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8:51am

Thu October 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Thursday Morning Political Mix: Healthcare Techs In Hot Seat

Good morning.

This is Washington, so there will be hearings.

Today's centerpiece of congressional inquiry bears the title, "Affordable Care Act Implementation Failures: Didn't Know or Didn't Disclose?" See where this is going?

The morning gathering will be the first in a promised series of GOP-led House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings into the implementation of Obamacare and its well-documented challenges.

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8:19am

Thu October 24, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Obamacare Tech Mess? It's A Familiar Government Story

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 12:22 pm

Technical problems have plagued the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website.
AP

By this point, it's all but a universally acknowledged truth that the launch of the HealthCare.gov website has been a failure.

That's bad news for President Obama and his health care law. But it's not exceptional when it comes to big government software programs and platforms.

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7:58am

Thu October 24, 2013
The Two-Way

At Health Care Hearing, Republicans And Democrats Clash Again

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 2:50 pm

HealthCare.gov
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ailsa Chang reports
  • Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., accusing his Republican colleagues of holding a "monkey court."

(Click here to jump to our latest updates — including a Democrat accusing Republicans of holding a "monkey court.")

Republicans in the House have framed the central question they want answered about the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act this way, NPR's Ailsa Chang said Thursday on Morning Edition:

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7:03am

Thu October 24, 2013
All Tech Considered

What's A 'Glitch,' Anyway? A Brief Linguistic History

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:01 am

Not all glitches are unintentional and problematic. Glitch art introduces, on purpose, digital typos that would otherwise be edited out in an image.
Kevin Wong Flickr

HealthCare.gov, the faulty website where people can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, has become nearly synonymous with the word "glitch" — sometimes defensively, sometimes mockingly.

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6:03am

Thu October 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Red-State Senators Face Activist Challengers From Within

Timothy D. Easley AP

Re-election trouble is brewing for longtime Republican senators in deep-red states, from South Carolina to Wyoming. And the trouble is from within.

The GOP's restive Tea Party and libertarian wings, energized by their titular leader, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and funded in part by starve-government groups like the Club for Growth, are waging 2014 Senate primary challenges in six states — and counting.

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5:10am

Thu October 24, 2013
Politics

Hearings On Obamacare Rollout Kick Off On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 8:07 am

The first of what is likely to be many congressional hearings on the Affordable Care Act rollout happens Thursday. After more than three weeks, consumers trying out the new health care exchanges have complained of delays, inaccurate information and other computer problems. House Republicans are determined to shine a spotlight on the bungles.

6:01pm

Wed October 23, 2013
NPR Story

Partisan Squabbles Raise Questions Over U.S. Global Influence

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 7:39 pm

The U.S. Capitol is shown at sunset on Oct. 15, the 15th day of a government shutdown that some analysts say damaged the U.S. reputation worldwide.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The U.S. performance on the global stage has looked a little rocky in the past few weeks.

The Obama administration had to let Russia take a lead in managing the security challenge in Syria. The United States was also embarrassed when allies like Germany, France and Brazil reacted angrily to the news that the National Security Agency had monitored their leaders' communications.

Finally, the government shutdown and the congressional fight over the debt ceiling prompted critical comments about U.S. political dysfunction.

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6:01pm

Wed October 23, 2013
All Tech Considered

U.K. Official Urges U.S. Government To Adopt A Digital Core

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:43 pm

Mike Bracken is executive director of digital for the U.K. government.
Lisbon Council Flickr

5:39pm

Wed October 23, 2013
All Tech Considered

It's Easy To Blame The Canadians For HealthCare.gov Problems

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:43 pm

Heavy Internet traffic and system problems plagued the launch of the new HealthCare.gov insurance exchange site.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

President Obama is putting former CEO Jeff Zients in charge of the "tech surge" — the administration's emergency effort to fix the Web portal at the heart of the federal government's new health care market. But what about the contractors that built the system? What's their responsibility?

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4:59pm

Wed October 23, 2013
It's All Politics

White House Turns To 'Rock Star' Manager For Obamacare Fix

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:58 pm

Jeffrey Zients was tapped to help fix problems with the Obama administration's heath care website.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Jeffrey Zients isn't exactly a household name. But if he can cure what ails the Affordable Care Act website, he'll be one of the best-known figures in the Obama administration.

Zients (rhymes with Heinz) is the professional manager President Obama turned to in order to solve the by-now-infamous problems with the federal government's health care exchange website.

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