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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 (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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.