10:37 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a Capitol Hill hearing, Kathleen Sebelius admitted today that the Obama administration is 3 million short of its Obamacare goal:
Said Congressman Joe Pitts: "The AP reported that a September 5 memo sent to you listed monthly enrollment targets for the exchanges, and this memo indicated that your target enrollment number for the end of December is 3.3 million. Based on HHS's release this morning, your department is more than 3 million off their target number, isn't that correct?"
"Through the end of November, that is correct, sir," said Sebelius.
9:01 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Missouri school district faces a $150,000 bill for Obamacare, according to a report on KMIZ-MO:
"The Affordable Care Act could cost the Jefferson City public schools more than a $150,000," said the news anchor.
"This came to light at last night's board meeting when district officials told board members they would have to pay health insurance for substitute teachers," says the other anchor.
8:08 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The Obama administration began emphasizing the option of applying for insurance through the Obamacare Marketplace with a paper application ever since it became apparent that the online process at Healthcare.gov was riddled with problems.
10:02 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
11:17 AM, Dec 9, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Welcome, Washington, to the real world.
Congress passed the bill and now it is having a little trouble finding out what is in it. As reported on CNN:
8:54 AM, Dec 9, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Concerns have increased over the security of personal information collected by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the volume of personal data has multiplied dramatically with the implementation of Obamacare.
7:49 AM, Dec 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Financial Times reports:
Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres.
10:01 AM, Dec 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
If you want to keep your doctor, you might have to pay more for it, Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel said today on Fox News Sunday:
11:15 AM, Dec 7, 2013 • By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
It was only 10:30 a.m., and already, we were too cold to move, let alone get out of our SUV to tailgate. We’d been parked outside Notre Dame’s football stadium in South Bend, Indiana, in the alumni lot for more than two and half hours, ahead of the university’s last home game of the year against Brigham Young. Normally, cars line up in the wee hours of the morning to claim the best tailgate spots, but today, the stadium parking lot was a ghost town, with only one other vehicle in sight.
4:31 PM, Dec 6, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The studying of Obamacare continues, seemingly without end, and under one scenario, the program may actually accomplish the obverse of its core aim. As David Nather writes at Politico:
3:11 PM, Dec 6, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The post mortems on the launch of Obamacare continue and there are calls for heads – perhaps a lot of them – to roll. The president’s management style has been questioned. Why didn’t he know, and when didn’t he know it? That sort of thing.
1:12 PM, Dec 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rep. Matt Cartwright, a member of President Obama's Obamacare "strike team," says it's a "good thing" that people are losing their old health care plans:
12:07 PM, Dec 5, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
With all the other problems experienced by consumers at Healthcare.gov, actually making payments for plans selected has gotten relatively little attention until recently. As the end of the year draws closer, however, the importance of making a payment to secure coverage by January 1 has increased.
7:27 AM, Dec 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called on the Obama administration to be more forthcoming about Obamacare:
One reporter asked Gibbs: "Is the administration being as forthcoming as it could be or should be about what's working and what's not?"