Obama administration

Help offered for state-run health care websites

Help offered for state-run health care websites

States that have experienced technical problems running their own health care enrollment websites are getting some help from the Obama administration. The administration quietly issued a health law fix Thursday to help those states. Several Democratic-led states, including Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts and Hawaii, are still trying to solve website problems that have eclipsed those experienced […]

Obama lowers expectations for health care enrollments

Obama lowers expectations for health care enrollments

The Obama administration is trying to lower expectations for strong initial enrollments under the president’s historic expansion of health coverage for the medically uninsured. Facing ongoing problems with the enrollment website, Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner told Congress on Tuesday that “we expect the initial numbers to be small.” An internal memo obtained by The Associated […]

Sebelius headed for tough grilling on Capitol Hill

Sebelius headed for tough grilling on Capitol Hill

Republicans said Sunday they intend to press Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administration’s troubled launch of healthcare.gov, the online portal to buy insurance, and concerns about the privacy of information that applicants submit under the new system. Meanwhile, the healthcare.gov application and enrollment system was down Sunday afternoon because the […]

Secret court reauthorizes spying on Americans

Secret court reauthorizes spying on Americans

The authority used by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence monitor telephone conversations as part of a program to spy on Americans expired Friday. No problem.  Under orders from the Obama administration, the program simply instructed the secret court that allows such invasion of the rights of Americans to reauthorize the classified program […]

Obama may step up support of gay marriage through Supreme Court

Obama may step up support of gay marriage through Supreme Court

Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage — a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country. The administration has one week to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices outlining its opinion on […]

Obama quietly shutters plan to help those difficult to insure

Obama quietly shutters plan to help those difficult to insure

Citing financial concerns, the Obama administration has begun quietly winding down one of the earliest programs created by the president’s health care overhaul, a plan that helps people with medical problems who can’t get private insurance. In an afternoon teleconference with state counterparts, administration officials said Friday the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will stop taking […]

As usual, Obama lied in some claims in State of the Union

As usual, Obama lied in some claims in State of the Union

President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound. A look at some of the claims in his State of the Union speech, a glance at the Republican […]

Hillary Clinton leaves Secretary of State post

Hillary Clinton leaves Secretary of State post

Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America’s 67th secretary of state, capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. In a letter sent to President Barack Obama shortly before she was to leave the State Department for the last time in her official capacity, Clinton thanked her […]

Hillary Clinton exits State Department with a jab at critics

Hillary Clinton exits State Department with a jab at critics

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration‘s handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack don’t live in an “evidence-based world” and their refusal to “accept […]

Obama’s controversial EPA administrator resigns

Obama’s controversial EPA administrator resigns

The Obama administration‘s chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation’s economy and people’s health. Jackson, the agency’s first black administrator, […]