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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

Obama blames ‘bad apple’ insurers for lost 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

Obama to steer clear of World Series during Boston visit

BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has steered clear of Wednesday’s matchup between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the World Series during his visit to Boston, partly to avoid being an extra burden on a baseball-mad city.

Obama visited Boston to discuss his landmark health insurance law at a time Boston authorities are stretched thin with preparations for a game that gives the Red Sox a chance to win the championship at home for first time in 95 years.

Oct 30, 2013

In Boston speech, Obama seeks to reset ideas about his health law

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – After four rocky weeks while
his landmark health insurance law has been disparaged as poorly
managed, expensive and disappointing, President Barack Obama
will travel to Boston on Wednesday to try to reset expectations
about Obamacare.

Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech in 271-year-old
Faneuil Hall, where some of the seeds of the American revolution
took root – and where on April 12, 2006, the start of another
historic shift began.

Oct 30, 2013

Obama under fire as Americans lose prior health plans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is facing fresh attacks for his pledge that Americans who like their current healthcare plans can keep them under Obamacare after reports that thousands of Americans facing cancellation notices.

Accusations that the pledge was misleading are potentially a deeper threat to Obama than the website glitches that have plagued Healthcare.gov since its October 1 launch and allowed only a trickle of people to sign up on new federal insurance exchanges.

Oct 29, 2013

Obama under attack as Americans losing prior health plans

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is
facing fresh attacks for his pledge that Americans who like
their current healthcare plans can keep them under Obamacare, as
reports pile up of thousands of Americans facing cancellation
notices.

Accusations that the pledge was misleading are potentially a
deeper threat to Obama than the website glitches that have
plagued Healthcare.gov since its Oct. 1 launch and allowed only
a trickle of people to sign up on new federal insurance
exchanges.

Oct 26, 2013

Sebelius finds a silver lining in Obamacare ‘data hub’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, besieged by bad news about the new government health care website, sought on Saturday to highlight a portion of the complex system that she said is working well.

The website, designed to let millions of uninsured Americans shop and enroll in health insurance, has been plagued by delays and error messages since it rolled out on October 1, embarrassing President Barack Obama as his administration scrambles to fix the problems.

Oct 26, 2013

After tough week, White House buys time for Obamacare website fix

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama promised on Saturday that his troubled healthcare website was just weeks away from a cure as he struggled to convince Americans he is on top of what has become a self-inflicted wound to his signature first-term achievement.

His administration unveiled a plan on Friday to make Obamacare insurance marketplaces on healthcare.gov – a website riddled with error messages, long delays and bugs – work better by the end of November.

Oct 25, 2013

Obama’s tech expert becomes target over healthcare website woes

By Roberta Rampton and Sarah McBride

(Reuters) – Todd Park has gone from steering his healthcare information technology company through a blockbuster IPO to occasionally sleeping on a mat in his office while working to repair the troubled new U.S. government healthcare website.

Park, the chief technology officer for the White House and a top advisor to President Barack Obama, now finds himself among a handful of officials with targets on their backs as Republicans try to root out who is responsible for this month’s glitch-ridden rollout of Healthcare.gov.

Oct 23, 2013

White House official fired over anonymous tweets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A senior White House official who was helping negotiate nuclear issues with Iran has been fired after being unmasked as the acidic voice behind a Twitter account known for its insults of public figures at the White House and on Capitol Hill, a government official said on Tuesday.

Jofi Joseph was director of nuclear non-proliferation on the White House National Security Council staff, but for more than two years sent hundreds of anonymous and abrasive tweets using the handle @NatSecWonk.

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