Nightly News   |  November 06, 2013

Hundreds of fixes needed for Healthcare.gov

Although more than 3 million Americans who buy their own health insurance have received cancellations letters, Kathleen Sebelius rejected bipartisan calls to postpone part of the healthcare law. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.

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>>> for the second time now health secretary kathleen sebelius today faced a barrage of questions from congress over hundreds of problems with the health care website. her testimony came just hours after the chief technical official stepped down at the centers for medicaid and medicare services. his office oversaw the creation of the website. nbc's white house correspondent peter alexander has more on all of this tonight.

>> reporter: on capitol hill and once again under fire, secretary sebelius taking heat for the president's promise -- if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.

>> is that statement on the white house website true or is it false?

>> sir, i think the statement --

>> is it true or false?

>> this is a dishonesty. you have been misleading the american people and the president has.

>> to put it bluntly, this is untrue.

>> reporter: while more than 3 million americans who buy their own insurance received cancellation letters sebelius rejected bipartisan calls to postpone part of the law.

>> delaying the affordable care act doesn't delay people's cancer, diabetes or oh parkinson's. for millions of americans, delay isn't an option. people's lives depend on this.

>> reporter: in california facing pressure from the state insurance commissioner , blue shield agreed to give people with policies being cancelled a three-month extension. still blue shield warns people who switch mid year may be subject to a double deductible. today another big insurance company , humana, whose executives met with white house officials, said it expects the administration to extend the enrollment deadline. documents b obtained by nbc news reveal a stress test done by a government contractor the day before the website went live showed it could handle only 1,100 users at once before becoming overloaded. sebelius said tech experts identified a couple hundred fixes but it is improving. the site can already process 7,000 registrations per hour.

>> peter alexander tonight. thanks.