Is it really 'illegal' for Sebelius to buy Obamacare?
October 30th, 2013
01:12 PM ET
9 months ago

Is it really 'illegal' for Sebelius to buy Obamacare?

Updated 10/30/2013 at 3:45 p.m.

Washington (CNN) - During Wednesday's congressional grilling of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, demanded to know why Sebelius wasn't on the Obamacare exchanges.

Sebelius pointed out that she couldn’t get Obamacare because she has employer-sponsored insurance and the law does not allow her to.

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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius
October 30th, 2013
09:05 AM ET
9 months ago

Highlights: Sebelius on the hot seat

Washington (CNN) - They want her fired and the health care reforms she champions dismantled, Wednesday Republicans got their chance to question Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the rocky rollout of the Obamacare website, as she testified before a House Energy and Commerce Committee.

12:36 p.m. ET: The hearing ends
Hearing length: 3 hours 33 minutes.
Members of Congress who asked questions: 51.
When Sebelius apologized for the HealthCare.gov problems: a few minutes into the hearing, during her opening statement.
Number of members who referenced the Wizard of Oz: Three. (Sebelius is from Kansas.)

Most frequent topics:
– – The President’s past assertion that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” and news that after 2010 some plans have been cancelled.
– – Whether the individual mandate should be delayed given the website problems and the delay in the employer mandate.
– – Who is to blame for: a) the lack of adequate testing (Answer: no one specific was named), b) the decision to make individuals register before they could browse plans (Answer: Michelle Snyder of CMS) c) the decision to launch the website when it wasn’t ready (Answer: Sebelius said she told the president the site was ready, based on staff guidance. She stressed that no one predicted the avalanche of problems that happened)
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Filed under: Congress • Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
Four questions facing Sebelius
October 30th, 2013
02:25 AM ET
9 months ago

Four questions facing Sebelius

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to be grilled Wednesday when she becomes the highest-ranking official to testify about the problems plaguing the HealthCare.gov website as well as questions surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Here are four of the questions she is likely to have to answer.
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Filed under: Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
GOP aide: Sebelius did not respond to new deadline to deliver HeathCare.gov documents
October 28th, 2013
10:51 PM ET
9 months ago

GOP aide: Sebelius did not respond to new deadline to deliver HeathCare.gov documents

Washington (CNN) - A House Republican aide told CNN Monday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius missed an extended deadline set by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to respond to its request for documents and information about the HealthCare.gov website. That could trigger a congressional subpoena from Republicans.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, first issued the request in a letter on October 10, setting an initial deadline of October 24. He extended the deadline to Monday at the close of business after receiving no response the first time. Issa indicated he would consider issuing a subpoena if Sebelius missed the second deadline.
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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Healthcare • HHS • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
Why Sebelius will keep her job for now
October 28th, 2013
08:09 PM ET
9 months ago

Why Sebelius will keep her job for now

Washington (CNN) – Challenges continue to mount for Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Public criticism persists as she prepares to testify on Wednesday before a Congressional committee heatedly demanding answers about ongoing problems with the Obama administration's health care enrollment website.

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Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
October 27th, 2013
10:57 PM ET
9 months ago

HealthCare.gov homepage gets makeover

Washington (CNN) - An image of a young woman who became known as the "Obamacare girl" is no longer on the homepage of the federal government's health care site.

In the process of changing the homepage of HealthCare.gov to highlight the different enrollment options now being offered, the image of the woman, who has become a symbol of the online federal exchange, was set aside, said an official with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, or CMS.

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Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • President Obama
GOP senator: Sebelius the 'laughingstock of America'
October 27th, 2013
02:21 PM ET
9 months ago

GOP senator: Sebelius the 'laughingstock of America'

Washington (CNN) - It appears Republican Sen. John Barrasso is a loyal viewer of "Saturday Night Live."

The Wyoming Republican referred to the NBC comedy staple as he called Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the "laughingstock of America" on Sunday morning, a day after the show parodied the glitch-fraught launch of the online federal health care exchange.

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Obama to talk Obamacare on Wednesday in Boston
October 27th, 2013
11:14 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama to talk Obamacare on Wednesday in Boston

Washington (CNN) - On the same day Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to testify on Capitol Hill about the Obamacare website problems, President Barack Obama will travel to Boston to talk about the importance of the law, a White House official confirmed to CNN on Sunday.

The event is scheduled for the historic Faneuil Hall, where then-Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006 signed the Massachusetts health care reform into law.

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October 27th, 2013
10:21 AM ET
9 months ago

Rogers: HealthCare.gov isn't secure

Washington (CNN) - The Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that problems with the Obamacare website might leave its potential consumers at risk of identity theft and other cyber crimes. The website, which is supposed to service enrollees in President Barack Obama's signature health care program, came under fire in congressional hearings last week.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, told Candy Crowley that HealthCare.gov is vulnerable to cyberattacks and that the contractors charged with building the website's infrastructure may need to do a complete overhaul.

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Filed under: cybersecurity • Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Mike Rogers
The hidden truth behind early Obamacare numbers: It's not what it seems
October 26th, 2013
10:47 AM ET
9 months ago

The hidden truth behind early Obamacare numbers: It's not what it seems

Washington (CNN) – The White House has been tight-lipped about how many uninsured Americans have signed up for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which has led to some concerns about whether enough people are enrolling in private health plans to make the economic model work.

Under the law, insurance companies are required to cover anyone. But in order to make that economically feasible, everyone has to buy insurance.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Kathleen Sebelius
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