HealthCare.gov website is running more smoothly now, says Obama

A man surfs on the HealthCare.gov website. Photo: Reuters

The White House said that the worst of the online glitches, crashes and delays may be over for the problem-plagued US government health care website, a key component of President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

Tuesday, 3 December, 2013, 5:28am

Bowing to pressure, Obama unveils fix on healthcare

President Barack Obama talks about the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

President Barack Obama bowed to political pressure over his signature healthcare reform on Thursday, announcing he would allow insurers to extend policies that have been cancelled for one year even if they do not comply with the law.

But insurers immediately raised doubts over how the proposal would work.

15 Nov 2013 - 2:39pm

Obama apologises to people who lost health care plans

Obama speaks on health care at a Dallas synagogue. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama has apologised to Americans who had health insurance plans cancelled because of his new law, even though he had promised they would not.

9 Nov 2013 - 3:31am

President asks supporters for help with Obamacare roll-out

US President Barack Obama speaking at an Organizing for Action event in Washington on Monday. Photo: Reuters

President Barack Obama, defiant against critics of his troubled healthcare plan, vowed on Monday to press ahead with the roll-out and asked supporters to help as the White House struggled to gain control of the debate over his signature legislative achievement in the face of mounting criticism.

5 Nov 2013 - 12:03pm

Obamacare enrolment very slow in first few days

US President Barack Obama speaks out about the Affordable Care Act. Photo: Reuters

Enrolment in health insurance plans on the troubled Obamacare website was very limited in the first couple of days of operation, with just 248 Americans signing up, according to documents released on Thursday by a US House of Representatives committee.

1 Nov 2013 - 4:58pm

Obama blames ‘bad apple’ insurers for cancelled health coverage

President Barack Obama during his speech on the Affordable Care Act inside historic Faneuil Hall in Boston on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that “bad apple” insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks.

31 Oct 2013 - 1:02pm

US Republicans may use debt limit to delay Obamacare

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Photo: AFP

US Republican lawmakers, who staunchly oppose President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, are considering using a fall showdown over the country’s borrowing limit as leverage to try to delay the law’s implementation.

22 Aug 2013 - 12:16pm