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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Dylan

At the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight hearing Thursday on HealthCare.gov's troubled launch, an executive for one of the project's top software companies stressed to members that the insurance marketplace was a first-of-its-kind technological endeavor.

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Republicans aren't alone in their sharp critiques of HealthCare.gov's troubled rollout and assertions that changes are needed to the Affordable Care Act as a result. A growing group of congressional Democrats has started saying the same thing in the last few days, which could complicate things for the White House as it seeks to right the Obamacare ship.

The White House hopes to keep a unified Democratic caucus behind the health insurance marketplace, as Republicans seize on its problematic launch to call for changes to the ACA. But in the last few days, there have been signs of cracks in party unity.

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A group of health insurance CEOs is attending a White House meeting Wednesday with senior administration officials to discuss the problems with the launch of Obamacare's health insurance marketplaces, Press Secretary Jay Carney said during a press briefing Wednesday.

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee asked John McAfee, the tech security guru who went on the lam in Central America last year under suspicion of murder, to examine the troubled rollout of Obamacare's online insurance website, according to CNBC.

The consultation never occured, but that didn't stop McAfee from sharing his thoughts with noted right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in an interview posted Tuesday on Jones's website.

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The White House strove Monday to explain why Obamacare's ugly opening act could still be salvaged. They exuded confidence that the technical problems of the last few weeks could be fixed and that the expected pattern for enrollment meant that people would still be able to get enrolled for coverage in time.

But there was one catch. Senior administration officials acknowledged that they're still taking stock of HealthCare.gov's underlying problems and analyzing what exactly it's going to take to fix them. That reality belies the public assurances that the problems will be fixed -- and pronto! Simply put, while progress is being made, Obamacare isn't out of the woods yet.

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