WASHINGTON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – As Americans scrambled to
beat a deadline to sign up for insurance under President Barack
Obama’s new healthcare law, the White House gave consumers
shopping on the program’s website an extra day, until Dec. 24,
to pick plans for coverage that starts Jan. 1.
The last-minute move by the Obama administration came on a
day when officials reported record traffic on HealthCare.gov,
the enrollment website that struggled with glitches after its
launch in October.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For most Americans who don’t have health insurance, Monday is the deadline to sign up for coverage starting on January 1 under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.
For others, it’s not a deadline.
There is a “hardship” exception for some that permits them not to sign up any kind of health insurance at all without facing a penalty – the hardship being problems they’ve encountered with Obamacare and its malfunctioning website HealthCare.gov.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday defended his administration’s decision to delay for some people the requirement to buy medical insurance under his healthcare law, but acknowledged that the botched rollout of the policy was his biggest mistake of 2013.
“Since I’m in charge, obviously we screwed it up,” Obama said at his year-end news conference.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government’s move to delay for some people a requirement to buy medical insurance raised new doubts about the already chaotic rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, just days before an enrollment deadline.
In another technical setback on Friday for the main website for enrollment, HealthCare.gov, U.S. officials said it would be down for a few hours to repair an error that occurred overnight.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration made a major last-minute policy shift on Thursday, saying the change would help Americans meet a looming deadline to replace insurance plans canceled because of new standards under Obamacare reforms.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that this group of people – estimated by the administration to be fewer than 500,000 in number – will be allowed to claim a “hardship exemption” from the requirement in the 2010 Affordable Care Act to buy insurance.
(Reuters) – Some technical experts are perplexed at the U.S. government’s plan to switch web hosts for its new health insurance portal, HealthCare.gov, in the midst of an expected last-minute rush to beat a March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014 coverage.
Switching hosts is not in and of itself a huge risk if it is done carefully and with lots of preparation, according to technical experts interviewed by Reuters. It is the timing of the highly complex maneuver that is risky. If there are problems, the website could become sluggish or even unusable for anyone trying to enroll.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama prepared to release an independent panel’s review of U.S. intelligence practices on Wednesday in a prelude to announcing a broad set of new policy procedures aimed at reining in the National Security Agency.
Spurred into action by revelations of U.S. surveillance by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, Obama will announce next month some constraints on the intelligence community to ensure American officials are focusing on foreign threats and not simply gathering information because they have the capability to do so.
WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
will meet on Wednesday with a panel he appointed to review
privacy issues related to government surveillance programs, days
after the group submitted a report and recommendations on their
findings, the White House said.
Obama has faced criticism from allies at home and abroad who
have called for him to rein in spying activities since June,
when former spy contractor Edward Snowden exposed classified
details about the scope of U.S. National Security Agency
surveillance of emails and phone calls.
WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Technology company executives
pressed President Barack Obama on Tuesday to rein in the U.S.
government’s electronic spying after a court dealt a blow to
the administration’s surveillance practices.
Top executives from Apple, Google, Yahoo!
, Netflix, Comcast, AT&T,
Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and other
companies met privately for more than two hours with Obama and
top White House aides.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top economic aide Gene Sperling is postponing his departure from the White House for a month while his replacement, Jeffrey Zients, gears up for the new job after overseeing intensive efforts to fix the website used to shop for Obamacare health insurance, the White House said on Tuesday.
Obama had announced in September that his longtime adviser Sperling would step down as head of the National Economic Council on January 1, and named Zients, a trusted budget aide, as his replacement.