Anti-Obamacare group launching new series of ads on members of Congress
October 23rd, 2013
04:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Anti-Obamacare group launching new series of ads on members of Congress

(CNN) - Leading conservative group Americans for Prosperity says it's coming out with a series of ads applauding the members of Congress who stood against Obamacare while blasting those who supported the health care law.

AFP announced the ads in a release Wednesday promising three weeks of web, TV and radio coverage across parts of Florida, Arizona, California, and Colorado, as well as phone banks and door-to-door canvassing across the target districts.
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Filed under: Congress • Health care
WH web video makes HealthCare.gov issues seem simple
October 23rd, 2013
04:21 PM ET
1 year ago

WH web video makes HealthCare.gov issues seem simple

(CNN) - If you watch a new web video released by the White House called "We Got Covered," you might think the technical issues on HealthCare.gov are nothing but simple, easily overcome glitches.

The video features three people who signed up for Obamacare or registered for online accounts this month. They also stood behind the president Monday with nine others as he sternly warned there's "no sugarcoating" the rocky rollout of the federal website.
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Filed under: Health care
Obama officials meet with insurance CEOs
October 23rd, 2013
02:38 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama officials meet with insurance CEOs

Washington (CNNMoney) - As technical issues continue to plague the sign-up for Obamacare, several major health insurer CEOs headed to Washington to talk to White House officials Wednesday.

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Wellpoint CEO Joseph R. Swedish and Humana Inc. CEO Bruce Broussard attended the meeting, White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed.

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Filed under: Health care • President Obama
October 23rd, 2013
02:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Sebelius' Obamacare damage control fuels critics' fire

Washington (CNN) - Kathleen Sebelius did little to alleviate concerns about Obamacare even after she took to the airwaves on Tuesday in her first public explanation of the health insurance program's website woes.

Instead, in an exclusive interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the multitude of problems the enrollment website has experienced, the Health and Human Services secretary stoked more opposition.

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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius
Pelosi pushes back on extending health care enrollment
October 23rd, 2013
01:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Pelosi pushes back on extending health care enrollment

Washington (CNN) - The top Democrat in the House is pushing back against calls to extend open enrollment in the new health care exchanges because of the massive technical problems plaguing HealthCare.gov.

"I don't support that," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday morning, just hours after Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire appeared to be the first Democrat in Congress to join a growing number of her Republican colleagues in suggesting the deadline be pushed back.

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Filed under: Health care • Jeanne Shaheen • John Dingell • Nancy Pelosi
Sebelius on the spot in Obamacare website fiasco
October 23rd, 2013
12:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Sebelius on the spot in Obamacare website fiasco

Washington (CNN) - Call it the Obamacare website fiasco, with the focus Wednesday on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after she told CNN that President Barack Obama knew nothing of the problem before it became evident starting on October 1.

Sebelius heads to the White House for an afternoon meeting with insurance industry executives, then leaves town to participate with other officials in what the administration calls a "grassroots effort" to boost enrollment in Obama's signature health care reform system.

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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius
October 23rd, 2013
09:03 AM ET
1 year ago

Huntsman: WH was 'impervious' in Obamacare rollout

(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said Wednesday the Obama administration should have taken more time to roll out the Affordable Care Act, and argued the issue is about more than just Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who some want to resign.

"This is about technology. It's about the health care marketplace," the 2012 Republican presidential candidate said on CNN's "New Day." "It's about a White House that, I think, was impervious to good, common-sense reasoning at the beginning when there were a lot of voices that said 'Give it time, make sure we roll it out piece-by-piece and identify the soft spots.' And we can address some of the vulnerabilities, and then we're going to be better off in the longer term."


Filed under: Health care • Jon Huntsman
Administration to kick off effort to encourage enrollment
October 23rd, 2013
08:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Administration to kick off effort to encourage enrollment

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration is going to kick off what it calls "a grassroots effort" to encourage more enrollment by the uninsured in the new health care exchanges, an administration official confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

"We are planning to deploy White House officials and Cabinet Secretaries to the 10 cities across the country with the highest rates of uninsured Americans to do enrollment events and other grassroots activities. These cities and metropolitan areas include Dallas; Houston; Miami; Atlanta; Phoenix/Tucson; North Jersey; Tampa; Orlando; Detroit and San Antonio," the official said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is among those who will be traveling. She will visit Phoenix, Arizona, and Austin and San Antonio, Texas, later this week, a second official told CNN.

Poll: McAuliffe maintains advantage in Virginia gubernatorial race
(L) Terry McAuliffe (R) Ken Cuccinelli
October 23rd, 2013
08:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: McAuliffe maintains advantage in Virginia gubernatorial race

Washington (CNN) – The Republican and Democratic candidates vying to become Virginia's next governor both addressed the recent government shutdown on the campaign trail, but a new poll indicates the issue had little to no impact on the race.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, less than two weeks before Election day, shows Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe with a 46%-39% advantage over Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli, with Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis hitting the double digits at 10%.
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Filed under: 2013 • Ken Cuccinelli • Polls • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
To fix Obamacare website, blow it up, start over
October 23rd, 2013
07:26 AM ET
1 year ago

To fix Obamacare website, blow it up, start over

New York (CNNMoney) - Experts say the major problems with the Obamacare website can't reasonably be solved before the end of 2013, and the best fix would be to start over from scratch.

After assessing the website, Dave Kennedy, the CEO of information-security company Trusted Sec, estimates that about 20% of Healthcare.gov needs to be rewritten. With a whopping 500 million lines of code, according to a recent New York Times report, Kennedy believes fixing the site would probably take six months to a year.

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Filed under: Health care
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