Political war continues over Obamacare - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Political war rages over flawed Obamacare site as deadline approaches

Republicans claim the website is still vulnerable to hackers while Democrats ramp up a media campaign to attract enrollees. (Source: HealthCare.gov/MGN) Republicans claim the website is still vulnerable to hackers while Democrats ramp up a media campaign to attract enrollees. (Source: HealthCare.gov/MGN)
  • Related LinksMore>>

  • FAQ: What is Obamacare?

    FAQ: What is Obamacare?

    Several major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, are taking effect in the coming months. Here are some details on what's happening, how it will work, and what it means for you.More >>
    Several major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, are taking effect in the coming months. Here are some details on what's happening, how it will work, and what it means for you.More >>
  • Government shutdown endNational politicsMore>>

  • Senate committee poised for vote on bill to protect Mueller

    Senate committee poised for vote on bill to protect Mueller

    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:28 AM EDT2018-04-26 04:28:40 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:30 AM EDT2018-04-26 09:30:38 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. Rep...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. Rep...

    Senate panel expected to vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, a bill that has split Republicans.

    More >>

    Senate panel expected to vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, a bill that has split Republicans.

    More >>
  • APNewsBreak: Feds' delays imperil migrant children

    APNewsBreak: Feds' delays imperil migrant children

    Thursday, April 26 2018 3:11 AM EDT2018-04-26 07:11:40 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:30 AM EDT2018-04-26 09:30:35 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File). FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, boys wait in line to make a phone call as they are joined by hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children that are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs...(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File). FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, boys wait in line to make a phone call as they are joined by hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children that are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs...
    A bipartisan Senate subcommittee has found that the government risks placing migrant children in the custody of human traffickers because federal agencies have delayed crucial reforms needed to keep the children safe.More >>
    A bipartisan Senate subcommittee has found that the government risks placing migrant children in the custody of human traffickers because federal agencies have delayed crucial reforms needed to keep the children safe.More >>
  • EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

    EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

    Thursday, April 26 2018 12:53 AM EDT2018-04-26 04:53:54 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 5:29 AM EDT2018-04-26 09:29:59 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Protesters listen to speakers talk about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the state of the EPA during a protest by the American Federation of Government Employees union, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Protesters listen to speakers talk about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the state of the EPA during a protest by the American Federation of Government Employees union, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Washington.

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to face questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan...

    More >>

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to face questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan calls for his ouster.

    More >>

(RNN) - Republicans and Democrats continue to squabble over how to handle the Affordable Care Act website, HealthCare.gov. As the March 31 signup deadline approaches, both sides are ramping up their tactics.

Republicans claim the site is vulnerable to cyber attack as Democrats are mounting an all-out advertising drive to attract enrollees.

Over the weekend, the Republican-led House of Representatives had three oversight meetings to address issues with the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Two of those meetings were geared toward ongoing concerns that the website remains vulnerable to hackers.

During one of the Republican-led hearings, a cybersecurity professional warned that nearly three months after the disastrous rollout of the ACA website, the federal government has yet to implement the fixes necessary to protect the website from hackers.

"It seems to defy common sense that a website plagued with functional problems was, in fact, perfectly secure by design," said Darrell Issa, R-CA, in an interview with Reuters. Issa is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The Democrats meanwhile are staging an advertising blitz promoting Obamacare as the deadline nears.

On Thursday they released six hours worth of clips on YouTube, attempting to drive enrollment among 18- to 34-year-olds. The presentation was called "Tell a Friend - Get Covered" and included celebrity interviews and performances, all attempting to reach out a younger generation of enrollees.

The administration is also planning on airing a media campaign in the markets with the highest rates of uninsured during the upcoming Winter Olympics to promote the healthcare coverage under the ACA, according to CNN.

The federal government is hoping to have 2.5 million 18- to 34-year-olds signed up by the deadline, but the administration released figures in mid-January saying that only 24 percent of that number enrolled from October through December.

Younger, healthier enrollees are vital to the sustainability of Obamacare because they will offset the cost of the older, less healthy enrollees and prevent insurers from raising their rates.

If not enough young people enroll, insurance rates under Obamacare could shoot up in 2015.

Those who are uninsured must enroll by the deadline or they could face a penalty of $95, or 1 percent of their income - whichever is the highest.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly