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WASHINGTON, DC (FOX13) -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) grilled a member of the Obama administration over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Alexander is the top Republican on the Senate Health Committee.

The senator covered many issues during his questioning Tuesday morning from people losing their policies because of ACA requirements, to how many people have enrolled so far.
 
MORE: Alexander releases Obamacare stats for TN

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She told senators that the Obama administration is working to fix the problems with the Healthcare.gov website.

MORE: White House sidesteps on 'Obamacare' change

When the site launched Americans had to sign up for an account before they could browse for coverage. Now the administration says that's not the case any more.

Sen. Alexander wanted details on signup numbers.

"You're going to release it once? I mean why don't you release it daily?," Sen. Alexander asked.

"So we had said all along, long before the program went live, that we would do monthly data very similar to how we do Medicaid and how we do Medicare," Tavenner said.

"But this is a little different. This is people who are making decisions, people who are going to lose their insurance starting Jan. 1. People who sign up by Dec. 15," Sen Alexander said.

"And I would say that's all the more reason to do it monthly because the fact is this is early on and people can decide to go in and out and they don't have to make payments until December," Tavenner said.

The State of Tennessee's Department of Commerce and Insurance had been tracking sign ups in the state but a spokesperson said they stop because of the website problems at their last count, 834 people statewide had signed up.

 

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