Nelson to Sebelius: 'Burn their fingers'

Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonWeek ahead in tech: Lawmakers turn focus to self-driving cars Senate panel unveils aviation bill with consumer protections, drone fix Driverless cars speed onto political agenda MORE lashed out Wednesday at the contractors charged with building the ObamaCare website.

Addressing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusAligning clinical and community resources improves health Sebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' Obama's health secretary to be first female president of American University MORE at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, the Florida Democrat said the contractors should be held to account for the site’s disastrous launch.

“As someone who has fought and bled for this ... I want you to hold them to account,” Nelson said. “I want you to burn their fingers and make them pay for not being responsible and producing a product that all of us could be proud of.”

Nelson asked Sebelius if she had any legal authority to withhold payments from the contractors.

“We have paid out a portion of the money that has been encumbered for the website build out,” Sebelius said. “It clearly is not up and running at a sufficient level at this point.”

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