WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Republicans are saying they can no longer just be the party of “No” on Obamacare: They need to come up with an alternative healthcare policy.
While many Americans are skeptical of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, they also tell lawmakers they worry about keeping their costs from getting out of control. For those voters, a party that offers a platform to repeal the 2010 law without anything to replace it may not be very attractive.
WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – A bill targeting potential
security problems with the Obamacare website passed the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Friday with
the support of dozens of Democrats, despite opposition from the
The House voted 291-122 to approve legislation by Republican
Representative Joe Pitts that would require the government to
notify Americans within two days if their personal information
has been compromised on the federal website, HealthCare.gov,
where consumers can shop and buy health insurance.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ron Johnson filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the way President Barack Obama’s healthcare law is being applied to Congress, part of a larger Republican strategy to draw attention to what they see as critical flaws in Obama’s signature domestic policy.
Johnson, of Wisconsin, is challenging a U.S. agency decision allowing the federal government to keep paying part of the costs of health insurance for U.S. lawmakers and their staffs who must buy coverage through the Obamacare marketplaces.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over 2 million people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the federally run HealthCare.gov and state healthcare websites since enrollment began in October, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
HealthCare.gov covers 36 states; another 14 states have their own websites. While short of the 3.3 million enrollees the Obama administration was hoping for by now, the number of enrollees is a dramatic improvement from the early weeks of the program when barely 150,000 signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov because of a series of technical problems.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health official Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, is retiring from her job as chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
CMS chief Marilyn Tavenner announced Snyder’s departure to senior staff last week in a statement viewed by Reuters on Monday. The statement said Snyder had originally planned to retire at the end of 2012, but stayed on at Tavenner’s request to, “help me with the challenges facing CMS in 2013.”
WASHINGTON, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. government said it
was still processing thousands of sign-ups for health insurance
under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law on
Tuesday as Americans made a final rush to obtain medical
coverage in time for New Year’s Day.
Citing nearly 2 million visits to the HealthCare.gov website
and over 250,000 inquiries at call centers before Monday’s
sign-up deadline, the government gave consumers an extra day to
enroll by midnight on Tuesday for January coverage.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The main website for enrollment under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law has drawn nearly 2 million visits, officials said Tuesday, in a last-minute rush to meet an ever-flexible deadline for people to obtain insurance coverage starting January 1.
Citing high traffic to the HealthCare.gov website and at call centers before Monday’s sign-up deadline, the government allowed people an extra day to complete their enrollment in time to be covered by New Year’s Day. In a blog post on the website on Tuesday, the administration suggested additional flexibility, without specifying a new deadline.
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.