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  • President Barack Obama mentions actions in Congress before signing the "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" executive order, requiring prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Obamacare subsidy challengers ask Supreme Court to take up pivotal case

    By The Washington Times

    A quartet of Virginians have asked the Supreme Court to take up a lawsuit that says Obamacare's subsidies should not flow to states that decided to rely on the federal insurance exchange, little more than a week after a pair of federal appellate courts issued conflicting rulings on the issue. Published July 31, 2014

  • **FILE** Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat (Associated Press)

    Florida Sen. Bill Nelson blasts state's handling of health insurance policy

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Published July 31, 2014

  • **FILE** President Obama listens to Andres Cruz, second from left, as he has lunch with five young people at The Coupe restaurant in the Columbia Heights section of Washington on Jan. 10, 2014. The five are spearheading creative outreach efforts to connect with and help enroll young consumers through the Marketplaces or are interested in getting more involved with these efforts. Seated at the table with Obama at left is Anne Johnson. (Associated Press)

    Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Despite the conventional narrative, most of the "young invincibles" aged 19 to 34 who did not sign up for health insurance during Obamacare's first round cited cost, while only one in five said they just didn't expect to need coverage, according to Deloitte. Published July 31, 2014

  • **FILE** Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican (Associated Press)

    House GOP uses website hearing to slam Obamacare

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    House lawmakers spent just as much time praising or railing against Obamacare itself as it did on HealthCare.gov's failures — the main point of an oversight hearing Thursday morning — sparing a new employee of the Obama administration from absorbing much heat in the witness chair. Published July 31, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Rep. Timothy Murphy, Pennsylvania Republican. (Associated Press)

    Rep. Tim Murphy: GOP knew HealthCare.gov would be an 'unmitigated disaster'

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Rep. Tim Murphy reminded the public Thursday that House Republicans' suspicions last year about HealthCare.gov, the main Obamacare website, were proven correct when it turned out to be a costly "unmitigated disaster." Published July 31, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Ronald Brock moves his anti-Obamacare sign as protestors, press and passersby wait for decisions in the final days of the Supreme Court's term, in Washington, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Obamacare shoots premiums up by 88 percent in California

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Thanks to Obamacare, residents in California will be paying between 22 percent and 88 percent more for their health care premiums, the state insurance commissioner reported. Published July 30, 2014

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, to discuss the release of the annual Trustees Reports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    HHS: 'Donut hole' reforms saved Medicare enrollees $11.5 billion since 2010

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Hoping to spread good news about Medicare into a second day, the Obama administration said Tuesday that seniors and the disabled have saved $11.5 billion on prescriptions since the health care law passed in 2010. Published July 29, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Volunteer Stella Chambers, center, explains some of the Affordable Health Care Act to visitors to a health care coverage registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

    By Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    A key appeals court on Tuesday ruled that despite including a tax, Obamacare doesn't violate the Constitution's requirement that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, giving the Obama administration another health care win. Published July 29, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This Nov. 29, 2013, file photo shows a part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

    New Mexico decides to use HealthCare.gov for 2015

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    New Mexico has decided to use the federal HealthCare.gov website for another year instead of shifting to its own platform to enroll people in Obamacare plans, a new report said. Published July 29, 2014

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, center, flanked by Treasury Secretary and Managing Trustee Jacob J. Lew, left, and Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, speaks at a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, to discuss the release of the annual Trustees Reports. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Medicare trust fund to last 4 years longer: Obama administration

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Slowing health costs will keep the Medicare trust fund from going broke until 2030, or four year later than last year's projections, the Obama administration said Monday. Published July 28, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

    States confident on Obamacare subsidies despite rulings of courts

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    States shifting to the federal Obamacare Web platform this year — and those trying to get away from it — are confident their consumers can get government subsidies to help them pay for health coverage, even if the courts uphold a ruling that restricts the tax credits to insurance exchanges established by a state. Published July 27, 2014

  • President Barack Obama talks about his basketball game with customers at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles, Thursday, July 24, 2014, where he made a surprise appearance on the final day of his three-day West Coast trip. (AP Photo)

    House panel OKs resolution to sue president for Obamacare delays

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    The Republican-led House is set to take up a measure next week that authorizes Speaker John A. Boehner to sue President Obama over how he implemented parts of Obamacare, adding to the many legal squabbles that surround the health care overhaul this summer. Published July 24, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This May 28, 1999, file photo shows a new birth control pill container designed to look like a woman's makeup compact for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Inc., of Raritan, N.J., displayed at the manufacturer's assembly line. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)

    White House: More changes to contraception mandate coming

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    The White House is eyeing further changes to the controversial provision in the hopes of reaching something of a compromise with nonprofit charities and universities. Published July 23, 2014

  • Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee Democrat

    New Democratic caucus will pressure GOP governors to expand Medicaid

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Nearly three dozen Democrats have forged a congressional caucus to call on Republican-led states to expand Medicaid under President Obama's health care law. Published July 23, 2014

  • Rep. Charles Boustany, Lousiana Republican (Associated Press)

    GOP outraged Obamacare investigators able to get coverage with fake IDs

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Republican lawmakers said Wednesday their suspicions about Obamacare's anti-fraud measures have been validated and it is "egregious" that 11 out of 12 government investigators were able to get subsidized Obamacare over the phone. Published July 23, 2014

  • The E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. (associated press)

    Contrasting judgments on Obama's health care hours apart; appeals court calls subsidies unlawful

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Opponents of President Obama's health care law notched their biggest legal win to date Tuesday, when the second-most-powerful court in the country said the administration had unlawfully extended Obamacare subsidies to millions of Americans. Published July 23, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This handout photo provided by Pizza Hut, shows a hand-tossed pizza. Pizza Hut announced Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, it plans to start offering pizza by the slice for the first time in two test locations this week, as the chain looks to keep pace with trendy competitors offering quick, made-to-order pies. (AP Photo/Pizza Hut-HO)

    Top federal judge uses pizza to explain complex Obamacare situation

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Readers who made it to Page 42 of a lunchtime ruling on Obamacare's subsidies may have felt their stomach's grumble Tuesday, when a federal appeals judge resorted to pizza analogies to make his point. Published July 22, 2014

  • President Barack Obama shares a humorous moment with a group of doctors from around the country in the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009, prior to a health insurance reform event at the White House.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Millions of Americans are not entitled to government health insurance subsidies under Obamacare because of the way the law is written, a divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Published July 22, 2014

  • U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson holds a news conference on the steps of Wisconsin Eastern District Federal Courthouse Monday, July 7, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis. A government attorney is trying to persuade a federal judge in Green Bay to toss out Johnson's lawsuit challenging rules forcing congressional members and their employees to seek government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges. U.S. Justice Department attorney James Luh  told U.S. District Judge William Griesbach on Monday that Johnson can't sue because he hasn't shown how the rules have caused him any injury. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES

    Judge finds no grounds for senator to sue over fairness of Obamacare exchanges

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    A Republican senator had no grounds to sue the Obama administration over how it interpreted the part of Obamacare that forces members of Congress to get their health care insurance through the law's new exchanges, a federal judge ruled Monday. Published July 21, 2014

  • **FILE** Applicants line up outside the SEIU-UHW office during a health care enrollment event in Commerce, Calif., on March 31, 2014. (Associated Press)

    Five million Americans in for premium spikes if Obamacare challenge is successful

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    A Washington-based consultancy estimated Thursday that 5 million Americans would see their health premiums spike if the courts rule in favor of a lawsuit that seeks to cut off Obamacare subsidies to about two-thirds of the states. Published July 17, 2014

  • **FILE** Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, addresses a crowd during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah, on April 26, 2014. (Associated Press)

    Orrin Hatch blasts Democratic birth-control bill as 'stupid politics'

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Senate Republicans blasted a Democratic bill Wednesday to reverse the Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" ruling on birth control as "really stupid politics" that treads on religious liberty, cuing up a partisan fight over messaging to women voters ahead of the fall's midterms elections. Published July 16, 2014

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, talks to reporters about competing bills from the Democrats and Republicans on employee health coverage and birth control under the Affordable Care Act, a subject that the Supreme Court ruled on recently in the so-called Hobby Lobby case, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Dems' Plan B fails: Bill to reverse Hobby Lobby ruling can't clear filibuster

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Democrats' first effort to make political hay out of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision fell short Wednesday, victim to a GOP filibuster that leaves the justices' ruling in place and likely shifts the issue to voters in November. Published July 16, 2014

  • **FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 3, 2014. (Associated Press)

    Mitch McConnell fires back at Democrats: Obamacare harms women

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back Tuesday at Democrats' claims the GOP is harming women with their support of the Supreme Court's recent birth-control decision by highlighting the less popular aspects of Obamacare as a whole. Published July 15, 2014

  • **FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks July 8, 2014, to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Reid: GOP's Obamacare lawsuit is something out of 'The People's Court'

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled House Republicans as hypocrites Monday for deciding to sue President Obama over his unilateral delays to Obamacare's "employer mandate" despite their own votes to delay the rule and other parts of the signature overhaul. Published July 14, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This May 9, 2014, file photo shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

