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Obama to meet with tech executives Tuesday

By Josh Richman
Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 2:30 pm in Obama presidency, Technology in politics.

President Obama will meet Tuesday with executives from leading tech companies – including some notable Bay Area names – to discuss progress made in addressing the glitches and breakdowns that plagued the HealthCare.gov website, a White House official said Monday.

In addition to talking about the botched rollout of the website – the portal connecting people seeking individual insurance policies under the nation’s new health care law – Obama and the tech executives will discuss how government can better deliver information technology “to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service,” the official said.

Also on the agenda: “national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures,” and ways that the Obama administration can partner with the tech sector “to grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”

Here’s the list of tech executives expected at the meeting:

  • Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
  • Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
  • Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
  • Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix
  • Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox
  • Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!
  • Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce
  • Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga
  • Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global
  • Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast
  • Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn
  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
  • Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
  • Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
  • Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T
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    • JohnW

      Tim Cook can advise Obama on Apple’s botched rollout of the company’s proprietary mapping replacement for Google Maps. Marissa Mayer and Randall Stephenson can advise on Yahoo and sbcglobalnet’s recent e-mail outage that lasted days.

    • Elwood
    • Elwood

      The Obamacare cluster**** gets worse with each passing day and each stupid Obama administration decision.

      http://blog.sfgate.com/pender/2013/12/20/obama-waives-individual-mandate-for-those-losing-coverage/

    • JohnW

      500 thousand enrolled through the federal website in November, not counting enrollment through the state-run exchanges.

      GOP in 2008: Republican governor in Massachusetts shows the way on health care reform. Individual mandate is the way to go. Personal responsibility. No more free loaders.

      Candidate Obama in 2008: opposes individual mandate. Hillary and John Edwards favor it.

      Insurance companies in 2009: No individual mandate, we take our ball and go home.

      Obama changes mind on individual mandate.

      Democrats in 2010: pass health insurance reform featuring exchanges and an individual mandate.

      GOP in 2011: Individual mandate is unconstitutional.

      Supreme Court in 2012: Individual mandate is constitutional.

      GOP presidential candidate in 2012: I’m proud of what I did in Massachusetts. But it’s no good when Democrats do it.

      GOP in October 2013: Obama delayed the employer mandate. He should be fair and delay the individual mandate too.”

      Obama in December: waives individual mandate for people whose current plans were terminated and who don’t want to purchase one of the approved new plans offered by insurers.

      GOP in December: “Waaaaa! Obama doesn’t have the legal authority to waive the mandate.

    • Elwood

      It’s still a cluster**** which the incompetent Obama administration will continue to make worse as they miss target after target and change the rules again and again.

      So far they’ve signed up about 1/3 of what they were shooting for at this time.

      As we learn more about Obamacare, the website seems to be the best part of it.

    • JohnW

      We’ll see how it plays out in the end. The pace of enrollments through both the state and federal exchanges has picked up dramatically, as predicted. And judging by information in California and Kentucky, it’s not just the old and sick signing up.

      Insurance is not affordable. The only reason employer sponsored insurance seems reasonable and affordable is that most of the cost is borne by the employer and invisible to the employee. That employer contribution is subsidized by the government through the tax exemption.

      Under Obamacare, the government subsidy substitutes for the taxpayer supported employer subsidy. However, people above the income threshold (about $95k for a family) are seeing the full sticker price. And, unlike people with employer insurance, they have to pay for it with after-tax dollars.

    • Elwood

      “We’ll see how it plays out in the end.”

      Repent! The end is near!

    • JohnW

      It’s messy and will help Republicans in 2014, but it ain’t going away.