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Democrats want to move Obamacare deadlines back

Democrats want to move Obamacare deadlines back

After uniting against Republican efforts earlier this month to delay President Barack Obama’s health care law, a growing number Democrats in Congress now want to extend the enrollment deadline, and one senator wants to delay the penalty for not complying. Six Senate Democrats up for re-election next year have proposed delaying the new March 31 […]

Spying on allies leads to mistrust of America

Spying on allies leads to mistrust of America

European leaders united in anger Thursday as they attended a summit overshadowed by reports of widespread U.S. spying on its allies — allegations German Chancellor Angela Merkel said had shattered trust in the Obama administration and undermined the crucial trans-Atlantic relationship. The latest revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency swept up more than 70 […]

More healthcare.gov failures emerge at Capitol Hill hearing

More healthcare.gov failures emerge at Capitol Hill hearing

The leading contractors on the Obama administration‘s troubled health insurance website told Congress Thursday that the government failed to thoroughly test the complicated system before it went live. Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states, and QSSI, which designed the part that helps verify applicants’ income and other personal […]

Healthcare web site developers blame White House for snafus

Healthcare web site developers blame White House for snafus

The principal contractors responsible for the federal government’s trouble-plagued health insurance website say the Obama administration shares responsibility for the snags that have crippled the system. Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states, and QSSI, which designed the part that verifies applicants’ income and other personal details, are testifying […]

Suddenly-united House backs big bucks water projects bill

Suddenly-united House backs big bucks water projects bill

After weeks of intense partisan fights, the House is showing it can come together on major legislation after all. Voting on its first big bill since the end of a 16-day partial government shutdown, House Republicans and Democrats acted in near unison, voting 417-3 to pass an $8.2 billion bill that sketches out plans for […]

White House goes into damage control mode on Obamacare

White House goes into damage control mode on Obamacare

The White House sought to limit the political damage from the troubled rollout of the government’s healthcare website on Wednesday as Republicans increased the pressure to delay parts of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy. Obama administration officials held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in the House of Representatives and a private session with insurance […]

Obama healthcare rollout debacle worries House Dems

Obama healthcare rollout debacle worries House Dems

House Democrats are worried about persistent problems with the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law — and one says the president needs to “man up” and fire those responsible. Rep. Richard Nolan, Democrat of Minnesota, emerged from a Wednesday meeting with administration officials on Capitol Hill and told reporters the rollout has “damaged […]

Issa widens probe of Obamacare tech glitches

Issa widens probe of Obamacare tech glitches

The Republican chairman of a key congressional oversight committee has asked Google, Microsoft and three other U.S. companies to provide details on their possible involvement in a “tech surge” aimed at fixing a website implementing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the request […]

Is Obamacare costing Americans full-time jobs? Not really

Is Obamacare costing Americans full-time jobs? Not really

There is little evidence that employers are sacrificing full-time jobs by hiring more part-timers or reducing existing employee hours because of the costs of providing health coverage under Obamacare. Conservative Republicans have pointed to the high level of part-time employment as evidence businesses are cutting hours for staff in response to the new healthcare law, […]

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration’s showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions […]