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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.

Oct 29, 2013

Obamacare official apologizes for website glitches

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. agency
responsible for the troubled new government-run healthcare
website apologized on Tuesday for the difficulty people are
having in obtaining insurance, but blamed the portal’s woes on
contractors and high traffic.

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said the website faces
“complex technical issues” four weeks after it opened for

Oct 27, 2013

Data center glitch is latest problem in ‘Obamacare’ rollout

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down on Sunday, the U.S. government said, in the latest problem for the “Obamacare” rollout.

Verizon’s Terremark operates the data center behind a federal system for determining eligibility for government subsidies to buy insurance nationwide and hosts HealthCare.gov, the website that makes insurance available in 36 of the 50 states.

Oct 27, 2013

Key U.S. official faces grilling over how Obamacare website became fiasco

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two months before the troubled October 1 launch of Obamacare exchanges, a key administration official overseeing the program assured a congressional oversight panel that work was on track to roll out a tested website that would make it easy for Americans to enroll in affordable health insurance coverage.

“This is a large and complicated endeavor that I am proud to lead, and every decision is being made by my prior work experience,” Marilyn Tavenner testified on August 1 before the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, describing the launch of the Healthcare.gov website.

Oct 24, 2013

Contractors describe scant pre-launch testing of U.S. healthcare site

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
launched its troubled healthcare insurance website after only a
minimum of crucial system-wide testing, despite contractors
warning officials repeatedly about performance risks, a
congressional panel heard on Thursday.

Witnesses said the administration did not conduct end-to-end
testing of the system’s technology backbone until just the two
weeks before one of the lynchpins of President Barack Obama’s
landmark healthcare policy opened to consumers on Oct. 1.

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