Business

5:44pm

Wed November 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Tech Stats We Now Know About HealthCare.gov

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 8:01 pm

Todd Park, the U.S. chief technology officer, testifies before the House oversight committee about problems implementing the health care program.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The big numbers out today are the administration's counts of how many people actually enrolled in health exchanges between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2. More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first month, the government said.

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5:07pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Parallels

Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 8:01 pm

Rosarito, Mexico, near the U.S. border in the Mexican state of Baja California, is home to thousands of Americans who live there full or part time, many in properties with long-term leases. A proposed change to Mexican law would allow foreigners outright ownership of Mexican beachfront properties.
Guillermo Arias AP

For the first time in nearly a century, Mexico is considering letting foreigners own land outright along the coast and near international borders. Right now, only Mexicans can hold the title to land in the so-called restricted zone. The president and many lawmakers want to relax the ownership laws in hopes of spurring a wave of foreign investment in the country.

But others are crying foul and reviving nationalistic fears of foreign invasion and domination that incited enactment of the law so many years ago.

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4:38pm

Wed November 13, 2013
The Two-Way

More Than 106,000 Chose Health Plans Under Affordable Care Act

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 6:47 pm

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a report Wednesday revealing that 106,185 Americans selected a health plan in the new marketplace from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first reporting period of open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplace, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

That number is only "about 20 percent of the government's October target," as NPR's Scott Horsley reports for our Newscast unit.

Less than 27,000 people used the federal HealthCare.gov site to select a plan. The overall number includes enrollments made via federal and state marketplaces from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, the agency says.

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4:37pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Health Care

The Health Care Numbers Are Out, And They're Disappointing

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 11:46 am

The Obama administration released its much anticipated enrollment numbers for the first month of the troubled HealthCare.gov website Wednesday. And as predicted, the numbers were disappointing.

Just over 100,000 people managed to navigate the process and choose a health plan between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2 — 106,185 people, to be precise.

But barely a quarter of those, 26,794, enrolled through the federal website that's signing up people in 36 of the states. The rest enrolled through state marketplaces.

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1:27pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Author Interviews

Christmas Lights Make Slippers In Global 'Junkyard' Economy

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 7:01 pm

A woman worker sorts used plastic bottles at a recycle center in Mumbai, India.
Rajanish Kakade AP

When you think of recycling, you probably think of cans, plastic bottles and newspapers. Well, think a little bigger.

There are businesses devoted to recycling metal, paper, plastic, oil, textiles, cell phones, computers, motors, batteries, Christmas lights, cars and more. The hidden world of globalized recycling and reclamation, and its impact on the environment and the global economy, is the subject of the new book Junkyard Planet by journalist Adam Minter.

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12:05pm

Wed November 13, 2013
The Two-Way

ANALYSIS: Why Is '60 Minutes' So Tight-Lipped In Its Benghazi Apology?

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 4:51 pm

CBSNews.com

(This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. ET)

How did TV's most storied newsmagazine make such a huge mistake? And why won't they explain exactly what happened?

Those are the questions left unanswered days after 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager retracted an Oct. 27 story about the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that featured a suspect source: government contractor Dylan Davies.

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10:52am

Wed November 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

This Device Lets You Order A Pizza With The Push Of A Button

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 11:01 pm

Parts for the PiePal were 3-D printed.
Courtesy of iStrategyLabs

In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Got an innovation you think we should feature? Fill out our form.

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5:11am

Wed November 13, 2013
Health Care

Healthsherpa Helps Thousands Get Insurance Quotes

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 7:07 am

The computer coders who made healthcare.gov may not have had the best of e-commerce in mind. The site looks like something melded together by a dozen government bureaucracies, and is so bad, it's driven away online shoppers. But a group of coders in Silicon Valley says it doesn't have to be this way. They've created healthsherpa.com.

5:11am

Wed November 13, 2013
Health Care

Democrats Join Calls To Rectify Canceled Health Insurance

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 2:57 pm

People protest President Obama's "If you like your insurance you can keep it" comment during a presidential visit to Dallas last week.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

In Washington this week, calls to fix the problem of people getting insurance cancellation notices are getting louder and coming from all sides. But turning back the clock on health insurance cancellations turns out to be a lot harder than it sounds.

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5:11am

Wed November 13, 2013
Business

To Merge, American, U.S. Airways Must Give Up Slots

The Justice Department said the new, combined airline will hand over some slots at key airports to low-cost competitors to assuage antitrust concerns.

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