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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.

Nov 5, 2013

U.S. agency says working on plan for people hit by Obamacare rollout

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The Obama administration,
beset by criticism over the botched opening of its new
healthcare insurance website, says it is working on a plan to
appease hundreds of thousands of people whose coverage has been
canceled and millions of others unable to enroll.

While much of the criticism has come from Republicans, on
Tuesday the head of the agency in charge of implementing
President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law also
came under fire at a congressional hearing from a leading
Democratic senator, who said public confidence had been
undermined by the flawed launch of the HealthCare.gov website.

Nov 1, 2013

Enrollment in Obamacare very small in first days: documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Enrollment in health insurance plans on the troubled Obamacare website was very small in the first couple of days of operation, with just 248 Americans signing up, according to documents released on Thursday by a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

The Obama administration has said it cannot provide enrollment figures from HealthCare.gov because it doesn’t have the numbers. The federal website, where residents of 36 states can buy new healthcare plans under President Barack Obama’s law, was launched on October 1.

Oct 31, 2013

Obamacare website gets new tech experts; oversight pressure grows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration said it has brought in experts from top technology companies including Google Inc and Oracle Corp to fix the HealthCare.gov website, as Republicans press for details about the botched October 1 launch that prevented millions of Americans from signing up for new insurance plans.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it had added dozens of technology experts and engineers to its round-the-clock effort to fix the technical glitches on the site that is key to the implementation of President Barack Obama’s healthcare restructuring law.

Oct 31, 2013

Obama blames ‘bad apple’ insurers for canceled coverage

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that “bad apple” insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks.

As administration officials scrambled to fix technical problems on an online insurance marketplace that is central to the success of the Affordable Care Act, Obama blamed private insurers for a separate problem that has critics questioning his honesty.

Oct 30, 2013

Top Obamacare official blames insurers for lost coverage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s top health official said on Wednesday that private insurance companies, not President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the debut of the Affordable Care Act a “debacle” as she sought to assure skeptical lawmakers at a congressional hearing that the administration will fix technical flaws with the website.

Oct 30, 2013

Top Obamacare official says website a ‘debacle’, points to insurers

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s top
health official on Wednesday called the rollout of the website
that is central to President Barack Obama’s signature insurance
reform a “debacle” but blamed insurers for cancelling the health
plans of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

The government has scrambled for weeks to fix the troubled
insurance exchange website that has frustrated millions of
Americans who want to sign up for new health plans under Obama’s
Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

Oct 30, 2013

Top Obamacare official apologizes for website ‘debacle’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top health official apologized on Wednesday for the botched rollout of the government’s healthcare website, acknowledging it was a “debacle”, while also blaming insurers for cancelling coverage for hundreds of thousands of people.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, testifying at a congressional hearing on the troubled website at the heart of Obama’s healthcare overhaul, vowed to win back the confidence of millions of disappointed Americans.

Oct 29, 2013

Lower-cost coverage at risk if no quick fix of Obamacare website

By Lewis Krauskopf and David Morgan

(Reuters) – If technical problems with the U.S. government’s new healthcare website are not fixed in November, hundreds of thousands of Americans could lose easy access to lower-cost coverage, jeopardizing the Obama administration’s goal of making affordable insurance broadly available in 2014.

Consumers in 36 states are relying on Healthcare.gov to qualify for tax subsidies that will reduce coverage costs under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which was expected to cover 7 million people next year alone through new private insurance marketplaces.

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