Archive for ‘October, 2013’

Six takeaways on health care hearings >

High profile hearings this week on the troubled start to the Obama health law put the White House on the defensive, as Republicans expanded their attacks on the law and seized some political momentum back which had been lost in the fight over the government shutdown. Here’s some takeaways on …

Official apology for bumpy healthcare.gov rollout >

Kicking off two days of hearings in Congress with high profile Obama Administration officials, the official in charge of healthcare.gov told lawmakers the first four weeks of the insurance signup web site did not go as planned, but she vowed that the process would be turned around for consumers in …

Five Democrats demand refund on healthcare.gov >

Five Democrats in the House have asked the U.S. Attorney General to see if Uncle Sam can claw back money paid to contractors for the development of healthcare.gov, as the feds struggled for a second day to get the insurance sign up process functioning on that web site. “We write …

Healthcare.gov knocked out by network outage >

As if the Obama Administration’s internet effort to sign up people for health insurance didn’t have enough troubles already, the data framework behind the healthcare.gov web site went down on Sunday morning and could not immediately be put back on line, preventing anyone from signing up or completing an insurance …

New call from Democrats for enrollment delay >

A day after hearings that showcased the ongoing problems with the insurance signup web site healthcare.gov, a group of 10 Senate Democrats urged the Obama Administration to delay enrollment until after the current deadline of March 31, 2014, worried that the application system won’t be ready in coming weeks and …

More Democrats join in health law criticism >

More Democrats in Congress raised their voices on Thursday over troubles with the healthcare.gov website, as some urged a delay in the signup deadline for insurance, while others used a House hearing to bash the contractors who developed the site. “We’ve got problems with this web site,” said Rep. Anna …

First cracks among Democrats on Obama health law >

After holding fast through the 16 days of the government shutdown, some Democrats in the Congress are now starting to entertain the idea of delay when it comes to parts of the Obama health law, amid bipartisan concern over troubles with the healthcare.gov website. “I believe, given the technical issues, …

Cost information from healthcare.gov >

The federal web site that allows Americans to buy health insurance has released the different cost options in the 36 states covered by the troubled federal exchange at healthcare.gov, putting forth a blizzard of information on the cost of health insurance plans under the Obama health law. In all, there …

Health grants for Hurricane Sandy recovery >

While pork barrel spending has been all but eliminated in the Congress, the Executive Branch still has the ability to deliver millions and billions of dollars to local groups in a variety of ways. Whether the spending is worthwhile is up to the individual voter. On Tuesday as the fight …

IRS loses billions to improper EITC payments >

Another year, another report from the inside watchdog at the Internal Revenue Service, which finds that the feds are losing billions each year to improper payments for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a tax break meant for poor working families. The IRS has made little improvement in reducing improper Earned …