Unfortunate symbolism for Sebelius
November 20th, 2013
03:19 PM ET
8 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
Private consulting firm warned of glitches before healthcare.gov launch
November 19th, 2013
12:27 AM ET
8 months ago

Private consulting firm warned of glitches before healthcare.gov launch

(CNN) - A newly disclosed report indicates that officials in the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services received warnings from a private consultant group that the federal online healthcare enrollment site could potentially fail to function properly for the October 1 launch date.

The analysis by McKinsey & Company was requested by the White House. It identified various problems with the exchange, including limited testing time and resources before the launch, and found that call-in centers wouldn't function properly if the website malfunctioned.
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Filed under: Healthcare • HHS • Kathleen Sebelius • Obama administration
November 15th, 2013
05:34 PM ET
9 months ago

More questions swirl around Sebelius

Washington (CNN) - The disastrous roll out of the Affordable Care Act raises a litany of questions about President Barack Obama's leadership and management ability. But it also begs for an answer to who would take the fall.

As problems mount, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-West Virginia, said Thursday that "heads should have rolled" at the White House.

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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
Sebelius' chief tech officer leaving, first major departure since website troubles
November 6th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
9 months ago

Sebelius' chief tech officer leaving, first major departure since website troubles

Washington (CNN) - The official in charge of technology at the federal agency that developed the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website is leaving the government for a private sector job, according to an internal email announcement.

The email, sent Tuesday to staff at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, announced that Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle would be retiring effective November 15.
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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius
Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"
November 2nd, 2013
05:08 PM ET
9 months ago

Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"

(CNN) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was already having a rough week when she was presented with an unwelcome gift at an event in Memphis on Friday.

After being grilled on Capitol Hill and receiving subpoenas from one congressional committee, Sebelius was wrapping up her week at an outreach event when Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey approached her with a copy of the book "Web Sites for Dummies," according to Memphis' The Daily News, which captured the moment on camera.
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Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Tennessee
October 31st, 2013
08:47 PM ET
9 months ago

GOP on insurance cancellations: "We told you so"

Washington (CNN) - The White House isn't in damage-control mode solely over a bad health care website.

As the Obama administration is trying to calm concerns across the country from Americans being dropped from their current plans, Republicans on Capitol Hill are saying, "We told you so."

In March 2010, then-Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, came to the House floor as Democrats were poised to pass Obamacare and issued a warning.

"Look at this bill," Boehner said. "Ask yourself: Do you really believe that if you like the health plan that you have, that you can keep it? No, you can't."

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House committee subpoenas Sebelius over health website woes
October 31st, 2013
11:33 AM ET
9 months ago

House committee subpoenas Sebelius over health website woes

(CNN) – The Republican-led House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as part of its effort to obtain documents and other information about the embattled HealthCare.gov website, a committee spokesman tells CNN's Lisa Desjardins.

Rep. Darrell Issa had previously requested information about the website and the online rollout of Obamacare, which has been plagued by problems. But committee aides said last week that Sebelius had failed to respond.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
October 30th, 2013
09:49 PM ET
9 months ago

Sebelius apologizes for Obamacare site

Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius gets an earful from Congress over the Obamacare website debacle – Dana Bash reports.


Filed under: Capitol Hill • Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
White House on Sebelius hearing: GOP ‘did us a favor up there’
October 30th, 2013
07:38 PM ET
9 months ago

White House on Sebelius hearing: GOP ‘did us a favor up there’

(CNN) – References to “The Wizard of Oz.” A poster of "bros" doing a keg stand. And that shout-out to "Red Solo" cups.

White House officials are all but thanking Republicans for some of the more entertaining moments from Wednesday's House hearing featuring Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

"They did us a favor up there today," one senior White House official told CNN, arguing Sebelius' performance helped, not hurt, the administration's efforts to steer the troubled Obamacare program back on track.
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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Republican Party • White House
October 30th, 2013
01:54 PM ET
9 months ago

Frustrated Sebelius to questioner: 'Whatever'

Washington (CNN) - She had been in the congressional hot seat for two and a half hours. And many Republicans had been waiting just as long to ask her questions.

When Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Mississippi, got his chance, he pounded away at Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hard enough to elicit a rare, audible sign of frustration from her.
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Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius
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