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White House Delays Obamacare Mandate Again

February 10, 2014 The Obama administration announced further delays Monday in Obamacare's employer mandate—which has already been pushed back a full year. Administration officials said the latest delays are designed to give businesses more flexibility and a longer transition period to begin offering health insurance to their workers. The 2010 Affordable Care Act...

Obamacare Enrollment Target Drops to 6 Million

February 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow About 6 million people will probably enroll in private insurance coverage through Obamacare this year, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. CBO had initially projected that 7 million people would sign up for coverage in the first year, but it rolled back those expectations "in light of technical problems" that...

Analysis: Obamacare Can't Fail

January 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The standard of success for the Affordable Care Act keeps getting weaker. Whether in enrollment numbers, federal savings, or the workings of its website, the White House has repeatedly lowered the bar for the law when it has missed expectations, replacing initial standards with ones that are lower, squishier, or...

Get Ready for the Obamacare Ad Blitz

January 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you think you've heard an awful lot about Obamacare over the past three years, you ain't seen nothing yet. This year will see a massive surge in TV advertising about the law—first from its supporters, and then from its critics. The Obama administration and its allies are set to...

Rubber Meets the Road for Obamacare

December 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Democrats have said for years that Obamacare will get more popular as people begin to see its benefits. Now we'll find out whether that's true. Many of the Affordable Care Act's most popular provisions take effect Wednesday. Beginning this week, insurers cannot use a preexisting condition as a reason to...

Obamacare Reaches Critical Enrollment Deadline

December 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Monday is a big day for Obamacare: It's the deadline to sign up for health insurance that begins Jan. 1. There are still another three months to buy coverage, but a lot of people need it on Jan. 1. It's an important deadline for people with pre-existing conditions who had...

Administration Decided on Obamacare Delay in August, Emails Reveal

December 9, 2013 Officials in the Obama administration had already decided they needed to delay new health insurance options for small businesses even as officials were testifying before Congress that the program would be ready, according to newly released internal emails. The emails, released by Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee,...

About 10 Percent of Obamacare Enrollment Files Have Errors

December 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration says it's making progress on back-end issues with HealthCare.gov, but it has only recently gotten a handle on how bad those issues are. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has clearly made a lot of progress tackling the most visible, and thus the most embarrassing, problems...

Obamacare Enrollment Is Surging

December 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Roughly 29,000 people signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov on Sunday and Monday, a source familiar with the enrollment numbers confirmed. The figures are the strongest indication yet that the HealthCare.gov repair effort is working--and that's a big piece of good news for the health care law overall. After...

Insurers Worry About Big Gaps in Obamacare Site

December 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Insurance companies are still waiting for key parts of HealthCare.gov to be built—and still having trouble with the parts that are in place. Important pieces of the Obamacare site are still glitchy, or missing altogether. And the site’s botched rollout is hardly boosting confidence in the vital components that still...