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What The Health Law’s Future Holds: Fixing The Website And Everything After

News outlets report on the various ways the website issues and sign-up woes could be addressed, as well as what a variety of experts say about the global outlook for the health law.  

NPR: 6 Ideas Being Floated To 'Fix' Obamacare Sign-Up Woes
As technical problems with the government's new health insurance marketplace slow the pace of sign-up, a variety of "fixes" have been proposed. But some of these would create their own challenges. In rough order from least to most disruptive, here are some of the ideas (Horsley, 11/14).

Kaiser Health News: Will Low Online Enrollments In The Fall Hobble The Health Law?
Hope that the health law's online insurance marketplaces will work well enough to enroll millions this fall had already faded before the administration disclosed results Wednesday. News that only 27,000 had signed up for private coverage on the federally run marketplaces through October amplified the doubts (Hancock and Galewitz, 11/14).

Politico: Fateful Dates Ahead On Obamacare Calendar
Over the next five months, the calendar is loaded with dates and deadlines that will shape the fate of Obamacare. The October enrollment figures released Wednesday underscored the damage done by the health law's technical problems since it launched on Oct. 1; 106,000 signing up in the first 32 days was a poor showing, even by the White House's own admission. The Obama administration insists that the poor numbers can be reversed, momentum restored. Here are some key dates on that road to redemption -- or further dysfunction (Cheney and Millman, 11/13).

The Fiscal Times: 4 Things The White House Still Hasn't Told Us About Obamacare
The White House finally released its much anticipated enrollment numbers on Wednesday, revealing that some 106,000 Americans selected insurance policies on the state and federal health exchanges in October, the first month those marketplaces went live. While the report offers some insight into the demand for the new policies -- about 1.5 million people have applied for coverage -- it lacks specific information, like who is enrolling and how many people have actually purchased plans. In order to determine how Obamacare is really shaping up, the administration must answer these four crucial questions (Ehley, 11/14).

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