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4:23pm

Thu October 24, 2013
Politics

Obamacare Contractors Head To Capitol Hill For House Hearing

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 6:25 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

On Capitol Hill, it was a day of tough questions and finger-pointing. Lawmakers got their first chance to grill government contractors over the botched rollout of the new government health insurance website. It was the first in a series of hearings. And as NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle directed their anger at the contractors and at each other.

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4:01pm

Thu October 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Texas Vs. Utah: A Tale Of Two Government Shutdowners

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah (left), and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walk to the Senate floor on Oct. 16 to vote on a bill to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government.
Evan Vucci AP

Two Tea Party-backed, defund-Obamacare-or-we'll-shut-down-the-government Senate leaders. Two very different outcomes.

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2:46pm

Thu October 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

What's The Real Deadline For Buying Health Coverage?

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:56 am

Which date should be circled on your insurance calendar?
iStockphoto.com

Under the Affordable Care Act, nearly everyone will be required to have health insurance. If they don't, they'll have to pay the federal government a tax penalty.

But it turns out this is a case where there are deadlines, and then there are hard deadlines.

And with the federally run health insurance exchange at HealthCare.gov so mired in technology problems, figuring out the what counts as a real deadline has become a very hot topic.

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12:48pm

Thu October 24, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Russell Brand And His Call For Revolution

A BBC interview with comedian/actor Russell Brand is getting attention today because, it's said, he speaks for many younger adults who are fed up with politics and politicians.

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12:40pm

Thu October 24, 2013
It's All Politics

Government Shutdown Makes Its Debut In Campaign Ads

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 1:19 pm

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., speaks in Stuttgart, Ark., in August. Pryor's latest ad in his re-election campaign hammers his GOP opponent's position on the government shutdown.
Danny Johnston AP

The federal government shutdown ordeal only recently ended, but candidates on both sides of the aisle are already on the air with ads aiming to turn the impasse to their advantage.

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12:07pm

Thu October 24, 2013
Health Care

Obamacare Website Mess: Whose Fault Is It?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's no secret that it's getting harder to move on up in this country, to achieve upward mobility that is. Last week, we asked whether the ability of Americans to literally move to different parts of the country is playing a role in this. We heard from so many listeners about this that we decided to dig into the story a bit more, and we'll have that in just a few minutes.

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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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