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  • Is Obamacare cheap or pricey? The verdicts are in

    Despite the technical glitches that have plagued the rollout this week, some consumers were able to see or even sign up for the policies being offered on the state-based exchanges for 2014. Some had been uninsured and were looking for coverage. Others were hoping to switch from expensive plans on the individual market.

    Bryan Tackett, 33, was amazed at the choice of policies on the Washington, D.C., exchange. A contractor at a government relations firm, Tackett has been paying just under $400 a month for a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan with "not terrible, not great" coverage and a $1,500 deductible. But he enrolled in a gold Kaiser Permanente plan on the exchange that has no deductible and "good" co-pays. It includes dental benefits and an annual eye exam -- all for about $270 a month.

    More: http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/04/news....html?iid=Lead
    Last edited by Newsman; 10-30-2013, 11:45 AM.

  • #2
    Why Obamacare isn’t ‘settled’

    Gerard Magliocca is a professor of constitutional law at Indiana University. His latest book is “American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment.”


    The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, signed by President Obama, upheld by the Supreme Court and reconfirmed by the president’s reelection. Many of its provisions have gone into effect. As Democrats have taken to saying, it is the law of the land.

    More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinio...35e_story.html

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    • #3
      Congressional fight over Obamacare turns to website woes


      (CNN) -- The deal ending the shutdown may not have put a dent in Obamacare, but the battle over implementing the health coverage law is not over.

      One venue that Republicans are turning to for leverage, starting next week: oversight hearings, beginning with some tough questions about why the rollout of the website for enrolling in health care exchanges is having so many problems.



      More: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/17/politi...html?hpt=hp_c2

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      • #4
        5 things that have happened since Obamacare launched

        (CNN) -- Obamacare has survived a Supreme Court appeal, a government shutdown and ongoing challenges by opposing politicians. With few exceptions, every American must have health insurance by March 31 or pay a penalty fee.

        That's right: The marketplaces that are central to the Affordable Care Act -- also known as Obamacare -- launched on October 1, despite the shutdown showdown and the much-anticipated premiere of "The Walking Dead." The government has since reopened, and Obamacare is still the law.

        For most people, Obamacare won't make a direct impact. People who have health insurance through their employer, or through Medicare or Medicaid, can continue to get it that way.


        More: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/19/health...html?hpt=hp_t1

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        • #5
          ObamaCare site glitches run risk of turning off millenials


          The prolonged glitches with the ObamaCare website are frustrating many of the president’s most high-valued customers -- the young, tech-savvy generation that helped him win two terms and whose participation is critical to the success of the health care exchanges.

          “You see this situation especially with college students,” Michael Cipriano, a student at American University told FoxNews.com on Friday. “They get frustrated, which creates a disincentive to sign up."


          More: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013...ff-millenials/

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          • #6
            Despite budget win, Obama has weak hand with Congress

            (Reuters) - Despite his win last week in a debt ceiling standoff with Republicans, President Barack Obama has limited ability to achieve his policy goals through legislation, which could result in increased use of executive powers, administration officials and Democratic strategists said.

            The 16-day partial government shutdown highlighted Obama's challenges in basic governing. Although he refused to concede to Republicans in exchange for reopening the government and raising the U.S. borrowing limit, he could not block the emergence of what he called a "manufactured" crisis.


            More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...99J01120131020

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            • #7
              'Frustrated' Obama promises fix for malfunctioning healthcare website

              (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought on Monday to limit political damage from the problematic launch of the government website for his signature healthcare law as Washington became embroiled in a new uproar days after a possible debt default was narrowly averted.

              With many Americans experiencing error messages and long waits in trying to sign on to healthcare.gov, Republicans in Congress who have fought the Affordable Care Act since before its 2010 passage renewed calls for a delay in the rollout.


              More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...99K0M220131021

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              • #8
                What we learned — and didn't -- from Obamacare website hearing

                Washington (CNN) -- The congressional hearing lasted for 4½ hours. Of the thousands of words spoken between what seemed like all 54 members on the House committee roster and four witnesses representing government contractors responsible for healthcare.gov, five things could be taken away.

                No answers to key questions

                How many error logs did you receive? How many people have been able to enroll? When will it be fixed? Those are three major questions lawmakers asked. Reasonable, especially since those questions would provide insight about the scope of the problem. But those are the questions that the witnesses did not answer.


