Henry Chao, a HealthCare.gov technology manager, returned to Capitol Hill Tuesday for another Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act hearing.

Chao, the deputy chief information officer at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told lawmakers he's a career civil servant who simply tried to implement the vision of Marilyn Tavenner, the CMS administrator, and other higher-level managers and policy makers.

"I didn't get to pick what date we started," Chao said, and he said he wasn't at the meetings at which the launch date was set.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.