Fixing HealthCare.gov

Fixing HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration is scrambling to fix problems with the president's online health insurance marketplace. Diane and her guests discuss what's at stake politically and prospects for getting the new health insurance exchanges fully operating by a mid-December deadline.

President Barack Obama yesterday acknowledged technical problems with the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace. In remarks at the Rose Garden, he said, “There’s no sugarcoating it: the website is too slow; people have been getting stuck during the application process, and I think it is fair to say that no one is more frustrated by that than I am." Obama underscored those benefits of the new law which do not depend a website, and he said a "tech surge" is underway to solve the problems. About 20 million Americans have visited the site in the past three weeks. But experts say substantial improvement is needed in the next few weeks to meet the administration’s enrollment targets. Diane and her guests talk about the challenges of fixing HealthCare.gov.

Guests

Dan Schuyler

director of exchange technology, Leavitt Partners, and former director of technology, Utah Health Insurance Exchange.

Julie Rovner

health policy correspondent, NPR; author of "Health Care Policy and Politics A-Z."

Dan Mendelson

CEO and founder, Avalere Health, and former associate director for health, White House Office of Management and Budget.

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