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Oct 18, 2013

GE posts strong third-quarter backlog, profit margins; shares jump

By Lewis Krauskopf and Ernest Scheyder

(Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Friday posted a record backlog of orders that the company said positioned it well for 2014, lifting shares and overshadowing a decline in quarterly profit and revenue.

Chairman and Chief Executive Jeff Immelt sounded an optimistic tone to end a week of economic uncertainty during the debt ceiling debate in Washington, saying the conglomerate’s results were “very strong in an improving global business environment.”

Oct 14, 2013

Obamacare website shows improvement, new problems emerge

By David Morgan and Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – The U.S. administration has made headway against an online traffic bottleneck that jammed enrollment for President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform, but new technical problems greeted users on Monday showing how difficult it will be to get consumers registered in time for coverage to start January 1.

Three weeks since the launch of new health insurance plans under Obamacare, users were able to create accounts for themselves and begin the enrollment process through the Healthcare.gov insurance marketplace for consumers in 36 states, according to people aiding the sign-up effort.

Oct 8, 2013

State Obamacare markets attract tens of thousands of customers

By Lewis Krauskopf and Deena Beasley

(Reuters) – Tens of thousands of uninsured people have begun to sign up for health coverage through online Obamacare private insurance marketplaces in California and New York, officials said on Tuesday, while problems still plagued the federal online system.

California and New York are two of the biggest markets for signing up millions of uninsured Americans under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. State officials said the data they provided on Tuesday was an early indicator of strong demand for new insurance plans that will take effect in 2014.

Oct 7, 2013

Problems at main Obamacare website are being fixed: White House

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – The Obama administration said on Monday it was fixing software and capacity problems at the main website designed to enroll millions of Americans into new health plans.

The HealthCare.gov website has been beset by glitches since October 1, the first day people were allowed to enroll in the new coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Oct 3, 2013

With Obamacare systems still slow, backlog of the uninsured builds

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Access to new online
health insurance exchanges remained limited on Thursday for
millions of Americans seeking information on Obamacare benefits,
creating a backlog of the uninsured seeking coverage.

Local health clinics, nonprofit community groups and others
have stepped forward to assist would-be beneficiaries in person.
They saw an unexpected influx of phone calls and walk-in visits
from uninsured people who couldn’t access their state’s online
marketplace due to heavy traffic and technical problems.

Oct 2, 2013

U.S. government scrambles to provide access to Obamacare sites

By David Morgan and Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – The U.S. government on Wednesday scrambled to add computer capacity to handle an unexpectedly large number of Americans logging onto new online insurance marketplaces created under Present Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

Technical glitches and heavy traffic slowed Tuesday’s launch of the marketplaces, particularly for the federal Healthcare.gov website serving 36 states.

Oct 1, 2013

Celebrities tell followers to #GetCovered with Obamacare

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) – While technical problems slowed
the launch of new “Obamacare” websites to sell health insurance
on Tuesday, the law’s supporters on Twitter had an easier time
welcoming the “Affordable Care Cat.”

Celebrities and community groups took to social media to
promote President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the 2010
law popularly known as Obamacare, that aims to provide health
coverage to millions of uninsured Americans beginning next year.

Sep 27, 2013

Obama: Government shutdown won’t delay healthcare exchange launch

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday that the new state insurance exchanges created by his healthcare reform law will launch as scheduled on Tuesday even if the federal government shuts down due to Republican efforts to defund Obamacare.

The new online health exchanges at the heart of Obama’s Affordable Care Act are set to open for enrollment on October 1 after years of political attack, offering subsidized health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. Conservative lawmakers in Congress are pushing to cut out spending for the healthcare law at the threat of shutting down the government on the same day.

Sep 27, 2013

Obama: Gov’t shutdown won’t delay healthcare exchange launch

Sept 27 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday
that the new state insurance exchanges created by his healthcare
reform law will launch as scheduled on Tuesday even if the
federal government shuts down due to Republican efforts to
defund Obamacare.

The new online health exchanges at the heart of Obama’s
Affordable Care Act are set to open for enrollment on Oct. 1
after years of political attack, offering subsidized health
coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. Conservative
lawmakers in Congress are pushing to cut out spending for the
healthcare law at the threat of shutting down the government on
the same day.

Sep 23, 2013

Benefit firms create tremors for insurers in U.S. healthcare shakeup

NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) – American companies are sending
shockwaves through the healthcare industry by moving a rapidly
growing number of employees onto privately run online exchanges
for their medical coverage.

In a business already bracing for major change because of
President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, the decisions are
threatening to shift more power in the market to the benefit
consulting firms opening many of the exchanges.

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