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Immigration activists hope to stop deportations

Immigration activists hope to stop deportations

President Barack Obama’s surprise announcement last week that his administration would change its deportation policy to become more “humane” shows how the immigration battle has narrowed after months of congressional deadlock. As recently as last year, immigrant rights activists, along with an unusually broad coalition of business, labor and religious groups, were united in their […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Longtime Obama aide calling it quits

Longtime Obama aide calling it quits

A top White House official who has been with President Barack Obama since he first became a senator nine years ago is resigning. Alyssa Mastromonaco is Obama’s deputy chief of staff for operations and often described as the most influential person inside the White House who isn’t well known outside of it. She is responsible […]

Latino leader calls Obama the ‘deporter in chief’

Latino leader calls Obama the ‘deporter in chief’

The president of a prominent Latino advocacy group called President Barack Obama the “deporter in chief,” denouncing the administration’s deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants. Janet Murguia, who heads the National Council of La Raza, also directed her anger and frustration at House Republicans for stalling on immigration legislation, which is languishing some eight months […]