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  • Obamacare State Exchange Directors Defend Programs on Capitol Hill

    Six heads of state exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, defended their often poor-performing online insurance marketplaces yesterday on Capitol Hill. Appearing before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, state leaders for Obamacare insurance exchanges in Maryland, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, and California were grilled … More

    Bobby Jindal’s Blueprint for Health Care Reform

    This morning, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal released a 23-page health reform plan that would repeal the current health law known as Obamacare and replace it with a series of market-based reforms. “Repealing all of Obamacare is a good and necessary step—but not one sufficient by itself to achieve the real … More

    Marylanders on Hook for Millions More to Revamp Obamacare Site

    The board overseeing Maryland’s online health insurance exchange voted unanimously last night to scrap its $125.5 million website and use technology implemented in Connecticut. The Baltimore Sun reported that the board for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange decided the new website will adopt technology by Deloitte Consulting used on Connecticut’s … More

    Poll: Obama Ties with Putin as Leader

    A new Quinnipiac University national poll released today shows that the American public is divided whether President Barack Obama or Russian president Vladimir Putin is the stronger leader. “It’s a tossup on who is a tougher leader, President Barack Obama or President Vladimir Putin, as Americans weigh the heavyweight standoff … More

    'Here to Stay': Triumphant President Says 7 Million Enrolled in Obamacare

    President Obama today basked in the glow of  “7.1 million” – the number of Americans the White House said had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, what the president embraced yet again as “Obamacare.” “Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of the website, … More

    Md. Looks to Scrap $125.5 Million Obamacare Website, Start Over

    As states and the federal government push for enrollment in Obamacare ahead of today’s midnight deadline, Maryland is poised for a do-over of its health insurance website, which has performed poorly at a cost of $125.5 million to date. The Washington Post reports that the board for the Maryland Health … More

    Public Opinion Plunges Amid Ballyhooed Obamacare ‘Surge’

    As the White House continues its victory lap after claiming to enroll more than 6 million Americans in the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, a survey finds that only one in four Americans supports President Obama’s signature domestic achievement—a new low. The Associated Press-Gfk poll—online interviews with 1,012 adults conducted … More

    Obamacare Reconsidered: Senators Push Fixes for Law They Embraced

    Six U.S. senators stepped up their pressure for fixes to Obamacare in a joint op-ed in Politico detailing needed changes in President Obama’s signature health law. But they didn’t always feel so strongly, a cursory review by The Foundry shows. Taking a page from recently released findings of Democratic pollster Celinda Lake—who said … More

    Obamacare Architects Contradict Each Other on the Future of Job-Based Insurance Coverage

    Only months after Obamacare supporters stressed that the health law would have minimal impact on employer-based health insurance, a key architect of the health law predicts “an end of employer-sponsored insurance.” Speaking recently to The New York Times about his new book, Ezekiel Emanuel estimates that workers who receive health … More

    Guess How Many States Are Trying to Extend Their Obamacare Enrollment Deadlines

    With only 11 days left in Obamacare’s open enrollment period, several states running the health law’s insurance exchanges are looking at ways to extend their enrollment deadlines for consumers who run into technical glitches, according to Modern Healthcare. These states, which include Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington, are … More