Obama tried to log onto HealthCare.gov, Biden says

October 31, 2013

President Obama tried  to log onto HealthCare.gov, Vice President Biden said late Wednesday.

In an interview with the network HLN, Biden did not say whether the president was able to create an account or log on to the troubled health-care insurance site. But Biden said that he did not try to log on to the site himself. "The president tried to get online, and my daughter tried to get online," Biden said. "I did not, because it was clear that I wasn't getting online."

Calling the performance of the site "inexcusable," the vice president said that "the pros" had told Obama the system was ready to go weeks before the launch.

"Neither he and I are technology geeks, and we assumed that it was up and ready to run," Biden said.

Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.
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