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Official who made big healthcare website decision a frequent White House visitor

mharris Wrote: Oct 25, 2013 7:00 AM
Wait a minute. This Chao bureaucrat met frequently with the White House healthcare official, Jeanne Lambrew? If Sebelius is Sec. of HHS, what role does a White House healthcare official play? Just WHO is making these decisions? WHO is writing all of these damn rules? WHO is in charge?

By Gabriel Debenedetti and Susan Cornwell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government official identified as being responsible for a last-minute decision that helped jam up the Obamacare health insurance website has been a frequent presence at the White House, according to visitor logs.

Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was named Thursday in congressional testimony as the one who ordered the lead contractor to make consumers register before browsing for price information, a step avoided by popular online shopping sites such as Amazon.com.

As a result of this decision made just two...