President Obama talks up the Affordable Care Act at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall on Wednesday.
October 30, 2013 A dysfunctional website is one thing. But Democrats must now also deal with how they defend President Obama's oft-repeated talking point about keeping existing coverage.
September 2010: President Obama at an event in Falls Church, Va., where he answered questions about his health care plan.
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October 30, 2013 One of the president's most famous promises — "if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan" — isn't true for everyone now that the Affordable Care Act is going into effect, say nonpartisan truth squads.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as she was sworn in prior to the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing Wednesday.
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October 30, 2013 The Health and Human Services secretary was on the hot seat at a House hearing. Her testimony followed another hearing Tuesday at which an Obama aide apologized for HealthCare.gov's troubles and was peppered with questions about Americans who have had their health insurance canceled.
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Marilyn Tavenner was the first Obama administration official to testify before Congress about the troubled launch of HealthCare.gov.
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October 29, 2013 For Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, the big question was not why isn't the HealthCare.gov website working. It was why are people being told their insurance is being cancelled when President Obama said they can keep it, no matter what. Administration officials said the new coverage will be better.
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Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, during her testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
October 29, 2013 "I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," the chief of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tells Americans. She also promises it will be fixed and running smoothly by the end of November. Republicans have their doubts.
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Health insurance that lasts less than a year may look like a deal, but there could be hidden costs.
October 29, 2013 Plans offering coverage that lasts 364 days can cost half as much as those that are in force for a year. But the savings may be illusory for people who need care for injuries or illnesses because the coverage can be skimpier.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, (who we're sure was not intentionally making the "choke" sign) and Marilyn Tavenner, head of the HHS agency that oversaw the Obamacare website project.
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October 29, 2013 The 2014 mid-term elections right now look like they could be a battle over the shutdown and Obamacare... a federal judge stopped parts of a Texas abortion law that would have decreased access to the procedure... Ohio's GOP Gov. Kasich defies his party to defend the social safety net for the poor.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., isn't letting the flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act website dampen her enthusiasm for the law.
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October 28, 2013 Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, forcefully delivered her party's message on the Affordable Care Act's website's woes in an interview on All Things Considered. One takeaway: She has little patience when she's asked if the enrollment deadline should be extended.
Gone is the smiling young woman who used to grace HealthCare.gov. Now it's time to get down to work.
October 28, 2013 After yet more problems over the weekend, HealthCare.gov, the federal site for people to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act, seems to be making incremental improvements. Probably the best news on the health care front is that premiums for Medicare will not increase next year.
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The HealthCare.gov insurance exchange site shown on Oct. 1, when it opened. Since then, it's been plagued with problems.
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October 25, 2013 The administration official put in charge of fixing the HealthCare.gov site says it will be running "smoothly" by the end of November.
Technical problems have plagued the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website.
October 24, 2013 With its problems at launch, HealthCare.gov joined a long list of botched government technology projects. States and the feds often have a hard time making big tech systems work.
October 24, 2013 Republicans are framing their central question about the troubled Affordable Care Act website this way: Are White House officials clueless or are they liars? A Democratic lawmaker, meanwhile, accuses the GOP of holding a "monkey court."
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Not all glitches are unintentional and problematic. Glitch art introduces, on purpose, digital typos that would otherwise be edited out in an image.
October 24, 2013 From the moment President Obama warned the public there might be "glitches" with HealthCare.gov, the word has taken the spotlight. So we wondered: Where did this word come from? And how has its latest resurgence in popularity shaped its meaning?
Heavy Internet traffic and system problems plagued the launch of the new HealthCare.gov insurance exchange site.
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October 23, 2013 The company has stumbled, but it's probably not fair to blame CGI for the debacle of the HealthCare.gov project. CGI may have received the biggest paycheck, but it's just one of 54 subcontractors. The real problem may be a lack of clear direction from its client, the Obama administration.
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Jeffrey Zients was tapped to help fix problems with the Obama administration's heath care website.
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October 23, 2013 Jeffrey Zients, the 46-year-old tapped to help solve the Obamacare website problems, is known as a brainy problem-solver with a talent for cutting through bureaucratic knots.
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