Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Another holiday, another Obamacare delay

Another holiday, another Obamacare delay

As Obamacare turns more and more into the health care “reform” that isn’t, the administration today announced a one year delay for online enrollment for small businesses trying to purchase health insurance through federal exchanges. The delay is considered yet another high-profile setback for the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov web site. For President Obama it means another […]

Contractor hired without bids for HealthCare.gov web site

Contractor hired without bids for HealthCare.gov web site

Caught flat-footed by the challenges of building the financial-management and accounting parts of the U.S. government’s new online marketplace for health insurance, officials rushed to hire a familiar contractor without seeking competing bids, according to government procurement documents reviewed by Reuters. The documents dated in August – less than two months before the opening of […]

Obama, amid record disapproval, claims economic surge

Obama, amid record disapproval, claims economic surge

Barack Obama, amid the lowest poll numbers of his presidency and a barrage of bad headlines, accentuated the positive on Saturday, telling Americans that the US economy is headed “in the right direction.” “Over the past couple months, most of the political headlines you’ve read have probably been about the government shutdown and the launch […]

Can new round of fixes save Obamacare’s web site?

Can new round of fixes save Obamacare’s web site?

The Obama administration announced a flurry of fixes to its troubled HealthCare.gov website on Friday that officials said would soon double its current capacity, a crucial step toward getting the system working by a November 30 deadline. It also pushed back a deadline for people to enroll in insurance plans for 2014 under President Barack […]

Finally, some good news on Obamacare’s web site?

Finally, some good news on Obamacare’s web site?

There won’t be a magic moment, but the Obama administration‘s much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers, officials asserted Friday. A combination of software fixes, design changes, added hardware and newly announced wiggle room should provide the right combination to finally deliver a workable website, White House […]

White House to Dems: ‘Focus on economy, not healthcare’

White House to Dems: ‘Focus on economy, not healthcare’

Eager to draw contrasts with Republicans, the White House is pushing its economic agenda as it attempts to give Democrats something to talk about other than the troubled health care rollout. The White House is deploying Vice President Joe Biden and Cabinet members across the country, drawing attention to improvements in the still sluggish economic […]

Playing the healthcare lottery in Virginia

Playing the healthcare lottery in Virginia

Mossamat Jhumu is tickled pink, as she has just won the lottery in Virginia. However, the prize is not money or merchandise but free health care. On a cold November morning, this 39-year-old woman of Bangladeshi origin was among 100 people waiting patiently outside the sleek, modern Arlington Free Clinic in the Washington suburbs. Jhumu, […]

Oregon health exchange doesn’t work, has no subscribers

Oregon health exchange doesn’t work, has no subscribers

Oregon, a state that fully embraced the Affordable Care Act, is enduring one of the rockiest rollouts of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, with an inoperative online exchange that has yet to enroll a single subscriber, requiring thousands to apply on paper instead. Unlike most other states, Oregon set an ambitious course to make […]

Cyber experts: ‘Shut down insecure Obamacare web site now’

Cyber experts: ‘Shut down insecure Obamacare web site now’

President Barack Obama’s HealthCare.gov site is riddled with security flaws that put user data of millions of people at risk and it should be shut down until fixed, several technology experts warned lawmakers on Tuesday. The testimony at a congressional hearing could increase concerns among many Americans about Obama’s healthcare overhaul, popularly known as Obamacare. […]