Obamacare, with 7.1 million signed up, hits goal

'The debate over repealing this law is over,' says Obama

Obamacare, with 7.1 million signed up, hits goal

Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law, an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats facing re-election this fall. “The debate over repealing this law is over,” he declared. Despite lingering problems with […]

Enrollment blizzard at Obamacare deadline

Wait times for callers lasted up to two hours

Enrollment blizzard at Obamacare deadline

A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. In Louisiana, wait times for callers lasted up to two hours. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee received nearly […]

Obama returning home to face many problems

The health care sign-up website was taken down briefly Friday as consumer interest surged.

Obama returning home to face many problems

A week of international prodding, outreach and reassurance behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama is returning to Washington amid looming domestic and foreign challenges, from a fast-approaching deadline for health care enrollment to renewed worries about Russia’s intentions in Eastern Europe. Obama left Saudi Arabia on Saturday, a day after meeting with the country’s aging […]

Obamacare sign-up deadline Monday

Here's what you need to know

Obamacare sign-up deadline Monday

Monday is the deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama’s health care law. So far, about 4 out of every 5 people enrolling have qualified for tax credits to reduce the cost of their premiums. Here’s what you need to know: — The deadline […]

Opposition to Obamacare remains high

At least 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act

Opposition to Obamacare remains high

Public support for President Barack Obama’s health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll. The Associated Press-GfK survey finds that 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. Yet even fewer — 13 percent — think it will be […]

Obama claims six million signed up for Obamacare

'I think the program is finally starting to hit its stride'

Obama claims six million signed up for Obamacare

Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama’s heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets. The announcement — four days before open enrollment season ends Monday — fulfills a revised goal set by the Congressional Budget Office and embraced […]

White House wants pay hikes for workers who get tips

If gratuities fall short, one in 10 workers earn less than the minimum wage

White House wants pay hikes for workers who get tips

The White House said on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for workers who receive tips would disproportionately benefit low-income women and help close the gender pay gap in which men earn higher pay than women. The federal minimum wage for workers who receive tips is $2.13 an hour – well below the minimum wage of […]

Ukraine crisis also a crisis for Obama in public approval

More Americans than ever disapprove of the way Obama is doing his job

Ukraine crisis also a crisis for Obama in public approval

Foreign policy used to stand out as a not-so-bleak spot in the public’s waning assessment of Barack Obama. Not anymore. He’s getting low marks for handling Russia’s swoop into Ukraine, and more Americans than ever disapprove of the way Obama is doing his job, according to a new AP-GfK poll. Despite the poor performance reviews, […]

Obama to propose end to NSA ‘phone sweeps’

The proposal would end the government's practice of sweeping up the phone records of millions of Americans

Obama to propose end to NSA ‘phone sweeps’

The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans’ phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as they do […]

Obama using data to force focus on climate change

The administration has made more of an effort to connect global warming to its effect on people

Obama using data to force focus on climate change

The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. The White House on Wednesday announced an initiative to provide private companies and local governments better access to already public climate data. The idea is that with that localized data they can help the public understand […]

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