Pryor tells Obama he's frustrated by "botched" rollout of ACA


WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said he told President Obama during a private White House meeting Wednesday that he is frustrated with the “botched” roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama met for about two hours with more than a dozen Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2014 to discuss the implementation of Obama’s signature policy initiative and ongoing efforts to fix the HealthCare.gov website.

“The American people are frustrated with the White House’s botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and I am too,” Pryor said in a statement issued after the meeting.

Pryor said he told Obama to fix the website immediately, address problems with the law and hold individuals in charge accountable for the mistakes.

“I won’t let up until these problems are fixed,” he said.

Pryor, who is seeking a third term in 2014, is being hammered by his likely Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle, over his support for the health care reform law known as Obamacare.

In his statement, Pryor said that during Wednesday’s meeting Obama emphasized his commitment to ensuring Americans are able to enroll in health insurance through the market exchanges in time for insurance coverage to start on Jan. 1.

He said the president also discussed ongoing efforts to ramp up consumer outreach and reiterated that the administration is working to ensure the privacy of online applications.