Obamacare

Even with problems, President says ‘stick with Obamacare’

Even with problems, President says ‘stick with Obamacare’

The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama’s health care law even as embarrassing problems with the flagship website continue to mount. The website’s troubled debut was overshadowed by the partial government shutdown that started the same day the website […]

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 […]

Divided Congress enters crucial week in budget, debt fight

Divided Congress enters crucial week in budget, debt fight

As the U.S. government moved into the second week of a shutdown on Monday with no end in sight, a deadlocked U.S. Congress also confronted an October 17 deadline to increase the nation’s borrowing power or risk default. The last big confrontation over the debt ceiling, in August, 2011, ended with an eleventh-hour agreement under […]

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

With their leadership clinging to its strategy of demanding changes to the health care law, some rank-and-file Republicans acknowledged Saturday that ending the US government shutdown requires a new game plan. Without question, a repeal or delay of the law known as “Obamacare” remains a top priority for Republican lawmakers, who for weeks have insisted […]

No urgency found among politically safe lawmakers

No urgency found among politically safe lawmakers

The government shutdown could last for many days or even weeks because politically safe lawmakers in both parties feel little pressure to compromise. Heavily gerrymandered districts make many House Democrats and Republicans virtual shoo-ins for re-election, insulating them from everything but the views in their slice of the country. That means some lawmakers can be […]

Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

Growing rifts among Republicans complicate funding bill efforts

A trio of Tea Party-backed U.S. senators threatening to stall a bill to fund the U.S. government ran into a wall of resistance Monday from top Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In statements issued Monday evening, McConnell and the second-ranking Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, made it clear that they would not support […]

Rapid right continues useless fight to defund Obamacare

Rapid right continues useless fight to defund Obamacare

Emboldened conservatives who forced House Republican leaders to push a stopgap spending bill that unravels President Barack Obama’s health care law are digging in for a long fight, determined to stop “Obamacare” before the first individual signs up in less than two weeks. Just ask the two lawmakers — one a first-term businessman from North […]

Boehner to GOP: Don’t use Obamacare to threaten shutdown

Boehner to GOP: Don’t use Obamacare to threaten shutdown

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner warned rank-and-file Republicans in a conference call on Thursday against using the threat of a government shutdown to stop the implementation of Obamacare, according to people on the call. On the call, Boehner reminded Republicans of the political backlash their party suffered when the government shut down in 1995-1996, […]

Obamacare delays shore up immigration reform critics

Obamacare delays shore up immigration reform critics

For many House conservatives, President Barack Obama’s decision to delay a central provision of his health care law has emerged as a major arguing point — not against that law but in opposition to immigration legislation. In the weeks since the announcement that employers won’t have to provide health insurance for another year, complaints have […]

Boehner declares Obamacare ‘the law of the land’

Boehner declares Obamacare ‘the law of the land’

Speaker of the House John Boehner, displaying a rare admission of the obvious, Thursday declared Obamacare the “law of the land” and said he would no longer pursue the highly-political and fruitless strategy of trying to ram through a repeal in Congress.” “The election changes that,” Boehner said in an interview with ABC News.  “It’s […]