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Surprise! ObamaCare Deadline Extended One Day

You now have until tomorrow to buy

(Newser) - Because people love nothing more than shopping on Christmas Eve, the Obama administration today extended by 24 hours the deadline to sign up for a health care plan that would kick in on the first of the year, CNN Money reports. The move is such a last-minute surprise that when... Contractor's Dodgy Past Slipped By Feds

Red flags should have stopped CGI from getting ObamaCare gig

(Newser) - It turns out there were even more reasons the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shouldn't have picked the free-wheeling and allegedly shady CGI Federal to build When CGI was vetted back in 2007, it didn't have any obvious black marks on its record, the Washington ...

At 11th Hour, Obama Eases Health Care Mandate

People who lost policies can claim hardship exemption

(Newser) - In a surprise move, the Obama administration essentially lifted the individual mandate last night for anyone who saw their insurance policy cancelled thanks to the Affordable Care Act, just days before the Dec. 23 deadline to sign up for Jan. 1 coverage. These consumers will be able to apply for...

15K Health Site Users' Data Didn't Reach Insurers

Plus: Thousands hit with wrong enrollments, denials

(Newser) - The White House is releasing new data on the effectiveness of, and many of the figures aren't pretty. The Washington Post reports that the registrations of nearly 15,000 people who signed up for plans failed to arrive in insurers' inboxes, at least at first. Things have...

Sebelius Calls for Investigation

She thinks HHS needs to improve how it handles contracts

(Newser) - Many in Washington are calling for an investigation into's disastrous debut—and now, that includes the woman who was in charge of it. In a blog post today, Kathleen Sebelius announced that she has asked Health and Human Services' inspector general to look into the website's...

Working or Not, Has Ruined Everything

Matthew Yglesias reflects on the damage to the progressive cause

(Newser) - is working . Sort of . And certainly, some Democrats will take heart in that. But so what? Even if the modest fixes have saved the site and the law—as Dana Milbank argued today in the Washington Post —the problems have already done serious, lasting damage to the...

ObamaCare Site's Re-Launch Stumbles Out of the Gate

1/3 of all enrollments reportedly screwed up

(Newser) - The new and supposedly improved isn't off to a great start. The site flooded with traffic yesterday morning, slowing it to a crawl and spiking its error rate, the LA Times reports. By 10am the government had turned on a "queuing" feature, essentially putting would-be applicants...

&#39;Fixed&#39; ObamaCare Is Really &#39;Mission Accomplished&#39;
This Is Obama's 'Mission Accomplished' Moment

This Is Obama's 'Mission Accomplished' Moment

WSJ , Daily Caller compare launch to Iraq

(Newser) - We've already heard ObamaCare compared to Hurricane Katrina ; now, as the site proclaims improvements , pundits are drawing parallels to the Iraq War. In the Wall Street Journal , editors write that "the only thing missing from Sunday's relentlessly upbeat progress report was President Obama in front of a...

Many Still Can't Enroll on Health Site: Insurers

Insurers still in dark about some who've enrolled

(Newser) - Many of's well chronicled problems have reportedly been fixed , but that doesn't mean it's ready for prime time, insurers say. The site's ability to send consumer data to insurance companies remains flawed, and "until the enrollment process is working from end to end,...

Health Dept: Site's Biggest Problems Fixed

Site functional 90% of the time: White House

(Newser) - As December begins , the ObamaCare website's biggest issues have been addressed, says the White House—though smaller problems remain, the AP reports. "The bottom line: on December 1st is night and day from where it was on October 1st," says Jeffrey Zients, a White House...

How Is ObamaCare &#39;Deadline Day&#39; Going? Not Great
How Is ObamaCare 'Deadline Day' Going? Not Great

How Is ObamaCare 'Deadline Day' Going? Not Great

Seems to be off to a 'shaky start,' report says

(Newser) - Today's the day: The day the White House pledged to get working for the "vast majority" of users. So how's it going? NBC News describes it as being "off to a rocky start." The website was down for maintenance until 8am Eastern today,...

Firm Behind ObamaCare Mess Is ... Unusual

At CGI Federal, employees 'make their own jobs'

(Newser) - How did the company that built the bulk of manage to bungle it so badly? There may be some clues in the corporate ethos of CGI Federal, Newsweek finds in an extensive look at the Canadian IT pioneer that now holds hundreds of government contracts in the US...

Obama Delays Health Care Site for Small Businesses

It's the third time promised portal has been pushed back

(Newser) - The long-promised small-business portal at will be launching in November—November 2014, that is. The Obama administration had promised that the site, which was originally slated to open back in October, would launch by the end of this month, but Health and Human Services officials today confirmed for...

ObamaCare's New Enrollee: John Boehner

But House speaker blogs of his trouble signing up

(Newser) - It took a few tries, but ObamaCare has a new high-profile enrollee: John Boehner. The House speaker, however, made a point to blog about his trouble signing up yesterday after getting an error message. "Despite multiple attempts, I was unable to get past that point and sign up for...

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...

Lawmakers' ObamaCare Experience: Just Like Ours...

Only, you know, way better

(Newser) - So let's say you were a member of Congress—might you have an easier time using Lawmakers insist they'll have the same problems with enrollment as everyone else—but, uh, they're leaving out a few things, the New York Times reports. Specifically: They have access...

Consultants Red-Flagged ObamaCare —in March

Nobody was looking at big picture, McKinsey found

(Newser) - Add consulting firm McKinsey & Co. to the list of who can now say "I told you so" about the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare. A private consulting team brought in to assess the mammoth project warned back in March that the launch of could be risky—and...

White House to Help Health Insurers Bypass Website

Jay Carney: It's about the ends, not the means

(Newser) - Agreeing to another ObamaCare concession, the White House said today it is helping insurers to bypass and directly enroll customers who qualify for tax credits, the Wall Street Journal reports. "It's the end here that matters, not necessarily the means," said White House spokesman Jay...

Health Insurers Not Thrilled With Obama's Quick Fix

And some states are refusing to implement it

(Newser) - Following a meeting on President Obama's health plan fix yesterday, insurers said they'd work to maintain health exchanges and avoid cancellations—but they were frustrated. Though the president of the industry trade organization cited a "very productive" meeting, plenty of execs were annoyed that Obama hadn't...

House Health Care Bill Might Actually Tempt Dems

It would offer the push-back the president promised

(Newser) - Voting to defang ObamaCare is House Republicans' favorite hobby , but today they'll put forward a health care bill that might actually draw some votes from across the aisle. The bill would allow insurers to keep selling their current plans, even if they don't meet the Affordable Care Act'...

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