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CNN Host Grills Sebelius on Horrendous Obamacare Rollout: 'Why Didn’t They Bring the A-Team in the First Place?\


"We had hoped they had their 'A team' on the table..."

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that President Barack Obama was not made aware of the problems plaguing his signature health care program's website before it's launch.

The president learned of the glitches in "the first couple days" after the site went live October 1st, Sebelius told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an exclusive interview.

"But not before that?" Gupta asked.

"No, sir," she replied.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, for and event with President Barack Obama on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul. Obama acknowledged that the widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. (AP/ Evan Vucci)

The HHS secretary also begrudgingly admitted to Gupta that the Obama administration should have perhaps brought in the "A-team" to work on the website before they launched it.

"Why didn’t they bring the 'A-team' in the first place?" Gupta asked.

"I can't tell you why they —," Sebelius said before Gupta interjected and pressed the HHS secretary for a firm answer.

"We had hoped they had their 'A team' on the table, but I am talking to CEOs and encouraging them to make sure that we have the talent they have available," she said.

Sebelius, however, said she is not considering resigning from her position as a result of the glitchy rollout.

"I work at the pleasure of the president," she told Gupta.

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