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West Michigan Congressman plans hearings on Healthcare Insurance Marketplace glitches


WASHINGTON D.C. (WKZO) -- The White House is taking a pummeling for its glitch plagued website for the Healthcare Marketplace as they try to expedite improvements.

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton told both the CBS and NBC nightly news broadcasts this weekend that he plans to hold Commerce Committee hearings on Thursday, to find out why the websites are failing, as the third week of the sign up period begins Monday.

Upton is blaming HHS director Kathleen Sibelius. She has told Congress she isn’t available to testify this Thursday. Many republicans want her fired.

Others are blaming CGI, the Canadian software firm that won the government contract to do the software.

And still others are blaming the Obama Administration for last minute changes that made the software run slow.

It’s not clear how long it will take to fix it, or if it can be fixed, but the White House says they are working 24-hours a day to fix it.