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Nov 19, 2013

Obama was briefed in spring on widespread website problems

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who has portrayed himself as surprised by technical problems with the government’s new health care website, was briefed last spring on a detailed consultant’s report that warned of system failure, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

Carney said the president’s familiarity with the report and recommendations by McKinsey & Co did not contradict previous statements from the White House that described Obama as surprised by the scope of flaws in HealthCare.gov since it opened for people to enroll for insurance coverage on October 1.

Nov 19, 2013

Obama administration was warned of Obamacare risks in March: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obama administration officials, including senior White House staff, were warned last spring of risks to the rollout of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, including the danger of scant testing, according to a report released by congressional investigators.

In a 14-part slide presentation, consulting firm McKinsey & Co said a compressed testing window could inhibit the administration’s ability to resolve problems with the website, HealthCare.gov, that could occur after the October 1 launch.

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.

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