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Dueling Courts Gut, Uphold ObamaCare Subsidies

One appeals court issues 'crippling blow' as another helps it hours later

(Newser) - It's a seesaw day for ObamaCare: One federal appeals court delivered what was seen as potentially devastating news to the health care law today, but hours later a second appeals court came to the opposite conclusion. Both decisions revolve around subsidies for people who signed up for ObamaCare on... More »

2 States Stop Paying Builder of Bungled Health Care Sites

Vermont is asking for a refund, and Massachusetts is considering it

(Newser) - The federal health care exchange isn't the only one that CGI Federal screwed up. The much-maligned contractor also built seven exchanges for individual states, and now two of those states—Massachusetts and Vermont—have stopped payment, with Vermont even requesting a refund, thanks to the company's failure to... More »

0: Number Enrolled in Oregon Insurance Exchange

The ObamaCare rollout is not going well in this state

(Newser) - Here's how an Oregon state representative describes the ObamaCare rollout in the Beaver State: "It is such an epic failure, literally it's mind-boggling." Of course, Jason Conger is a Republican, but there's no arguing with the facts: No one has enrolled in the state's... More »

Obama Pushes Back 2015 Health Care Enrollment

Until after the midterm elections, coincidentally

(Newser) - The Obama administration plans to push back the start of next year's ObamaCare enrollment period by a month, from Oct. 15, 2014 to Nov. 15—which would just happen to push it to after the midterm elections, Bloomberg reports. The idea, ostensibly, is to give insurers more time to... More »

ObamaCare Oops: Dog Gets Insurance

It was a Colorado health insurance exchange mix-up

(Newser) - A more hilarious and less serious entry on the long list of ObamaCare oopses: A Colorado man says his attempt to sign up for new insurance ended with the receipt of a letter confirming that ... his 14-year-old Yorkie was insured. The culprit, in this instance, was not but... More »

To Cut Costs, ObamaCare Plans Drop Top Docs, Hospitals

It looks like you might not be able to keep your doctor, either

(Newser) - If you have a health care provider you really like, look very carefully at any plan you buy on To keep costs down—a top Obama administration priority—insurers on the government's health care exchange are offering smaller networks that cut out the country's most prestigious... More »

Health Exchanges Pretty Lousy for Rural Customers

Competition is low, and prices are high

(Newser) - ObamaCare's technical difficulties are well-documented—the House is dragging four contractors in to talk about them today—but it has one problem no web developer can solve: It's pretty lousy in rural areas. The theory behind the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplace is that forcing insurers... More »

Why Jon Stewart Is a Big Problem for ObamaCare

Left-wing darling might turn vital young people against the service: Chris Cillizza

(Newser) - ObamaCare's most dangerous critic right now "isn't John Boehner or Mitch McConnell or even Ted Cruz. It's Jon Stewart," argues Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post . Stewart dedicated three full segments on Monday night's show to mocking ObamaCare's ugly web debut, and put... More »

ObamaCare Site Has Reported Spouses as Kids

Insurers report getting botched data from much-maligned website

(Newser) - The ObamaCare website hasn't just been plagued by traffic problems and design flaws ; it has also collected inaccurate or incomplete data on a number of people who have managed to enroll, insurance companies tell the Wall Street Journal . Among the mistakes: Some spouses were reported as children, many people... More »

Hackers May Be Behind NY's ObamaCare Glitch

Numbers don't add up, New York officials say

(Newser) - ObamaCare's online insurance markets were famously glitchy on launch day, but that might not all have been the result of shoddy tech work. In New York, computer security experts suspect that the state's exchange was targeted by hackers in a DDoS attack, the New York Post reports. The... More »

Shutdown a Lifesaver for Buggy ObamaCare Tech

Matthew Yglesias thinks the GOP gave the White House a gift

(Newser) - The Obama administration shrugged off yesterday's reports of rampant bugs in its new health care exchanges as normal software growing pains, and evidence of the market's popularity . "Those were both decent pieces of spin, but they really are just spin," writes Matthew Yglesias at Slate . "... More »

Millions Flock to (Glitchy) ObamaCare Website

But it's not clear how many actually gained coverage

(Newser) - The large number of technical glitches experienced as ObamaCare health insurance exchanges opened in every state yesterday were the result of popularity, according to administration officials. With 2.8 million visitors to the federal website by yesterday afternoon, "we're off to a good start," said the chief... More »

Rand Paul: Put John Roberts on His Precious ObamaCare

Senate firebrand proposes constitutional amendment

(Newser) - Looks like Rand Paul hasn't forgiven John Roberts for declaring ObamaCare constitutional. The Kentucky senator says he's pushing a constitutional amendment stating that no federal employees would get special exemptions from laws—which, he tells the Daily Caller , would kick government employees off their taxpayer-subsidized health plans, and... More »

Walgreen Moving Employees to Health Insurance Exchange

Will be called the 'Living Well Benefits Store'

(Newser) - Drugstore giant Walgreen is joining IBM and a growing number of other companies sending their employees shopping for health insurance on a private health insurance exchange. Walgreen, the parent company of eponymous drug store chain Walgreens, will continue to pay the same contribution it always has, but some 120,000... More »

ObamaCare Hits New Snag

Signing of agreements with insurers pushed back

(Newser) - Another ObamaCare delay . This time, the date insurance companies will sign their final agreements for the insurance exchanges has been pushed back from early to mid-September, industry sources tell Reuters . What caused the delays isn't clear, but a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says... More »

Key Part of ObamaCare May Not be Ready in Time

Insurance exchange website misses deadline, may not be secure

(Newser) - Don't hold your breath to start buying health insurance at the federal health exchange in October: it may not be ready in time. The contractor charged with developing security for the Health Insurance Marketplace website has missed its deadline to prove the system is secure, according to a new... More »

ObamaCare Blowing Deadlines

Small-business exchanges are especially behind: GAO report

(Newser) - The dog appears to have eaten the Affordable Care Act's homework. It's looking increasingly unlikely that federal and state health officials will be able to set up the new health insurance exchanges—arguably the centerpieces of ObamaCare—in time for their scheduled October debut, the Wall Street Journal... More »

The Next Big ObamaCare Brouhaha: Subsidies

'Drafting error' could mean no subsidies for federal insurance exchanges

(Newser) - Just because the Supreme Court said that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional , don't expect the legal challenges to President Obama's health care law to dissipate anytime soon, reports the New York Times . One of the next big battles is brewing over who will get access to subsidies... More »

Florida Nixes 2 ObamaCare Features

Gov. Rick Scott says state can't foot the bill

(Newser) - And then there were three: Florida will join Wisconsin and Louisiana in refusing to implement two features of the Affordable Care Act, said Gov. Rick Scott yesterday, stating that Florida does not have the money to expand Medicaid or to create a private insurance exchange, reports Reuters . The Medicaid expansion... More »

Many States Lag in Embracing Obamacare

States have chance to organize their own 'exchanges'

(Newser) - Obamacare needs more than the Supreme Court's approval this summer. It also requires states to organize "exchanges" where people can buy health insurance—but 75% of uninsured Americans live in states that are yet to get cracking, the AP reports. Some states, like Florida and Louisiana, have flat-out... More »

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