Obama administration officials, racing to beat a month-end deadline to fix the troubled federal insurance website, said Sunday there has been “dramatic progress” in patching HealthCare.gov but acknowledged “there is more work to be done” in improving the site and its underlying technology.
The Obama administration official directly responsible for the botched rollout of the federal health-insurance website apologized Tuesday at a congressional hearing, saying the site “can and will be fixed.”
No one in the government made sure the many complex parts of the federal health-insurance website worked together properly, and testing of the complete site didn’t take place until two weeks before its Oct. 1 launch, contractors said at the first congressional hearings into the matter.
A new round of finger-pointing will kick off Thursday morning when a House committee grills four contractors involved in the development of HealthCare.gov, the troubled site where uninsured consumers are supposed to sign up for health insurance.
Federal regulators signed off Wednesday on a plan that would resolve longstanding interference issues between AT&T Inc. and Sirius XM Radio Inc. and allow the wireless giant to expand its high-speed LTE network.
Federal regulators are preparing to clear Verizon Wireless’s $3.9 billion deal to acquire airwaves from several cable companies including Comcast Corp., according to people close to the negotiations, after the companies reached broad agreement to settle antitrust concerns.
Verizon Wireless agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission complaint that it inappropriately pressured Google Inc. into blocking access to some applications on Google’s Android mobile store.
The Justice Department is holding up Verizon Wireless’s $3.9 billion deal to acquire cable-company airwaves over concerns a related agreement will hurt competition for broadband Internet service, according to people familiar with the matter.