Health care reform’s growing pains

It’s a centerpiece of President Barack Obama‘s health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable. But the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan started this summer isn’t living up to expectations. Enrollment lags in many parts of the country. People who could benefit may not be able to afford the premiums. Some state officials who run their own “high-risk pools” have pointed out potential problems. “The federal risk pool has definitely provided critical access, in some cases lifesaving access, to health insurance,” said Amie Goldman, chair of a national association of state
Read More

Obama tries to reverse falling Democratic fortunes

President Barack Obama will travel to the Midwestern state of Wisconsin Monday as part of a broad effort to stem ebbing political support over the slowing economic recovery. The president will deliver remarks on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest, a labor union gathering, one of many held around the country as America celebrates Labor Day. On Saturday, Obama vowed to expand a prosperous middle class and help his compatriots achieve the American Dream. “This Labor Day, we should recommit ourselves to our time-honored values and to this fundamental truth: to heal our economy, we need more than a healthy
Read More

Obama’s campaign plan: Blame Republicans for everything

President Barack Obama continued his blame game Monday, traveling to America’s heartland and saying all the failures of his administration is the fault of Republicans. Republicans, he said, are the party of “no, we can’t.” President Barack Obama derided his Republican adversaries on a visit to the US heartland Monday, saying their slogan for the upcoming mid-term elections was “No, we can’t.” “You remember when I was running? We had a little slogan, ‘Yes, we can.’ These guys’ slogan is ‘No, we can’t,'” Obama declared in Wisconsin. Obama’s campaign sqing takes him to five states in three days, hedgehopping the
Read More

Can Obama restore consumer confidence in economy?

A day after consumer concerns about the economy sent stocks sliding, President Barack Obama is trying to assure the American people that the economic recovery is headed in the right direction. Obama is visiting Wisconsin on Wednesday to speak about the economy in Racine before taking questions in a town hall meeting. The president is facing a public that is pessimistic about the economy. The latest Consumer Confidence Index, released Tuesday, showed its biggest drop since February and indicated Americans aren’t in the mood to spend. Those factors are worrying businesses and investors: The Dow Jones industrial average closed down
Read More

David Obey calling it quits

In a major blow to President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the US Congress, one of their top leaders in the House announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection in November. Representative David Obey of Wisconsin, powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, had faced a battle for a new term amid deep voter anger at lawmakers in Washington, especially Democrats. “Frankly, I hate to do it; there is so much that needs to be done. But even more frankly, I am bone-tired,” the 71-year-old Obey, who has served in the House of Representatives since 1969, told reporters. Obey, whose
Read More