Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, before President Barack Obama spoke on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul.
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Sen. Coburn: Government is ‘incompetent’ to roll out Obamacare


The Obamacare website crashed because the government is in charge of it, Sen. Tom Coburn said on Monday’s Morning Joe.

“We’re incompetent to roll it out,” the Republican Oklahoma senator said.

Host Joe Scarborough also said the “basic incompetence” of some people within the current administration has allowed for the problems to occur.

“What we’ve done is lost the very vision of what this country was founded on,” Coburn said.

Americans had the opportunity to start signing up for Obamacare on Oct. 1, but website glitches have caused widespread outrage and heated debates among leaders around the country. Both users and insurance providers have reported experiencing issues when visiting

There have been website disasters in the private industry as well, David Axelrod said on the show. But the opportunity for Americans to have health care “standards,” including prescription coverage and pre-existing care, are positive aspects of the rollout.

“My suggestion is let’s make this work,” said Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama. “Rather than concentrating on how we can run this thing down, let’s talk about how we can make it work.”

Watch more on Morning Joe.

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Sen. Coburn: Government is ‘incompetent’ to roll out Obamacare