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Issa presses tech companies for info on HealthCare.gov fix

The House Oversight Committee is pressing private tech companies for information about their involvement — if any — in fixing the glitch-plagued HealthCare.gov.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent letters to Verizon Enterprise Inc., Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Expedia Tuesday in an effort to learn more about the problems with and efforts to fix the issues with HealthCare.gov, which Issa writes, “the Administration has so far refused to divulge.”

Over the past several days, the Obama administration has indicated that it is working with “top private-sector tech companies,” and “some of the best and brightest from inside and outside government” to work out a fix to the Obamacare web portals.

Issa explains in his missives that given the administration’s posturing and President Obama’s assertion that “we’re well into a ‘tech surge,’” neither the White House nor HHS have provided information about what private companies are involved.

“The Committee seeks your company’s cooperation in an effort to obtain important information about the problems plaguing HealthCare.gov and efforts to address them that the Administration has so far refused to divulge,” the letter reads.

“Your company has, however, been prominently mentioned in public discussion related to HealthCare.gov,” the letter further explains, going on to request any documents or communications with the administration and/or contractors working on HealthCare.gov dealing with the site or Obamacare since its Oct. 1 launch.

Monday, the Committee pressed the Obama administration on whether “political considerations” led to last minute changes in HealthCare.gov that possibly contributed to some of the problems with the site.

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