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How Will We Know the Obamacare Site Is Fixed?

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the administration's deadline to fix the Obamacare website less than a week away, one question is bound to weigh heavily on the debate over the system: How well does it have to operate to be considered "fixed"? The truth is, the system is getting stronger as it recovers from...

White House Extends Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

November 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration pushed back another Obamacare deadline Friday, giving consumers an extra week to sign up for coverage that begins on Jan. 1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Friday that the sign-up date for coverage to begin Jan. 1 will be moved from Dec. 15 to...

I Lost My Seat in Congress, and All I Got Was This Broken Website

November 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Vulnerable House Democrats back in 2009 knew that they were risking their political careers by casting votes for the Affordable Care Act. And more than 60 of them--including some who didn't even vote for the bill--lost their seats the following year. So there's an extra psychological twinge for those forced...

Low Enrollment Figures Spotlight Obamacare Problems

November 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Roughly 100,000 people enrolled in health insurance through Obamacare last month—far short of the administration’s goal. The much-anticipated statistic was not surprising, but it does help shape a clearer assessment of President Obama’s signature program. The enrollment numbers the Health and Human Services Department released Wednesday were, as expected, dismal....

It’s Official: Obamacare Enrollment Is Super Low

November 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Health and Human Services Department said 106,185 people have successfully applied for and chosen private insurance through the health care law's new marketplaces. That total is only about 20 percent of the administration's initial enrollment target for October, the first month in which consumers were able to sign up...

There Are More Than 100 Errors in the Obamacare Regulations

November 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow From innocuous typos to substantive misstatements of policy, the Obama administration has had to correct more than 100 errors in the regulations used to implement its signature health care law. One regulation said certain delays were “reasonable,” when it meant “unreasonable.” Another implied that health care “navigators” would have to...

Why Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Don't Really Matter

November 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s one small problem with the Obamacare enrollment figures the Obama administration is under so much pressure to release: They’re nearly useless. Lawmakers, reporters, and outside stakeholders have been beating down the doors at the Health and Human Services Department to find out how many people have signed up for...

Obamacare 'Tech Surge' Draws From Google, Oracle

November 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Technology experts from Google and Oracle are part of the "tech surge" the Obama administration has enlisted to help fix the Obamacare enrollment site. Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday that it has brought in "dozens" of outside experts to help repair HealthCare.gov. It's the...

Why Delaying Obamacare Has Insurers Freaking Out

October 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The health insurance industry already had plenty to freak out about with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Simply complying with the law is a massive undertaking, never mind the terrible HealthCare.gov debut. But the botched rollout has produced a new source of anxiety for insurers: the growing bipartisan...

Sebelius: Blame Contractors For Obamacare Site

October 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A week after the contractors who built HealthCare.gov blamed the Obama administration for the site's failures, the administration is shifting the blame right back. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will tell a House committee tomorrow the site's botched rollout was the result of contractors failing to live up...