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Help Wanted: CEO For Hard-To-Manage Federal Insurance Website

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is expected to name someone to oversee the operations of to keep it from becoming a joke again on late night TV. Also in the news is an examination of the small business marketplaces.

Marketplace: Why HealthCare.Gov Is Going To Get A CEO
File this under one of the toughest jobs in America. The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is beating the bushes for a CEO of, the site that became a punch line on late night TV last fall. The Obama Administration wants to make sure the funny guys get material from somewhere else. New HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell hopes appointing a CEO to oversee the operation will make the jokes go away (Gorenstein, 7/14).

The Washington Post: Why We Still Don't Know How Many Small Business Signed Up Through Obamacare
In contrast to the widely publicized enrollment numbers on the health care law's individual marketplace, there's apparently no way to know how many business owners and employees have signed up through the law's new small-business exchanges. By all indications, though, it's not very many (Harrison, 7/14).

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