Obamacare Hits 7M Sign-Up Goal

Apr 2, 2014, 9:04 am EDT

The Obama administration scored a big political achievement Tuesday, with  7.1 million people enrolling in the president’s signature healthcare program known as Obamacare.

“The Affordable Care Act hasn’t completely fixed our long-broken health-care system, but this law has made our health-care system a lot better,” Obama told administration officials, lawmakers and other supporters in the White House Rose Garden. “The debate over repealing this law is over.”

The administration has now reached the goal it set for itself before the exchanges opened on Oct. 1 2013. Read 

Healthcare.gov Not Accepting New Applications, Problem Fixed

Mar 31, 2014, 3:12 pm EDT

Healthcare.gov continues to cause headaches as last-minute users were unable to sign up on the website with the Obamacare deadline looming. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

March 31 is the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through Healthcare.gov, but the website suffered another setback today. The website’s new technical problem prevented last-minute users from signing up for ACA less than 12 hours before the Obamacare deadline.

Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said that technicians identified the issue and solved it later. He added that more than 100,000 people are using the system at the same time. Read 

Healthcare.gov Crashes Ahead of Obamacare Deadline

Mar 31, 2014, 9:30 am EDT

With the deadline to obtain health insurance looming, the federal health insurance exchange suffered another glitch on Monday morning.

Healthcare.gov became inaccessible for several hours as Americans rushed to purchase insurance before the midnight Obamacare deadline. Government officials said that they were working to correct the problem, which was attributed to a glitch in the system, and stressed that people wishing to obtain insurance coverage prior to the expiration of the Obamacare deadline could also use a federal telephone call center. The federal website became accessible after some hours, and potential insurance purchasers were later advised that they would receive emails informing them when their online enrollments could be processed, NBCNews notes.

The White House says that people who attempt to purchase insurance on the federal website, but cannot complete the transaction due to technical issues, will be given more time. Read 

Ruling: College Athletes Can Form Unions

Mar 27, 2014, 1:04 pm EDT

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), ruled on Thursday, that college athletes have the right to form unions. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The NLRB ruling was made during a case where athletes from Northwestern University’s football team wanted to form a union. The ruling means that college athletes will have the right to form unions and fight for their rights. One of the arguments for the change was that football players spend anywhere from 40 to 50 hours a week on the sport, which is the equivalent of a full-time job, reports Businessweek.

“It’s like preparing so long for a big game and then when you win – it is pure joy,” Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA linebacker, told the Associated Press. Read 

NYC Considers 10-Cent Grocery Bag Fee for Plastic and Paper Bags

Mar 27, 2014, 12:49 pm EDT

NYC introduced a bill on Wednesday to help reduce the use of disposable grocery bags. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The bill would add a 10-cent fee for every plastic and paper bag used in NYC grocery stores. Shoppers can bring their own bags to buy groceries for no additional cost.

The grocery bag fee will apply to small markets and stores starting July 1. New York wouldn’t be the first city to impose such a restriction as Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington D.C. have similar laws. Read 

Obama Meets With Pope Francis for First Time

Mar 27, 2014, 12:09 pm EDT

President Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The President met Pope Francis in his private library in the Papal Palace. The two held an hour-long conversation and exchanged gifts. Obama gave the Pope seeds from the White House garden and told him he should visit the White House sometime. The Pope accepted the gift and in return gave the President a leather-bound copy of The Joy of the Gospels, which was written by Francis last year, reports Reuters.

“It doesn’t mean we agree on every issue, but his voice is one that I think the world needs to hear. He challenges us,” Obama told CNN while talking about the Pope. “He implores us to remember the people, especially the poor, who are affected by the economic decisions we make.” Read 

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