The Affordable Care Act dominated national headlines throughout 2013 and President Barack Obama faced tough criticism during nearly every stage of the rollout. Cheryl Wills takes a look at what made national news in the first part of a series.
The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act led President Barack Obama to offer a mea culpa in November.
After promising Americans that if they liked their insurance plan they could keep it, a public outcry ensued after millions of policies were cancelled because of the federal health care law.
And then, the website failed. Healthcare.gov was designed to handle some 50,000 concurrent users, but when it debuted on October 1, some 200,000 users could not log on.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was grilled by a House subcommittee on Capitol Hill and she explained that glitches were to blame. Still under sharp attack by the GOP, enrollment levels are far below expectations.
Bombs and bloodshed at the Boston Marathon on April 15 as two brothers were accused of placing two pressure cookers, stuffed with explosives, near the finish line on Boylston Street.
When they detonated at 2:49 p.m., three people were killed and more than 250 others were injured.
Within days, the FBI tracked down Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. After a firefight in a nearby suburb, Tamerlan was killed, but Dzhokhar escaped and was later captured.
The 20 year old suspect may face the death penalty when he goes on trial in 2014.
From October 1 through 17, the federal government was shutdown. The Republican led-House initiated the move, which led to some 800,000 federal workers losing pay.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were among the many national landmarks closed during the third longest government shutdown in U.S. history.