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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.

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.

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