The White House on Friday said that Todd Park, their chief technology officer, is too busy fixing the botched Obamacare website to testify about problems with the rollout of the president's health care law before Congress.
Asked if Park would speak before the House Oversight Committee, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the administration IT officer was “focused on the task at hand” — repairing healthcare.gov — and would not testify now.
Earnest did not rule out that Park could testify at a later date.
The technical issues with the launch of healthcare.gov, which is intended to register consumers in Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges have undermined the rollout of the president’s signature domestic achievement.
While the administration says the problems will be fixed by December, critics of Obamacare have seized on the missteps, arguing that the entire law is unworkable and must be delayed or blocked.
Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif, has called on Park and other officials to testify at a hearing about the rollout next Wednesday, saying he intends to find out from the administration's tech officials “what went wrong, what they're doing to fix it, and whether recognized IT best practices were really followed.”
Issa has suggested he could compel officials to testify before his committee.