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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 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.

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 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.

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 HealthCare.gov,
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 HealthCare.gov.

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, HealthCare.gov, 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.

Dec 18, 2013

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

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Even as a touch of bipartisan
bonhomie settles over Washington with the pending 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.

Dec 17, 2013

Former Microsoft exec named to oversee Obamacare website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the appointment of a former Microsoft Corp executive to oversee its revamped HealthCare.gov website and expand on technology improvements achieved by the site’s outgoing czar, Jeffrey Zients.

Kurt DelBene, who recently retired as head of the software company’s Microsoft Office unit, will spearhead efforts to continue the overhaul of the website, which was set up to provide federally subsidized health insurance to millions of consumers in 36 states.

Dec 17, 2013

Former Microsoft exec to oversee Obamacare website overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kurt DelBene, a recently retired Microsoft executive who headed the software giant’s Office unit, will spearhead efforts to continue the overhaul of the federal government’s website for health insurance, the government said on Tuesday.

DelBene, who starts his new job on Wednesday, will replace Jeffrey Zients, a long-time aide to President Barack Obama who starts a new job as top economic adviser at the White House in the new year.