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Republicans oppose renewing jobless benefits

Republicans oppose renewing jobless benefits

Republicans controlling the House oppose a drive by Democrats to renew jobless benefits averaging less than $300 a week nationwide for the long-term unemployed, a senior GOP lawmaker said Tuesday. “I don’t see much appetite on our side for continuing this extension of benefits,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. “I just don’t.” Benefits for 1.3 […]

Obama struggles to move past the HealthCare.gov debacle

Obama struggles to move past the HealthCare.gov debacle

Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public’s attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law. President Barack Obama will focus on those benefits at a White House event Tuesday. […]

Is HealthCare.gov’s debacle a Waterloo for Obamacare?

Is HealthCare.gov’s debacle a Waterloo for Obamacare?

Enrollment in Obamacare is falling far short of the President’s grandiose predictions and is expected to increase pressure from both Republicans and Democrats to at least delay implementation of the program. With fewer than 50,000 Americans signed through the end of October, the problem-plagued health care “reform” is becoming an increasingly potent political issue for […]

Medicaid: The one government health care success story

Medicaid:  The one government health care success story

The underdog of government health care programs is emerging as the rare early success story of President Barack Obama’s technologically challenged health overhaul. Often dismissed, Medicaid has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states in the six weeks since open enrollment began, according to Avalere Health, a market analysis firm that compiled data from those […]

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration’s showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions […]

Obamacare rollout pretty much of a error-prone debacle

Obamacare rollout pretty much of a error-prone debacle

Last week, President Barack Obama gathered some of his top advisers in the Oval Office to discuss the problem-plagued rollout of his health care legislation. He told his team the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not having the health care website ready to operate on Day […]

Lousy reviews so far for Obama’s health exchange marketplace

Lousy reviews so far for Obama’s health exchange marketplace

The government’s new health insurance marketplaces are drawing lots of rotten tomatoes in early reviews, but people are at least checking them out. Seven percent of Americans report that somebody in their household has tried to sign up for insurance through the health care exchanges, according to an AP-GfK poll. While that’s a small percentage, […]

Tight budgets, more income gap

Tight budgets, more income gap

On the fifth anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse, President Barack Obama says the Republican focus on budget tightening could widen income disparities in the nation even as the economy climbs out of a debilitating recession. Trying to lay claim to an economic turnaround, Obama acknowledged that despite progress, middle and low-income Americans have not […]

Half on Obamacare could need federal aid

About half the people who now buy their own health insurance — and potentially would face higher premiums next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law — would qualify for federal tax credits to offset rate shock, according to a new private study. Many other people, however, earn too much money to be eligible […]

In a rare Congressional compromise, student loan bill hits Obama’s desk

In a rare Congressional compromise, student loan bill hits Obama’s desk

At a time when compromise appeared impossible in a gridlocked Congress, a bipartisan deal on the student loan program somehow emerged from Capitol Hill and is set for signing Friday by President Barack Obama. The compromise, which will save college students who borrow money for get an education thousands of dollars in interest charges, on […]