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Nov 19, 2013

Officials say Obamacare website improves as Republicans pounce

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The race intensified on Monday between Republicans trying to discredit President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law and officials trying to repair the flawed website crucial to the success of his policy reform.

While Obama administration officials said they had made significant improvements to HealthCare.gov, Republicans began appealing to the public on Monday for personal accounts of negative experiences with the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.

Nov 17, 2013

Top Democrat denies party members retreating from Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Sunday that her party would not abandon President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law, despite unrelenting Republican opposition and emerging signs of market turmoil for consumers and health insurers.

Two days after 39 House Democrats joined Republicans on a bill aimed at undermining the law known as Obamacare, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi denied that Democrats have lost confidence in Obama’s ability to overcome a botched rollout of his signature domestic policy achievement.

Nov 17, 2013

Top Democrat Pelosi denies party members retreating from Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S.
House of Representatives said on Sunday that her party would not
abandon President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law,
despite unrelenting Republican opposition and emerging signs of
market turmoil for consumers and health insurers.

Two days after 39 House Democrats joined Republicans on a
bill aimed at undermining the law known as Obamacare, House
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi denied that Democrats have lost
confidence in Obama’s ability to overcome a botched rollout of
his signature domestic policy achievement.

Nov 15, 2013

U.S. administration plans Obamacare website upgrade this weekend

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration hopes to upgrade the performance of its faltering HealthCare.gov website this weekend by adding new capacity just two weeks before a crucial deadline for having it running smoothly, a presidential adviser said on Friday.

“We will be bringing additional servers online, as well as additional database capacity and data storage. With these upgrades, we will significantly increase the system’s capacity,” President Barack Obama’s website adviser Jeffrey Zients told reporters in a conference call.

Nov 15, 2013

Exclusive: U.S. official in July feared HealthCare.gov ‘crash’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Almost three months before the botched launch of HealthCare.gov, a U.S. health official expressed frustration with a main contractor working on the website, fearing quality assurance issues could “crash the plane at take-off,” according to government documents obtained by Reuters.

The documents were released by Republican investigators with the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. Republican lawmakers, who have consistently sought to undermine President Barack Obama’s signature health system overhaul, are probing the law’s disastrous rollout.

Nov 15, 2013

U.S. official in July feared HealthCare.gov ‘crash’

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Almost three months before
the botched launch of HealthCare.gov, a U.S. health official
expressed frustration with a main contractor working on the
website, fearing quality assurance issues could “crash the plane
at take-off,” according to government documents obtained by
Reuters.

The documents were released by Republican investigators with
the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.
Republican lawmakers, who have consistently sought to undermine
President Barack Obama’s signature health system overhaul, are
probing the law’s disastrous rollout.

Nov 10, 2013

Early Obamacare data to signal how many still waiting to enroll

WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – The Obama administration will
release healthcare enrollment numbers for Obamacare’s rocky
October rollout this week that could be more important for what
they fail to say, than for what they do.

President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration, which is
under intense pressure from Republicans to release the data, has
signaled that the total will be low after weeks of technical
problems with the federal website, HealthCare.gov.

Nov 8, 2013

Obama’s task in easing healthcare woes may be easier said than done

Nov 8 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said the White
House was weighing options for fixing problems with his
signature healthcare law but it may be a complicated legal and
logistical task.

Obama, who apologized in a TV interview on Thursday to those
Americans whose insurance plans are being canceled since the law
took effect on Oct. 1, is facing criticism from Republicans over
whether or not he misled Americans by promising that if they
liked their policies, they could still keep them.

Nov 6, 2013

Lead author of Obamacare law criticizes administration over rollout

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – A senior Democratic senator
who served as a lead author of President Barack Obama’s
healthcare law criticized the administration on Wednesday for
failing to alert lawmakers to problems that led to the program’s
troubled rollout.

Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance
Committee, who worried openly in April that the rollout could
become “a train wreck” said he has been disappointed to hear
administration officials say they didn’t see problems with the
federal healthcare website HealthCare.gov coming.

Nov 5, 2013

Obama administration pushes back over cancelled health plans

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The Obama administration,
under pressure over the botched opening of its healthcare
website, announced new efforts on Tuesday to appease hundreds of
thousands of people whose coverage is being cancelled as
insurers prepare for reforms in 2014.

Officials said many cancellation victims hear only about
costly replacement plans from their insurers and not about
options available through new online healthcare marketplaces
that can offer plans with lower, subsidized premiums. To that
end, the administration is seeking to broaden the message
consumers receive from insurers and the government.

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