1. Healthcare.gov full of glitches, preventing thousands from signing up for health coverage
The launch of the federal health insurance exchange, Healthcare.gov, on Oct. 1, experienced major glitches as thousands of Americans in 36 states attempted to log on to shop for health insurance. The political fall-out made this the story that kept making headlines day after day. The administration blamed unexpectedly high traffic, and software and system design flaws. As a result of the glitch-ridden website coupled with a looming Jan. 1 deadline to acquire health insurance, the Obama administration quietly released a last-minute deadline extension. State websites, including the Massachusetts Health Connector have also been plagued with problems that have prevented many state residents from signing up for needed health insurance by Dec. 31.