Medicare’s top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president’s health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage.
The Obama administration says it’s pulling the plug on proposed changes to the Medicare prescription program that ran into strong opposition on Capitol Hill.
A senior government official declined to say Tuesday if the administration will support legislation to fulfill President Barack Obama’s oft-stated promise that anyone who likes their health care plan will be able to keep it under the nation’s new law.
Four days before the Healthcare.gov website went live, a memo warned there were security risks with the coding.
Just four days before the healthcare.gov site went live, a Center for Medicare and Medical Services (CMS) memo indicated that the site had “inherent security risks” because security testing on the site was on partially completed.
While the Obama administration was expecting a large number of uninsured Americans to enroll in the new health care system in its first month, the Medicare chief was forecasting numbers far lower.
“I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should,” Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner said as she began her testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee. It was the most direct mea culpa yet from a top administration official.