New push for Obamacare starts today

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President Obama starts new push for his health insurance program today.
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As President Obama prepares Tuesday to once again start promoting his health insurance program and the problem-plagued website at HealthCare.gov, the federal agency operating the site continued its refusal Monday to answer questions about how many Americans have enrolled in Obamacare.

Another question that has not yet been answered has to do with the error rates at the healthcare website. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the agency that runs HealthCare.gov, keeps refusing to say how many people enrolled so far could end up having their health coverage delayed due to software-related errors.

Even though the administration announced a major fix for those errors on Nov. 30, the deadline the administration imposed for fixing the website after its disastrous launch on Oct. 1, the CMS still has not revealed when it found out that as much as 80 percent of the software-related errors disrupting enrollment data had been caused by just one "bug" that was linked to the social security numbers of the Obamacare enrollees.

It wasn’t until Monday that this information was disclosed, after the CMS announced that the single “bug” was fixed. Nevertheless, CNBC is reporting that over 125,000 enrollments may have been touched by the “bug” since HealthCare.gov debuted on Oct. 1.

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As for the White House’s response to all these issues, it was announced Saturday that the Obamacare website is now operating at an acceptable level. Today at 2:30 p.m., the president is scheduled to renew his push for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The president is expected to discuss the federal healthcare program when he speaks today, as well as HealthCare.gov and the work the administration is doing to continue improving the site, while also promoting it to those Americans who will most benefit from the options that the Affordable Care Act provides.

According to a source from the insurance industry, however, getting Americans to re-focus on the benefits of Obamacare may be difficult because of all the problems that continue plaguing the Obamacare website, including a recent report that insurance plans are still experiencing serious problems with 834 files.

Adding to the problems overshadowing the federal health care act are the millions of Americans who have had their health insurance cancelled, despite President Obama's promise that if they liked their insurance, they could keep it, period.

In the meantime, Vermont has already taken the matter into its own hands by becoming the first state in the nation to launch a single-payer health care system.

SOURCE: Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, HealthCare.gov Progress and Performance Report, Dec. 1, 2013

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