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Dec 7, 2013

Obama takes up new agenda item after battering on healthcare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, battered by weeks of turmoil over the malfunctioning HealthCare.Gov website, turned to a fresh item on his agenda on Saturday as he pressured Republicans in Congress to extend benefits for jobless Americans.

It was a sign Obama may be slowly turning the corner from one of the worst crises of his five years in office, emerging bruised and weakened from the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law, even as big challenges remain.

Dec 4, 2013

U.S. Republicans broaden attacks on Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the Obamacare website performing better, congressional Republicans on Wednesday returned to their broader attack on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, warning that it would harm the quality of medical care and drive up costs.

They used hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to highlight what they say are flaws in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that go beyond the potentially transitory issues of the website, HealthCare.gov, and cancellations of several million insurance policies that did not meet the law’s standards.

Nov 16, 2013

House passes Republican health bill with 39 Democratic votes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the most significant legislative rebuke to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, 39 members of his Democratic Party voted for a Republican bill in the House of Representatives on Friday aimed at undermining his signature domestic policy.

The measure, which would allow insurance companies to renew and sell inexpensive, limited-coverage policies that have been canceled because they don’t meet the standards of the new healthcare law that took effect on October 1, passed 261-157.

Nov 15, 2013

Obama to meet insurance executives, House to vote on health bill

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was
due to meet health insurance chief executives on Friday, a day
after insurers expressed concerns about his plan to help
Americans who are losing their coverage because of his
healthcare overhaul.

Obama, facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, unveiled
a plan on Thursday which would allow insurers to extend by at
least one year policies due to be canceled because they do not
comply with new minimum requirements under the 2010 Affordable
Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

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

Obama, under political pressure, offers fix to healthcare policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama bowed to political pressure from his fellow Democrats on Thursday and announced a plan to let insurers renew for one year the health plans for Americans whose policies would be otherwise canceled due to Obamacare.

The administrative fix offered by Obama would allow insurers to offer certain health plans in 2014 that do not meet the minimum requirements of the health reform law, but require the companies to spell out how the policies are substandard and what alternatives are available.

Nov 13, 2013

White House takes heat from Democrats to fix Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faced
desperate calls on Wednesday from his political allies to
swiftly help people whose existing insurance policies are being
canceled because of Obamacare, and to fix the program’s broken
website by the end of the month.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, seething
over the botched startup of Obama’s signature healthcare law,
met with administration officials for more than an hour, angry
that the botched rollout could become a major political
liability for the party during the 2014 mid-term elections.

Nov 13, 2013

White House tech chief says ‘making progress’ fixing HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top government information technology officials were set to testify to Congress on Wednesday that they were making headway on fixing HealthCare.gov, 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 January 1.

Nov 6, 2013

Top U.S. insurer sees weak Obamacare sign-ups, prepares for delay

By Caroline Humer and Susan Cornwell

(Reuters) – A top U.S. health insurer gave the first detailed view of how the problem-plagued rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law is affecting the industry, saying on Wednesday it had cut its enrollment forecasts by at least a half and expected the government to delay the sign-up deadline.

Humana Inc said that because of technical problems preventing millions of Americans from accessing the federal HealthCare.gov website since it opened on October 1, the company had slashed its expectations of signing on 500,000 new plan members to an estimate of closer to 250,000.

Nov 6, 2013

Lead author of Obamacare law criticizes administration over rollout

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – A senior Democratic senator
who served as a lead author of President Barack Obama’s
healthcare law criticized the administration on Wednesday for
failing to alert lawmakers to problems that led to the program’s
troubled rollout.

Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance
Committee, who worried openly in April that the rollout could
become “a train wreck” said he has been disappointed to hear
administration officials say they didn’t see problems with the
federal healthcare website HealthCare.gov coming.