Kathleen Sebelius

Sebelius: Obamacare’s launch timeline ‘flat out wrong’

Sebelius: Obamacare’s launch timeline ‘flat out wrong’

The Obama administration’s timeline for having ready the new health care law’s online sign-up system “was just flat out wrong,” outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday. The departing health chief also said the two months when healthcare.gov was plagued with technical problems were “a pretty dismal […]

Official who oversaw troubled Obamacare rollout retiring

Official who oversaw troubled Obamacare rollout retiring

Health official Michelle Snyder, who oversaw the building of the troubled Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, is retiring from her job as chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS chief Marilyn Tavenner announced Snyder’s departure to senior staff last week in a statement viewed by Reuters on Monday. The statement said […]

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Obama concentrates on year’s ups, not downs

Has the fifth year of his presidency been its worst? President Barack Obama laughs off such questions even as he acknowledges many months of frustrating ups and down. “That’s not how I think about it,” Obama told reporters during his annual end-of-the year news conference. Instead of brooding about tumbling approval ratings, the disastrous rollout […]

Mounting woes for problem-plagued Obamacare debacle

Mounting woes for problem-plagued Obamacare debacle

A tiny fraction of the hoped-for millions have signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the government said on Wednesday, highlighting the scale of problems bedeviling Obama’s biggest domestic policy achievement. The law also confronted its most threatening legislative challenge since enactment in 2010, with Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley agreeing to […]

Hundreds of fixes needed for health care website

Hundreds of fixes needed for health care website

Prodded to be more candid with Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday the administration’s flawed health care website needed a couple of hundred fixes when it went online more than a month ago and conceded, “we’re not there yet” in making all needed repairs. At the same time, she turned aside […]

GOP Senator wants ‘pause’ in implementing Obamacare

GOP Senator wants ‘pause’ in implementing Obamacare

Sensing an opportune time, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is asking for a pause in the Obamacare rollout as anxiety grows about troubles with the federal website for buying insurance and possibly low numbers of people signing up for coverage. “I’m calling on the president now to say, ‘Let’s have a time-out on this.’ Mr. President, […]

Only 248 signed up for Obamacare in first two days

Only 248 signed up for Obamacare in first two days

Enrollment in health insurance plans on the troubled Obamacare website was very small in the first couple of days of operation, with just 248 Americans signing up, according to documents released on Thursday by a U.S. House of Representatives committee. The Obama administration has said it cannot provide enrollment figures from HealthCare.gov because it doesn’t […]

Uncle Sam: Internet adept and inept at the same time

Uncle Sam: Internet adept and inept at the same time

When it comes to computers, the Obama administration appears simultaneously to be a bungling amateur and a stealthy wizard. The same government that reportedly intercepted the communications of America’s leading consumer technology firms, Google and Yahoo, without leaving a trace is scorned because it can’t build a working federal website for health insurance. In a […]