WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a handwritten tribute to the words of a president he has long admired, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the Gettysburg Address has provided him late-night solace when he considers the long struggle for equality in America.
“At times, social and economic change have strained our union,” Obama wrote in his tribute, posted late on Tuesday on the White House website after Obama took some criticism for not participating in a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech.
WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who
has portrayed himself as surprised by technical problems with
the government’s new health care website, was briefed earlier
this year on a consultant’s report that warned of possible
widespread site failures, the White House said on Tuesday.
There have been weeks of questions about whether Obama
understood the depth of the site’s problems and let it open
anyway, or simply “did not have enough awareness” of them, as
the president stated at a Nov. 14 news conference.
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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Senate leaders from both parties on Tuesday ahead of international talks this week on Iran’s nuclear program and as senators weigh whether to impose new sanctions on Tehran, the White House said.
Iran and six major world powers are due to meet again on Wednesday in Geneva to discuss a proposal that would ease sanctions on Tehran if it suspends some parts of a nuclear program the United States and others suspect is aimed at developing atomic weapons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.