Report: O-Care focus at White House meeting frustrates tech execs

Several technology executives who met with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday were frustrated with the focus on HealthCare.gov, a source told CNN.

"We didn't fly across the country for a discussion on HealthCare.gov," said the source, whom CNN identified as a representative of one of the tech companies at the meeting.

President Obama also didn’t completely defend the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, which CNN’s source said caused dismay among some of the executives who attended.


Although the meeting focused on both the ObamaCare federal portal and the NSA’s operations, the tech companies only mentioned the snooping in a statement after the discussion.

“We appreciated the opportunity to share directly with the president our principles on government surveillance that we released last week and we urge him to move aggressively on reform,” the companies said in a joint statement. 

The White House originally highlighted the meeting as an opportunity to discuss improvements to HealthCare.gov, but the tech chiefs pressed for more time to talk about NSA-related issues. 

Executives from Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, Apple and Facebook attended the meeting.