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Nov 14, 2013

An apologetic Obama unveils fix on health law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday tried to ease the biggest crisis of his presidency, acknowledging missteps with his signature healthcare law and announcing a plan to help those seeing their current health plans canceled because of it.

Obama, trying to limit the political damage to his presidency and fellow Democrats, said health insurers could extend by at least one year policies due to be canceled because they do not comply with new minimum requirements under the law.

Nov 14, 2013

Republicans seek more HealthCare.gov testimony from White House

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Republicans on the House
Oversight Committee have asked President Barack Obama’s current
and former top healthcare advisers to testify next week on the
rocky rollout of Obamacare, but the White House has so far not
agreed to the idea.

Darrell Issa, the chairman of the committee, and Jim Jordan,
who chairs one of its subcommittees, asked the White House to
allow Jeanne Lambrew, a senior White House official responsible
for healthcare policy, to appear at a Nov. 20 hearing.

Nov 13, 2013

White House tech chief says ‘making progress’ fixing HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Top government information
technology officials were set to testify to Congress on
Wednesday that they were making headway on fixing
HealthCare.gov, the broken website used to sign up for President
Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program.

Obama has pledged that the website will work smoothly for
most people by the end of the month – a critical deadline for
Americans who need to sign up for insurance benefits that would
start on Jan. 1.

Nov 13, 2013

Obama tech chief to testify in Congress about healthcare website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top White House technology adviser will testify at a congressional hearing on Wednesday about the troubled launch of the website at the heart of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform despite the administration’s assertions that he was too busy.

The White House confirmed late on Tuesday that Todd Park, its chief technology officer, would comply with a subpoena to testify at a hearing of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives Oversight Committee.

Nov 13, 2013

With a nudge from Bill Clinton, Democrats seek to tweak health law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The growing pressure on President Barack Obama to adjust his problem-plagued healthcare law seemed to boil over on Tuesday, as leaders of Obama’s Democratic Party called on him to allow a change in the law so that Americans who are happy with their health plans could keep them.

In what became the clearest sign yet of Democrats’ increasing anxiety over the troubled rollout of the healthcare law, former President Bill Clinton told the web magazine Ozymandias that Obama should support such a change to fulfill a promise he and his administration have made to Americans for years.

Nov 9, 2013

White House tech expert gets subpoena to testify on HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena on Friday to compel Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the White House, to testify at a hearing next week about what went wrong with the Obamacare website.

The White House called the subpoena “unfortunate and unnecessary” and said that Park was busy fixing the website. The White House earlier had said he was willing to appear voluntarily in December.

Nov 8, 2013

Obama: regrets not ‘as clear as we needed to be’ on Obamacare pledge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday to Americans who are losing their healthcare insurance policies, saying in an interview that he regrets that “we weren’t as clear as we needed to be” about Obamacare healthcare reforms.

Obama’s expression of regret was aimed at placating Americans whose insurance plans are being canceled in spite of his oft-repeated pledge that if people liked their health plans, they would be able to keep them under Obamacare.

Nov 7, 2013

Obama gets earful from Senate Democrats about health law woes

WASHINGTON/DALLAS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday met with frustrated Senate Democrats, some of whom fear the disastrous rollout of his signature healthcare law could complicate their already difficult re-election fights in 2014.

The Obama administration has faced intense criticism since hundreds of thousands of people have seen their health insurance policies canceled because they do not meet new benefit requirements, despite Obama’s pledge that Americans could keep their current plans under Obamacare.

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

Obama asks supporters to help with rollout of troubled healthcare plan

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama,
defiant against critics of his troubled healthcare plan, vowed
on Monday to press ahead with the rollout and asked supporters
to help as the White House struggled to gain control of the
debate over his signature achievement in the face of mounting
criticism.

Obama went before 200 of the core activists who helped turn
out the vote for him in his re-election a year ago, seeking
their assistance to enroll people into the Affordable Care Act
amid signs that early enrollment numbers will fall far short of
expectations.

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