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UPDATE: Officials: Healthcare.gov making strides

UPDATED Sunday, December 1, 2013 --- 10:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government claims more than 50,000 people can log on to its troubled health care website and more than 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance coverage each day.

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday released a progress report on fixes to the website, which saw its first weeks plagued by technical errors.

Officials say the website is improved but acknowledge it's far from perfect.

There is no way to independently verify the administration's figures.

Even with the repairs in place, the site still won't be able to do everything the administration wants, and companion sites for small businesses and Spanish speakers have been delayed. Questions remain about the stability of the site and the quality of the data it delivers to insurers.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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UPDATED Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 11:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says his administration "fumbled the rollout" of his signature health care law.

Obama is taking responsibility for problems with the launch of the program. He says, quote, "That's on me."

Obama says it's legitimate for Americans to expect him to have to win back some credibility on the health care law and in general.

The president acknowledges his assertion that Americans who like their health plan could keep it, in his words, "ended up not being accurate." He says that wasn't his intention.

Obama says he wasn't informed directly that the Healthcare.gov website wouldn't be working, and wouldn't have rolled it out if he did. He says he wouldn't have been "stupid enough" to say it was going to be like shopping on Amazon had he known.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he hears Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance "loud and clear" and is offering a fix.

Obama on Thursday announced that insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be cancelled.

The president noted that the first-month enrollment numbers in health care plans under his law are lagging and he isn't happy about it. He said that "we fumbled the roll-out" of the program. And he vowed to build a better health care system for every American and "get it right."

The administrative changes are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they could be extended if problems with the law persist.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 10:11 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Democratic official says President Barack Obama has decided to allow the sale of canceled individual health insurance policies to existing customers, part of a plan to satisfy public discontent with "Obamacare."

Obama set a late morning White House announcement.

The official said the administration's one-year plan is to let insurers continue to offer plans that had been canceled because they did not meet coverage standards under the health care law.

The official says insurance companies must also notify policyholders that alternatives exist under Obama's health care program, and have to describe the areas in which their own plans fall short of coverage requirements in the law.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because this person lacked authority to speak publicly ahead of a formal announcement.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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