Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is moving to clear up confusion over when the public needs to sign up for health care to avoid a penalty. The March 31 open enrollment deadline is not changing, according to White House officials.
The administration says as long as consumers buy health insurance by March 31, they will avoid the penalty.
(CNN) - Even though polls show House Republicans got much of the blame for the government shutdown triggered by the fight over Obamacare, there are no signs they are giving up on that fight.
With fresh data and the acknowledgment from President Barack Obama that the web portal to enroll in new health care plans isn't working, Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders told House Republicans on Wednesday the website's bumpy rollout gives them an opening to seize public attention.FULL STORY
Howard Dean says the delays with Obamacare could cause the mandates and deadlines to change.
Updated 8:11 p.m. ET, 10/23/2013
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to urge Congress on Thursday to take back up comprehensive immigration reform.
The White House says that Obama will make the announcement on Thursday (at 10:35 a.m.) The statement will be delivered in the White House East Room.
(CNN) - The nation's top health insurers were well aware of the technical problems plaguing the application process on the Obamacare website prior to its October 1 launch, an industry insider told CNN.
"Yes. Of course we did," the source said in an e-mail. FULL POST
(CNN) - The White House Wednesday denied an accusation from a top Democratic Senator that a House Republican leader told President Barack Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during a recent White House meeting on the government shutdown.
“I looked into it and spoke with somebody who was in the meeting and it did not happen,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in response to a question about the charge, which Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, posted online three days ago.
(CNN) - Navigating the political waters in her own family, says one ally, likely prepared Kathleen Sebelius well for the partisan cauldron she's now enduring in Washington over the rocky rollout of the Obamacare website.
The embattled Health and Human Services Secretary was the daughter of a Democratic governor of Ohio, then became the daughter-in-law of a Republican Congressman from Kansas. Her husband is a federal magistrate.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Contractors who helped develop the embattled Obamacare website blame each other and the government, but not themselves, in testimony prepared for Thursday's first congressional hearing on the problems engulfing the online enrollment system.
House Energy and Commerce Committee members will grill officials from CGI Federal, Optum/QSSI, Equifax Workforce Solutions and Serco at the hearing to examine technological snafus faced by people trying to obtain health insurance under President Barack Obama's signature reforms.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - After years of characterizing the insurance industry as the bad guys in the health reform debate, the White House on Wednesday invited insurance company executives in to deliver a clear message: we need your help.
At a session led by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, insurance executives gave the administration “a picture of what’s going on on the ground” and offered to help fix the problems.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 23, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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IS THE U.S. LISTENING? Germany has information that the United States might have monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Wednesday. “We have immediately sent a question to our American partners and have asked for immediate and wide-ranging clarification," he said. “This would be a grave breach of trust. Such practices have to stop immediately.”
AWKWARD: President Barack Obama told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call Wednesday that the United States "is not monitoring and will not monitor" her communications, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.