Obama Wasn’t Warned, 5 Million Lines of Code and Other HealthCare.gov News

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Follow key reporting on the Obama administration’s signature policy initiative.

The rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov, the website for people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, has garnered a lot of attention from the media as well as technology analysts. Here's our daily roundup of some of the key reports you may have missed:

President Obama was not informed of problems with HealthCare.gov before it’s Oct. 1 lauch, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tells CNN.

Online Obamacare feature can dramatically underestimate health plan costs, CBS reports.

Remember that open source code for portions of HealthCare.gov’s front end that the government posted to GitHub but then removed a few days after the site’s rocky launch? Officials said it was creating confusion. Curious developers have figured out how to get the code back, anyway, Wired reports.

Slate notes how misleading some reporting on HealthCare.gov has been in this explainer. The claim that 5 million lines of code may need to be rewritten, for instance, can mean a pamphlet’s worth or a novel’s worth of actual text depending on how code is formatted.

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, who’s leading the charge to investigate HealthCare.gov’s failures, also took the first stab at being funny -- or cutting, depending on your position -- about the failures on Wednesday with a listicle titled 8 Cats Who Called 1-800-Obamacare but Still Couldn’t Get Health Care.