House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes the new health care law should move forward without delay and said that "sabotage" by Republicans, and not just computer glitches, is hindering implementation.
Pelosi said the offices of some Republican lawmakers "are not giving information to constituents for how they can avail themselves" of the new program. Republicans are withholding the information, Pelosi said, "to undermine the Affordable Care Act."
Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the GOP had nothing to do with the troubled rollout.
“The problems with Healthcare.gov, the associated 1-800 phone number, and the ‘chat’ function on the website are well-documented, and are entirely due to the train-wreck of the president’s law itself," Steel said.
Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected a proposal made Wednesday by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., that the Obama administration delay the deadline for enrolling in the health insurance program until the multitude of problems are fixed.
"In California, we are moving along in a very positive way," Pelosi said. "I think we should fix what we have and move forward with the deadline that we have."
But Pelosi also acknowledged that the health care law rollout has been plagued by problems she called "beyond glitches." Pelosi also called the problems "unacceptable" and "unfortunate."
Democrats met privately Wednesday morning to discuss the new health care law, but no one in the meeting suggested delaying implementation, Pelosi said, because they believe the health care law will be an overall success once the glitches are resolved.
"We did not work very hard and dedicate our public service to a web site," Pelosi said.