News Summary: House panel probes health site woes

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GETTING ANSWERS: The House is investigating technical glitches behind the rollout of, the sixth major sixth major congressional hearing since President Obama's computerized insurance markets went live Oct. 1.

JUST LOOKING: A key issue for investigators is why the administration required consumers to first create online accounts at before they could shop for health plans. That runs counter to the common e-commerce practice of allowing anonymous window-shopping.

THERE'S MORE: The hearing comes during a week in which the administration is expected to release October enrollment numbers. They are believed to amount to only a fraction of the nearly 500,000 initial signups that officials had projected a month before the website's launch.