Barack Obama

Ignoring Obama veto threat, House passes insurance bill

Ignoring Obama veto threat, House passes insurance bill

Brushing aside a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House voted Friday to let insurance companies sell individual health coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of the required standards in “Obamacare.” In all, 39 Democrats broke ranks and supported the legislation, a total that underscored the political importance of a controversial issue […]

Official warned in July that HeathCare.gov would ‘crash’

Official warned in July that HeathCare.gov would ‘crash’

Almost three months before the botched launch of HealthCare.gov, a U.S. health official expressed frustration with a main contractor working on the website, fearing quality assurance issues could “crash the plane at take-off,” according to government documents obtained by Reuters. The documents were released by Republican investigators with the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce […]

Republicans now have a say in insurance cancellation debacle

Republicans now have a say in insurance cancellation debacle

First, President Barack Obama had his say on reversing millions of insurance cancellations issued under the health care program known by his name. Now House Republicans are taking their turn. Neither maneuver is likely to be the last, with insurance companies and state commissioners alike warning that premiums will rise if changes are made this […]

Obama reverses, moves to stop insurance cancellations

Obama reverses, moves to stop insurance cancellations

His personal and political credibility on the line, President Barack Obama reversed course Thursday and said millions of Americans should be allowed to renew individual coverage plans now ticketed for cancellation under the health care law that is likely to be at the heart of the 2014 elections. The immediate impact on consumers was unclear, […]

Another sex scandal rocks the Secret Service

Another sex scandal rocks the Secret Service

More than 18 months after a prostitution scandal in South America rocked the Secret Service, the agency in charge of protecting the president is investigating another case of suspected sexual misconduct in its ranks. This time, two supervisory agents assigned to President Barack Obama’s protective detail have been investigated for misconduct involving sexually suggestive emails […]

Mounting woes for problem-plagued Obamacare debacle

Mounting woes for problem-plagued Obamacare debacle

A tiny fraction of the hoped-for millions have signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the government said on Wednesday, highlighting the scale of problems bedeviling Obama’s biggest domestic policy achievement. The law also confronted its most threatening legislative challenge since enactment in 2010, with Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley agreeing to […]

Obamacare signups fall way short of goal

Obamacare signups fall way short of goal

Putting a statistic on disappointment, the Obama administration revealed Wednesday that fewer than 27,000 people signed up for private health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on a problem-filled federal website. States running their own enrollment systems did better, signing up more than 79,000, for a total enrollment of over 106,000. Still, that […]