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Jan 6, 2014

U.S. senator sues over healthcare subsidy for Congress

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.

Dec 31, 2013

Over 2 million have signed up for Obamacare: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over 2 million people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the federally run and state healthcare websites since enrollment began in October, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. 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 because of a series of technical problems.

Dec 30, 2013

Official who oversaw building of Obamacare website retires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health official Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website,, 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.”

Dec 24, 2013

Amid Obamacare late rush, government says ‘don’t worry’

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 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.

Dec 24, 2013

Obamacare draws last-minute shoppers, deadline is moving target

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 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.

Dec 23, 2013

Obamacare signup deadline pushed back to Tuesday

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,
the enrollment website that struggled with glitches after its
launch in October.

Dec 23, 2013

Obamacare’s signup deadline on Monday has its exceptions

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

Dec 20, 2013

Obama says “we screwed it up” on health law debut

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.

Dec 20, 2013

Latest delay adds to chaotic rollout of Obama’s health law

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,, U.S. officials said it would be down for a few hours to repair an error that occurred overnight.

Dec 18, 2013

Tea Party conservatives shift to fight over U.S. debt ceiling hike

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Even as a touch of bipartisan
bonhomie settles over Washington with the passage of a budget
compromise, conservatives in Congress are planning their next
attempt to rein in government spending when the U.S. bumps up
against its borrowing limit in the spring.

Tea Party-oriented conservatives, who failed in efforts to
stop the budget deal, say they may have a better chance at
attaching new fiscal restraints to legislation raising the U.S.
debt ceiling.