WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly (D) says the ongoing problems with the Affordable Care Act website are unacceptable.
Donnelly told News 18 Tuesday that he has advised officials to put extra information technology personnel on the problem until it is fixed. He said most of the phone calls to his Senate offices from residents have been about the recent government shutdown, not healthcare.
He says he isn't sure how long it will take to fix the problems, but the sooner the website is up and running, the better off we will be.
"I think it's completely unacceptable that the website is not working properly, that after having the time to get it set up properly that it's still not," said Donnelly.
Donnelly helped craft a bipartisan compromise to end the government shutdown last week says he's hopeful a long-term solution is possible. He was one of 14 senators that helped draft the final agreement reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling.
However, the deal only funds government through January 15, 2014 and extends the debt limit to February 7.
He says he pushed for a long term solution to the problem.
"This moving months to months makes no sense. Our people need certainty. Our businesses need certainty. I am hopeful that when this is revisited again we'll be able to put a long-term solution in place," said Donnelly.
Donnelly says the moderate base in the Senate continues to grow and is hopeful that a bipartisan spirit will continue to spread as the government turns to other issues like passing a farm bill and immigration. Donnelly says a big Congressional priority should be passing a 5-year farm bill that significantly protects farmers, with an emphasis on crop insurance not direct payments.
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