Health care

Obama’s health care problem

Obama’s health care problem

President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they’d be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted “no.” Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law’s six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical […]

Republicans unsure on how they will change Obamacare

Republicans unsure on how they will change Obamacare

Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul if they win control of Congress. But with what? Not even they know. Some have proposed major changes to workplace coverage, even turning Medicare into a voucher plan. Many prefer small steps that tiptoe around political land mines. Others want a clean […]

Obama lied about health care costs

Obama lied about health care costs

When a government report found that President Barack Obama’s health overhaul would modestly raise the nation’s total health care tab, the White House responded with a statistic suggesting costs would go down. Health reform director Nancy-Ann DeParle wrote on the White House blog last week that the same government report indicates spending per insured person […]

Facts don’t support hype of Obama’s failed health care law

Facts don’t support hype of Obama’s failed health care law

President Barack Obama told voters repeatedly during the health care debate that the overhaul legislation would bring down fast-rising health care costs and save them money. Now, he’s hemming and hawing on that. So far, the law he signed earlier this year hasn’t had the desired effect. An analysis from Medicare’s Office of the Actuary […]

John Boehner: Speaker in waiting?

John Boehner: Speaker in waiting?

John Boehner could walk down most American streets without turning a head. But the perpetually tanned, chain-smoking Ohioan might be the next House speaker and a huge force in national politics, trying to manage an increasingly libertarian-leaning Republican caucus while leading the opposition to President Barack Obama. For those who know Boehner (pronounced BAY’-nur), the […]

When children become their parent’s parent

When children become their parent’s parent

Three years ago, my then 83-year-old mother fell at home and fractured a vertebrae in her back. She didn’t tell anyone about the fall and told us she strained her back. Over the next several weeks, her “strained back” got worse. Six months after the fall, she couldn’t get out of bed. Over her protests, […]

Obama’s freefall continues

Obama’s freefall continues

President Barack Obama earned his lowest marks ever on his handling of the economy in a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also found that an overwhelming majority of Americans now describe the nation’s financial outlook as poor. A frustrated electorate could take it out on the party in power — Obama’s Democrats — in the […]

Independents turn thumbs down on Democrats

Independents turn thumbs down on Democrats

Independents who embraced President Barack Obama‘s call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that’s worrisome news for Democrats. Only 32 percent of those citing no allegiance to either major party say they want Democrats to keep control of Congress in this November’s elections, according to combined results of recent Associated […]

Gibbs don’t need no stinkin’ apology

Gibbs don’t need no stinkin’ apology

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday he might have said things differently when he lashed out at liberals he called the “professional left” and suggested some of them should be drug tested. But he told his daily White house briefing that he’s certainly not leaving his job over the remark, as at least […]

Feds drop ball on Medicare fraud cases

Feds drop ball on Medicare fraud cases

They don’t seem that interested in hot pursuit. It took private sleuths hired by Medicare an average of six months last year to refer fraud cases to law enforcement. According to congressional investigators, the exact average was 178 days. By that time, many cases go cold, making it difficult to catch perpetrators, much less recover […]