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Healthcare.gov Is On The Mend, What’s Next?

News outlets report on the key tasks ahead -- enrolling enough people to stabilize the insurance market and covering people whose policies were canceled. 

The Associated Press: Obama’s Fixer-Upper Website Races To Catch Up
It looks like President Barack Obama’s fickle health insurance website is finally starting to put up some respectable sign-up numbers, but its job only seems to have gotten harder. Two months in and out of the repair shop have left significantly less time to fulfill the White House goal of enrolling 7 million people by the end of open enrollment on March 31 (Alonso-Zaldivar, 12/6).

Politico: Next Up: Obamacare Worst-Case Scenario?
Enrollment surge or no enrollment surge, the next Obamacare challenge is a big one: How will the White House make sure all those people with canceled policies get new coverage by Jan. 1? At the rate the signups are going — even with the speedier, newly functioning Obamacare website — the administration has a vast distance to travel before the estimated 4 to 5 million people with canceled policies get new health coverage (Nather, 12/6).

McClatchy: Obama’s Prescription For Health Care Law Is PR
The White House's renewed effort to tout the law has two aims -- to encourage Americans to sign up for coverage and to reassure nervous Democratic lawmakers and other allies who have watched Obama's so-far unsuccessful efforts to contain the political damage. ... The messaging push is the latest White House attempt to regain control of a debate that since the Oct. 1 debut of HealthCare.gov has been dominated by discussion of website failures, error rates and software fixes (Hennessey and Parsons, 12/5).

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