By Justin Sink - 10/20/13 02:51 PM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the glitches and technical problems that have plagued the rollout of President Obama's landmark health reform law were "unacceptable" and have to be fixed.
“This has to be fixed, but what doesn’t have to be fixed is the fact that tens of millions of more people will have access to affordable, quality healthcare. That no longer having a preexisting medical condition will bar you from getting affordable care,” Pelosi said.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the online insurance exchanges have created enrollment forms that misreport family members, create duplicate entries, or clear important data fields.
Those problems are in addition to the technical glitches that have plagued the site since its launch at the beginning of the month. Would-be users of the online portal servicing 36 states have found long wait times and buggy code.
On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama was “not happy” with the healthcare exchanges.
“The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is something that the administration is engaged in, including the effort to address the difficulties and glitches that have occurred with the website,” Carney said.
The House minority leader also discussed the 16-day government shutdown that enveloped the nation's capital, partially over Republican attempts to delay or defund the law.
Pelosi said she shared with the American people a "disgust in what happened in terms of the shutdown of government."
"It's an unthinkable tactic to use," Pelosi said.
And the California Democrat dismissed suggestions that both sides were equally to blame.
"We do have to recognize that among those on the Republican side are anti-government ideologues," Pelosi said. "They cannot wag this dog."
The former House Speaker was also asked about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's return to the campaign trail on Saturday. The event for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was the first public political event for Clinton since the beginning of the Obama administration.
Pelosi reiterated that she thought Clinton would be “a great president" if she opted to run in 2016.
“Let me say, if Hillary Clinton does run, she’ll be one of the best prepared people and she will win, I believe, if she runs,” Pelosi said. “She’ll be one of the best prepared people to enter the White House in a long time.”