Starting in 2015, Obamacare will cover gay couples

Starting in 2015, Obamacare will cover gay couples

Married gay couples will be eligible for a family health policy under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, beginning in 2015, the U.S. government said on Friday, encouraging insurers to begin offering coverage this year. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also announced it would extend for one month a temporary program that […]

Paul Ryan to try and soothe over racist remarks

Paul Ryan to try and soothe over racist remarks

Republican Representative Paul Ryan on Friday agreed to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus after members of the group branded his remarks about inner-city poverty this week “highly offensive”. The controversy began on Wednesday after Ryan said on William Bennett’s talk radio show, “Morning in America,” that there was a “tailspin of culture, in our […]

Obama: Enough sign-ups to make Obamacare work

Obama: Enough sign-ups to make Obamacare work

President Barack Obama, aiming to allay concerns about the viability of his signature healthcare law, said on Friday enough people have enrolled to make its insurance marketplaces stable. “Well, at this point, enough people are signing up that the Affordable Care Act is going to work,” Obama said in an interview with the medical website […]

Rep. Dingell slated to undergo heart procedure

Rep. Dingell slated to undergo heart procedure

Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest serving member in the history of the U.S. Congress, will undergo a minimally invasive procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, his office said Thursday in a statement. Dingell, 87, who joined Congress in 1955, announced in February that he would retire from the U.S. House of Representatives after […]

Republicans credit Obamacare in Florida House election

Republicans credit Obamacare in Florida House election

The Republican Party’s leadership was quick to claim their win in Tuesday’s special congressional election on Florida’s west coast as a landmark victory over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, according to political analysts. But local Florida analysts say the narrow result was more likely a reflection of the district’s voter make-up, low turnout, and […]

Obama flip-flops on Medicare drug coverage

Obama flip-flops on Medicare drug coverage

The Obama administration, in an abrupt about-face, said on Monday it would drop proposed changes to Medicare drug coverage that met wide opposition on grounds they would harm health benefits for the elderly and disabled. Late last week, more than 370 organizations representing insurers, drug makers, pharmacies, health providers and patients urged the Centers for […]