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U.S. administration says midday HealthCare.gov glitch resolved

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Monday that it has resolved a glitch affecting HealthCare.gov that temporarily prevented new users from accessing application and enrollment tools around midday, as website traffic volumes surged hours before a midnight deadline to enroll in private health insurance. (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

AP sources: Obama health law sign-ups on track to hit 7M on deadline day despite glitches

WASHINGTON - Government officials tell The Associated Press that President Barack Obama's health care law is on track to hit 7 million sign-ups as a result of a deadline-day surge. Two officials spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because they were not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of an official announcement. Seven million sign-ups was the original target set by the Congressional Budget Office for subsidized private health insurance offered through new online markets.

Late Obamacare surge jams website

Tens of thousands of Americans jammed the website for President Barack Obama's health care law Monday as a six-month window closed to sign up for plans under his top domestic achievement. The White House, which has paid a heavy political price for the unpopular law, was triumphant as a predicted late rush for policies materialized and banished memories of a disastrous website outage that haunted the launch of enrollments late last year.

Obama health care website stumbles on deadline day; Official cites 'technical problem'

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's health care website is stumbling on deadline day for sign-ups. Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. At times the visitors were also directed to a virtual waiting room — a feature designed to ease the strain on the site during periods of heavy use.

Obama agents sent home from Europe for boozing

In a new embarrassment for the US Secret Service, three agents were sent home from Amsterdam for drunkenness, after one was found passed out in a hotel hallway. The agents were in The Netherlands ahead of US President Barack Obama's trip there this week as part of the elite unit tasked with protecting the president in the event of an attack. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary confirmed to AFP Wednesday that "three employees were sent home for disciplinary reasons," without giving any further details.

Virginia lawmakers recess without Medicaid, budget deal

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - Virginia's legislature has recessed without reaching agreement with Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe over a budget or Medicaid expansion. McAuliffe, a former Democratic Party fundraiser, and the Republican-dominated House of Delegates are deadlocked over a two-year pilot expansion of Medicaid, the federal healthcare program for the poor the governor has proposed.

Obama agents sent home from Europe for boozing

In a new embarrassment for the US Secret Service, three agents were sent home from Amsterdam for drunkeness, after one was found passed out in a hotel hallway. The agents were in The Netherlands ahead of US President Barack Obama's trip there this week as part of the elite unit tasked with protecting the president in the event of an attack. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary confirmed to AFP Wednesday "three employees were sent home for disciplinary reasons," without giving any further details.

EU/U.S. trade deal will not weaken standards: Obama

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would ensure that a planned EU-U.S. trade deal did not weaken existing consumer or environmental standards, as some critics fear. Obama told a news conference that the U.S. and EU publics had legitimate questions on whether a trade deal would benefit their countries over the long term and whether "hard-won victories" on consumer or environmental protection would be preserved.

U.S. lawmakers drop IMF reforms from Ukraine aid bill

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats agreed on Tuesday to drop language outlining reforms of the International Monetary Fund from a Ukraine aid bill to increase the odds it will get through Congress, said Majority Leader Harry Reid, after weeks of partisan bickering delayed the package. Reid cited stiff opposition to the IMF reform provisions in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

U.S. to allow some people to enroll in Obamacare after deadline

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will soon issue new Obamacare guidelines allowing people to enroll in health coverage after a March 31 deadline, but only under certain circumstances, according to sources close to the administration.
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