PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse calls it "nervy" for states that did not set up their own health insurance marketplaces to complain about problems with the federal health overhaul website.
The Rhode Island Democrat spoke at a Senate committee hearing in Washington on the troubled rollout of healthcare.gov.
He said it's "a little nervy to be complaining that the federal government didn't do it for you well enough" when states could have "simply saddled up and done it" themselves.
Rhode Island is among the states operating its own marketplace, where individuals and small businesses can purchase coverage. Most states are relying on the federal government.
Whitehouse said the rollout of HealthSource RI has been relatively smooth and that glitches plaguing the federal effort are frustrating but don't tell the whole story.