FROM Nancy Metcalf
Affordable Care Act Deadline Today is the deadline to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Obama administration says that so far, over six million people have signed up for private insurance under Obamacare. We get a lay of the land and answer last minute questions.
Will a "Tech Surge" Save Obamacare? President Obama conceded today that HealthCare.gov , the Obamacare website, is not working the way it’s supposed to. He promised the “best and the brightest” tech gurus will fix it and insisted that applicants who do get through are thrilled with the product. Republicans want some accountability. Can the President reassure enough people soon enough to avoid a disaster? In the Rose Garden with a group of apparently satisfied Obamacare customers, the President said the Affordable Health Act is working just fine—but he conceded major problems with the website, HealthCare.gov . The President did not hold anyone accountable for the problems, but he promised they’re going to be fixed.
What Will Obamacare Mean for You? Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act begins in just six months, but many Americans who might benefit don't even know it. Many others are confused — and for good reason. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that forty-two percent don't know it's the law; large numbers believe it has been repealed by the US Supreme Court or the Congress. President Obama says the 85 percent who already have health insurance won't be affected, but last week he conceded the roll-out might not be so smooth. What's being done to prevent a possible "train wreck" as Obamacare rolls out? What questions are being asked? What's being done to provide at least some answers before enrollment begins. We talk to the woman in charge of telling consumers what they need to know.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
CBO: Under GOP plan, millions will lose coverage Republicans are divided and Democrats are saying, "we told you so," when it comes to official estimates of what it will cost to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Trump White House says the Congressional Budget Office is just wrong.