republican lawmakers have called on her to resign.
The secretary has been defiant, pushing back against those lawmakers, saying she works for President Obama, not the GOP.
Sebelius's apology was not in the scripted remarks posted on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s website on Tuesday.
But on Wednesday, she sent a different signal.
Upon her entrance, she walked up to the panel and shook hands with many of her critics, including Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who has said Sebelius’s testimony will be her last act as secretary before she’s “out the door.”
“Hold me accountable for the debacle,” she later said under intense questioning from Blackburn. “I’m responsible.”