Now who's having trouble with health care signup? Ask Congress
December 6th, 2013
09:44 PM ET
5 months ago

Now who's having trouble with health care signup? Ask Congress

Updated 2:02 pm ET, 12/7/2013

Washington (CNN) - Congress itself is now having so much trouble signing up for the Obamacare exchanges that late Friday the top administrator in the House of Representatives laid out a backup plan in case lawmakers and staff can't get through the process by the time their enrollment ends Monday.

The red flags started reaching critical mass Thursday and Friday, when some staff and members of Congress told House administrators they were having trouble enrolling through the Washington health exchange, known as DC Health Link. The D.C. exchange is the official signup portal for Congress, where members must go to get health care through their job.

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Filed under: Capitol Hill • Congress • Healthcare
Obamacare or Affordable Care Act: Wording matters in health care debate
December 4th, 2013
06:46 PM ET
5 months ago

Obamacare or Affordable Care Act: Wording matters in health care debate

Update 8:14 p.m., 12/4/2013

(CNN) – Obamacare is back, at least in how President Barack Obama refers to his signature health care reforms.

Following the botched October 1 launch of the HealthCare.gov website for the reforms, the Obama administration appeared to steer clear of the nickname Obamacare originally given by hostile Republicans and later adopted by the President.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Jay Carney • Obamacare • President Obama • White House
Obama to talk Obamacare with young Americans
December 4th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama to talk Obamacare with young Americans

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday gets the chance to address younger Americans, a key demographic for the success of the health care exchanges set up under his signature reforms.

In remarks at a White House Youth Summit, Obama was expected to tout the benefits of the 2010 Affordable Care Act for young people, who often don't think they need health insurance.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obamacare • President Obama
Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress
December 1st, 2013
03:08 PM ET
5 months ago

Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress

Washington (CNN) - News that the Obama administration met critical repair goals for HealthCare.gov brought almost no applause from Capitol Hill Sunday, with just a few members of Congress responding to the website progress report at all.

Of those who responded, most either indicated that they expect more issues or that they saw the website as the beginning of Obamacare's problems.

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The Obamacare question: Can the website handle the volume?
November 28th, 2013
02:39 PM ET
5 months ago

The Obamacare question: Can the website handle the volume?

Washington (CNN) - A moment of truth approaches for President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms with Saturday's self-imposed deadline to get the website to work properly for most users.

Obama and officials in charge of HealthCare.gov say the "vast majority" of people who go to the website to sign up at the end of the month will have a much improved experience than the crashes, error messages and delays users faced when it launched October 1.

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Filed under: Healthcare • HHS • Obamacare
Weekly addresses: GOP sticks to health care, Obama pivots to the economy
November 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
5 months ago

Weekly addresses: GOP sticks to health care, Obama pivots to the economy

(CNN) – While Republicans continued on the anti-Obamacare offensive, President Barack Obama largely pivoted away from the troubled rollout of Healthcare.gov, instead focusing his address on the economy.

Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess, a physician and vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called the Affordable Care Act a "train wreck for doctors, a train wreck for patients, and most importantly, it's a train wreck for the American people."
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Filed under: Healthcare • House Republicans • Obamacare • President Obama
November 22nd, 2013
07:11 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN analysis: No Obamacare subsidy for some low-income Americans

Washington (CNN) - One of the basic tenets of Obamacare is that the government will help lower-income Americans - anyone making less than about $45,900 a year - pay for the health insurance everyone is now mandated to have.

But a CNN analysis shows that in the largest city in nearly every state, many low-income younger Americans won't get any subsidy at all. Administration officials said the reason so many Americans won't receive a subsidy is that the cost of insurance is lower than the government initially expected. Subsidies are calculated using a complicated formula based on the cost of insurance premiums, which can vary drastically from state to state, and even county to county.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obamacare
Canceled insurance? Another insurance letter coming soon
November 21st, 2013
05:12 PM ET
5 months ago

Canceled insurance? Another insurance letter coming soon

(CNN) - The Obama administration released three sample letters on Thursday detailing what information insurance companies must provide consumers if they intend to renew health plans originally scheduled for cancellation.

The release comes a week after President Barack Obama announced a proposed fix that would allow some Americans facing cancellations to keep their current health insurance plans. The President's proposal requires that companies choosing to renew plans also provide their customers with certain information.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Obama administration • Obamacare • President Obama
Seven states reject Obama insurance proposal
November 20th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
5 months ago

Seven states reject Obama insurance proposal

(CNN) - If you like your health insurance plan, you might still be out of luck.

At least if you live in one of the seven states that have rejected the President Barack Obama's proposal to allow health insurance companies to renew plans not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
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Filed under: Andrew Cuomo • Healthcare • Indiana • Massachusetts • Minnesota • Obamacare • President Obama • Rhode Island • Vermont • Washington State
Unfortunate symbolism for Sebelius
November 20th, 2013
03:19 PM ET
5 months ago

Unfortunate symbolism for Sebelius

(CNN) - Talk about bad timing.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius paid a visit Tuesday to community health center in Florida where a group of navigators were helping local consumers sign up for health insurance through the federal exchange website - HealthCare.gov.

As she stopped to talk to one of the enrollees, the website temporarily crashed.
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Filed under: Florida • Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
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