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Republicans now have a say in insurance cancellation debacle

Republicans now have a say in insurance cancellation debacle

First, President Barack Obama had his say on reversing millions of insurance cancellations issued under the health care program known by his name. Now House Republicans are taking their turn. Neither maneuver is likely to be the last, with insurance companies and state commissioners alike warning that premiums will rise if changes are made this […]

Democrats mad at low turnout, broken promises of Obamacare

Democrats mad at low turnout, broken promises of Obamacare

Add simmering Democratic discontent to the problems plaguing “Obamacare,” now that first-month enrollment figures are out. The White House is rushing to come up with an unspecified fix as early as this week to counter the millions of health coverage cancellations going to consumers, at the same time it promises improvements in a federal website […]

Hike in jobs numbers defied government shutdown

Hike in jobs numbers defied government shutdown

The government shutdown may have affected October’s jobs numbers. But not how you think. For weeks, the White House had been bracing for a bad report on hiring. Like pregame analysts ahead of a lopsided sports match, White House economists and aides lowered expectations and blamed October’s partial government shutdown for the inevitable bad news […]

White House uses Twitter to spin issues

White House uses Twitter to spin issues

Besieged by unflattering stories about the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare program, the White House saw a news report that it wanted to swiftly knock down. It was from NBC, which said that Obama had overpromised when he said Americans who liked their insurance could keep it, and that the president knew that many […]

Unity within the fractured Democratic Party is short-lived

Unity within the fractured Democratic Party is short-lived

Just two weeks after President Barack Obama saw his Democratic Party put up an unyielding front against Republicans, his coalition is showing signs of stress. From health care to spying to pending budget deals, many congressional Democrats are challenging the administration and pushing for measures that the White House has not embraced. Some Democrats are […]

Say what? America may stop spying on its allies?

Say what? America may stop spying on its allies?

Faced with a flood of revelations about U.S. spying practices, the White House is considering ending its eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders, a senior administration official said. A final decision has not been made and the move is still under review, the official said. But the fact that it is even being considered underscores the […]

White House admits need to crack down on NSA spying

White House admits need to crack down on NSA spying

The White House said on Monday that some constraints are needed in U.S. surveillance practices in the wake of embarrassing revelations about the sweeping nature of U.S. spying. The comment came a week after President Barack Obama drew heavy criticism over accusations that the National Security Agency had tapped the mobile phone of German Chancellor […]

Healthcare web site developers blame White House for snafus

Healthcare web site developers blame White House for snafus

The principal contractors responsible for the federal government’s trouble-plagued health insurance website say the Obama administration shares responsibility for the snags that have crippled the system. Executives of CGI Federal, which built the federal HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states, and QSSI, which designed the part that verifies applicants’ income and other personal details, are testifying […]

White House goes into damage control mode on Obamacare

White House goes into damage control mode on Obamacare

The White House sought to limit the political damage from the troubled rollout of the government’s healthcare website on Wednesday as Republicans increased the pressure to delay parts of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy. Obama administration officials held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in the House of Representatives and a private session with insurance […]