                More:http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/24/politi...html?hpt=hp_t2

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                • #9
                  What we learned — and didn't -- from Obamacare website hearing

                  Washington (CNN) -- The congressional hearing lasted for 4½ hours. Of the thousands of words spoken between what seemed like all 54 members on the House committee roster and four witnesses representing government contractors responsible for healthcare.gov, five things could be taken away.

                  No answers to key questions

                  How many error logs did you receive? How many people have been able to enroll? When will it be fixed? Those are three major questions lawmakers asked. Reasonable, especially since those questions would provide insight about the scope of the problem. But those are the questions that the witnesses did not answer.


                  More: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/24/politi...site-5-things/

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                  • #10
                    After tough week, White House buys time for Obamacare website fix

                    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama promised on Saturday that his troubled healthcare website was just weeks away from a cure as he struggled to convince Americans he is on top of what has become a self-inflicted wound to his signature first-term achievement. His administration unveiled a plan on Friday to make Obamacare insurance marketplaces on healthcare.gov - a website riddled with error messages, long delays and bugs - work better by the end of November.

                    It was the end to an embarrassing week where Obama discovered he had overshot on an Oct 1. promise of a website that would make shopping for health insurance as easy as buying "a plane ticket on Kayak or a TV on Amazon."


                    More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...99P02S20131026

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                    • #11
                      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.
                      The White House has set a goal of enrolling 7 million people in private insurance plans through the new health insurance exchanges by March 31, 2014, the end of the glitch-plagued open enrollment period that started October 1.


                      More: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/26/politi...html?hpt=hp_t1

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                      • #12
                        ObamaCare website suffers new outage as Republicans say glitches only 'tip of the iceberg'


                        The federal government's online portal to buy health insurance suffered another glitch Sunday when the data services hub, a conduit for verifying the personal information of people applying for benefits under the law, went down in a failure that was blamed on an outside contractor.

                        "Today, Terremark had a network failure that is impacting a number of their clients, including healthcare.gov," HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement Sunday evening. "[Health and Human Services] Secretary [Kathleen] Sebelius spoke with the CEO of Verizon this afternoon to discuss the situation and they committed to fixing the problem as soon as possible."


                        More: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013...y-tip-iceberg/

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                        • #13
                          Obamacare and NSA spying: What did Obama know, and when did he find out?


                          (CNN) -- When it comes to leadership and personal responsibility, President Barack Obama has made his stance very clear: "The buck stops with me."

                          It's a phrase he's echoed countless times in the past. But now, he's dealing with an accountability double-whammy -- fallout from the botched Obamacare website and global fury over the wiretapping of some allied leaders' conversations.

                          So what all did the President know, and when did he find out? Depends on who you ask.


                          More: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/politi...html?hpt=hp_t1

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                          • #14
                            5 things we learned from Obamacare hearing


                            Washington (CNN) -- The woman at the center of the Obamacare enrollment site, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner on Tuesday was the first government official to testify before Congress since the government's health insurance exchange went live on October 1. After nearly three hours of questions from both Republican and Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, here's what we learned:

                            1. Finally, an apology

                            After four very tumultuous weeks of open enrollment, Tavenner became the first government official to publicly apologize for the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov.


                            More: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/29/politi...html?hpt=hp_t1

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                            • #15
                              On healthcare, spying, questions on what Obama knew and when


                              (Reuters) - To his critics, President Barack Obama often has seemed to be conveniently distant when trouble has hit his administration.

                              But on Tuesday, Obama was hit with a public-relations crisis that struck at the core of his domestic and foreign policy - one that raised questions about whether he had misled Americans on his signature healthcare overhaul, and whether he really was unaware of the U.S. government's alleged spying on its allies.

                              It was a dramatic twist for the Democratic president, who was widely seen as outflanking Republicans during the budget battles that led to a partial government shutdown and a near-default by the U.S. government this month.

                              Until this week, most of the discussion in Washington on the "Obamacare" health insurance program focused on its clumsy rollout, as symbolized by a balky website that is frustrating uninsured

                              Americans' efforts to enroll in the program.



                              More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...99T01420131030

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