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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.

Nov 3, 2013

In political messaging wars, White House deploys a Twitter army

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Besieged by unflattering stories about the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare program, the White House saw a news report that it wanted to swiftly knock down.

It was from NBC, which said that Obama had overpromised when he said Americans who liked their insurance could keep it, and that the president knew that many people would see their coverage change.

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.

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