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Nov 27, 2013

Even if health website works, Obamacare could see trouble ahead

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration says
it is on target to make its problematic healthcare insurance
website work smoothly for the “vast majority” of users by this
weekend, but some Americans who want coverage by Jan. 1 might
not be able to get it – even if they successfully navigate the
portal and sign up for a plan.

The problem, according to insurance industry officials and
other specialists, is that the administration is behind schedule
in building a computer program needed to verify the names and
coverage choices of enrollees in the system created by the
Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.

Nov 25, 2013

U.S. says new queuing system will help if HealthCare.gov gets too much traffic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday announced a plan to help HealthCare.gov visitors cope with online glitches if traffic surges after the troubled website is working smoothly for most people this weekend as promised.

Warning that the federal healthcare website will still be plagued by delays and outages in the weeks to come, an administration official said people who log on to shop or apply for subsidized health coverage will join a new “queuing system” if traffic exceeds a benchmark of 800,000 visitors.

Nov 20, 2013

Crucial Obamacare financial technology still unfinished -U.S. official

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Up to 40 percent of the
technology needed to run the new Obamacare health insurance
marketplace has not yet been built and will not be ready when
insurance companies start sending in bills when coverage begins
Jan. 1, the project manager of HealthCare.gov told the U.S.
Congress on Tuesday.

The missing “back-end” technology may not be ready until
mid-January, Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer for
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told a House of
Representatives oversight subcommittee.

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.

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