Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Is Obamacare costing Americans full-time jobs? Not really

Is Obamacare costing Americans full-time jobs? Not really

There is little evidence that employers are sacrificing full-time jobs by hiring more part-timers or reducing existing employee hours because of the costs of providing health coverage under Obamacare. Conservative Republicans have pointed to the high level of part-time employment as evidence businesses are cutting hours for staff in response to the new healthcare law, […]

Ohio board hands President a major victory for Obamacare

Ohio board hands President a major victory for Obamacare

An Ohio legislative panel on Monday voted in favor of the state expanding its Medicaid program for the poor, in a victory for President Barack Obama’s signature federal health reform law. The decision permits Governor John Kasich, a Republican who otherwise opposes the reform law known as the Affordable Care Act, to bypass the state’s […]

Obama: ‘There’s no sugar coating’ health care rollout problems

Obama: ‘There’s no sugar coating’ health care rollout problems

President Barack Obama on Monday said there was “no excuse” for the cascade of computer problems that have marred the rollout of key elements in his health care law, but declared he was confident the administration would be able to fix the issues. “There’s no sugarcoating it,” Obama said. “Nobody is more frustrated than I […]

Obama expected to acknowledge problems with Obamacare rollout

Obama expected to acknowledge problems with Obamacare rollout

President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law’s rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the glitches. Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first health care-focused event since the cascade of computer problems became apparent. The troublesome rollout of the health […]

Lots of people lost but did anyone win in the government shutdown?

Lots of people lost but did anyone win in the government shutdown?

With most of the government workforce back on the job and Uncle Sam able to borrow what it needs to pay bills for the next three months, the question everyone is asking is:  “Did anyone win?” The simple answer, of course, is “no.”  Dysfunctional conditions that led to the first government shutdown in 17 years […]

It’s finally over. Congress approves debt, budget deal

It’s finally over.  Congress approves debt, budget deal

After weeks of wrangling, 16 days of partial shutdown, and less less than two hours before the deadline for the government to lose its borrowing authority, Congress approved a last-minute compromise bill that puts the government back to work and allows the U.S. Treasury to continue borrowing money — sending the legislation to President Barack […]

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

Health care law opponents smiling and saying ‘told you so’

The glitch-ridden rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law has opponents crowing: “Told you so!” and insisting it should be paused, if not scrapped. But others, including insurance companies, say there’s still enough time to fix the online enrollment system before uninsured Americans start getting coverage on Jan. 1. After emergency repairs over the […]

When insanity walks the halls of Congress, America is the loser

When insanity walks the halls of Congress, America is the loser

Before forcing the United States government into a shutdown that nobody but the extreme right wing of their own party wanted, Republicans were warned by just about everyone that such action would hurt the GOP most of all. But the party of the elephant apparently lacks the memory attributed to the animal that serves as […]

Obamacare web site ‘down for repairs’

Obamacare web site ‘down for repairs’

It’s not the sign the Obama administration wants people to see on its health overhaul website: Down for repairs. Using overnight hours this weekend to debug the system, the Health and Human Service Department hopes to fix the technological problems that overwhelmed the launch of new health insurance markets. Glitches have frustrated millions of consumers […]

Boehner stands fast and then claims Obama won’t negotiate

Boehner stands fast and then claims Obama won’t negotiate

Speaker of the House John Boehner and other House and Senate leaders went into a meeting with President Barack Obama Wednesday with marching orders from the rabid right wing of the Republican Party to stand firm and “not give an inch” and then came out of the 90 minute session and, as expected, accused the […]

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