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Nov 21, 2013

Biden finds slice of home at Delaware sandwich shop

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden took a stand for his home state on Thursday when he stepped out to buy Italian subs – for lunch with the boss – at a new branch of his favorite Delaware sandwich shop.

“We don’t call them hoagies in Delaware, we call them subs,” said Biden, who represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 36 years. “This started in Union Street where I hang out, Little Italy.”

Nov 21, 2013

Insurance commissioners raise concerns about healthcare fix with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – State insurance commissioners told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that his effort to stem a wave of insurance cancellations caused by his signature healthcare law could lead to higher premiums.

Obama met with representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to discuss the “fix” he came up with last week to calm the uproar surrounding millions of cancellation notices sent to holders of individual health insurance policies no longer legal under the healthcare law, known as Obamacare.

Nov 20, 2013

Obama pens tribute to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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.

Nov 20, 2013

Obama was briefed earlier in year on health website problems

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.

Nov 19, 2013

Obama was briefed in spring on widespread website problems

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 since it opened for people to enroll for insurance coverage on October 1.

Nov 18, 2013

Obama to update Senate leaders on Iran talks on Tuesday

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.

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 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

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Top government information
technology officials were set to testify to Congress on
Wednesday that they were making headway on fixing, 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.

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