WRAPUP 3-More Democrats voice Obamacare concerns as website blame goes around

Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:18pm EDT
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* Contractors shift blame for Healthcare.gov problems

* White House: signup can take place right up to March 31

* Denies signup adjustment a response to website woes

* Some Democrat comments could fuel Republican delay efforts

By David Morgan and Mark Felsenthal

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The contractors for the government's troubled healthcare website sought to deflect blame on Wednesday as more Democrats voiced concerns about the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy.

Administration officials, in damage-control mode for nearly a week, held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and a private session with insurance company executives, who said they would assist in efforts to fix the Healthcare.gov website.

Websites are the primary vehicle for consumers to shop for insurance through exchanges set up under the healthcare program.   Continued...