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The Name Left Out in Obamacare Victory Remarks: Kathleen Sebelius

April 2, 2014 The White House held a press conference Tuesday to discuss Obamacare's enrollment numbers, but the biggest news may have been President Obama's alleged snubbing of Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. At least, that's what the White House press corps thinks. Even though the White House reaffirmed its support for her earlier ...

HealthCare.gov Shows Symptoms of Its Own on Final Enrollment Day

March 31, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Healthcare.gov was down for maintenance Monday morning, and is now queueing guests — on the last day to attempt to enroll for health insurance, though users who say they tried to enroll (but were unable to) can apply for a special enrollment period. As Politico reported this morning, the site ...

Congress Had an Unusually Productive Day Thursday

March 28, 2014 Congress, which had Friday off, finished their work week with an exciting, and unusually productive day of legislating on Thursday. The Senate voted to move the long-gestating unemployment aid extension forward, and the House "muscled" in a vote on a bill that would prevent Medicare payment cuts for doctors, according ...

Even Joe Biden Concedes Obamacare Won't Reach 7 Million

February 21, 2014 Vice President Joe Biden surprised no one on Wednesday when he said Obamacare would probably not reach 7 million enrollees. "We may not get to 7 million, but if we get to 5 or 6 million that’s a hell of a start,” Biden said, according to the Associated Press. This ...

The Official Who Oversaw HealthCare.gov Is Retiring

December 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Michelle Snyder, the chief operating officer and second-in-command of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is retiring at the end of the year, according toThe New York Times. Snyder was in responsible for "day-to-day activities and the allocation of resources, including budget and personnel," and HealthCare.gov contractors reported to ...

How Far Does Michelle Obama Have to Lean In to Be a Feminist?

November 25, 2013 Apparently Michelle Obama, an Ivy League-educated lawyer, mother of two, and America's only black first lady, is a "feminist nightmare." So says Michelle Cottle, in a Politico magazine piece that seems to deem anything short of "Angry Black Woman" Michelle as a catastrophic setback to Gloria Steinem's good work. Cottle ...

Oregon's Obamacare Website Hasn't Enrolled One Person in Private Insurance Yet

November 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Covered Oregon is the glaring exception to the relatively high success enjoyed by state-run Obamacare exchanges. After nearly two months, 400 hires and $3.8 million, the site hasn't enrolled a single person in private health insurance. And, after being grilled on Wednesday by state lawmakers, Covered Oregon officials admitted that ...

The HealthCare.gov To-Do List

November 20, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 10 days HealthCare.gov has to work. By January, the Obama administration has to figure out how to send subsidies to insurance companies and deal with the upcoming "You Can Keep Your Doctor" PR crisis. And at some point Obamacare needs some rebranding — not for the sake of President ...

State Obamacare Exchanges Are Having a Pretty Good November

November 19, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The divide between the state-run exchanges and the federal one is growing even wider. On Monday White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that an 80 percent successful enrollment rate would be ideal for HealthCare.gov, but several state-run exchanges are actually on track to hit their 2014 enrollment goals. "What ...

House Subpoenas Todd Park, Marks Him as Next Healthcare.gov Scapegoat

November 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Everyone seems to agree that someone should get fired over the Obamacare launch, though no one can confidently say who deserves a pink slip. On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will grill its newest candidate: Todd Park, the White House's Chief Technology Officer. The oversight committee really, ...