    'Fact-Checker' blog takes on Dems for their comments on Hobby Lobby decision

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    A widely read "Fact Checker" blog is calling out Democrats for their rhetoric in the wake of the Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" decision on contraception and company health plans. Published July 14, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Volunteer Stella Chambers, center, explains some of the Affordable Health Care Act to visitors to a health care coverage registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Medicaid enrollment continues to soar under Obamacare, administration says

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Americans this year are enrolling in Medicaid at a higher rate than in 2013, the Obama administration said Friday in an update that highlighted particular growth in states that opted to expand the government health program for the poor under Obamacare. Published July 11, 2014

  • House Speaker John Boehner, right, has dismissed what he says is President Barack Obama's flippant attitude. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    GOP to sue Obama first over health care employer mandate

    By Ben Wolfgang and Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    House Republicans announced Thursday that their first attempt to sue President Obama for breaching the limits of his executive power will be over his decision to exempt businesses from his health care law's employer mandate. Published July 10, 2014

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. pauses while speaking during a ceremony to posthumously present a Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg in honor of his heroism during the Holocaust, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wallenberg's work as Sweden's envoy in Budapest in 1944 was a cover for a humanitarian mission as secret emissary of the U.S. War Refugee Board, created in an attempt to stem the annihilation of Europe's Jews. He saved at least 20,000 Jews in Budapest by giving them Swedish travel documents or moving them to safe houses and is also credited with dissuading German officers from massacring the 70,000 inhabitants of the city's ghetto. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Harry Reid: Birth-control ruling the worst Supreme Court decision in 25 years

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday the Supreme Court's decision to let closely held corporations refuse to insure birth control was its worst in the past 25 years. Published July 10, 2014

  • Senate Democrats seeking to reimpose Obamacare birth-control mandate

    By Victor Morton - The Washington Times

    Democrats indicated Tuesday they plan to double down in their "war on women" theme and their attacks on the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby religious-freedom case. Published July 8, 2014

  • FILE - This June 30, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, pausing while making a statement about immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Group challenges Obama administration's executive authority on Obamacare

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    A conservative group beat House Republicans to the punch, filing a lawsuit late last week claiming President Obama has abused his powers by modifying his health care law through executive fiat. Published July 7, 2014

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  • **FILE** Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, speaks during a Dec. 6, 2012, news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

    EDITORIAL: Obamacare, Phase 2

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    Single-payer health care is the left's holy grail. The term is a euphemism for replacing private insurers with a powerful government that prescribes the medicine and pays the bills. It's how Britain and Canada do it, and soon, the idea could spread to Vermont, where the state Senate Finance Committee plans to vote Friday to advance "Green Mountain Care" to march the state yet closer to the single-payer dream. Published March 20, 2014

  • MILLER: Obamacare is a Trojan horse for government-run health care starting in 2015

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    President Obama promised that we could keep our health care plans and our doctors, but he knew that was a lie. He pretended Obamacare was the endgame. That was also false. Published March 19, 2014

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    GANS: Obamacare's latest casualty: rehabilitative hospitals

    By Bruce M. Gans

    Sometimes the unthinkable happens — a car wreck, a stroke, a devastating illness that leaves one without the ability to perform normal daily tasks like walking, bathing, dressing, eating or even speaking. Published March 10, 2014

  • Ad created by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education "to educate everyone about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act."

    MILLER: New Obamacare ads make young women look like sluts

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    So few people have enrolled in Obamacare that desperate Democrats have stooped to launching a war on women with demeaning and sexist ads. Published November 12, 2013

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat. (Associated Press)

    PRUDEN: Obamacare called 'The fiasco for the ages'

    By Wesley Pruden - The Washington Times

    Nancy Pelosi told us there would be days like this. The only way to find out what was in Obamacare was to pass it and see what happens. Congress passed it, the messiah signed it, and we're beginning to see what happens. Published July 5, 2013

  • Illustration Obamacare Marionette  by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    SANTORUM: Obamacare is no care

    By Rick Santorum

    The Obama presidency has been disastrous on so many levels. From unemployment to rising energy prices to an appeasing foreign policy, this Administration has exhibited a multitude of failures. Yet, if we’re to talk about the lack of forward vision that keeps us in this economic recession, look no further than Obamacare. Published June 20, 2012

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    • GOP senators offer blueprint to fix Obamacare

      By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

      Republican senators on Monday announced a sweeping plan to fix the most unpopular parts of Obamacare, ditching the individual mandate requiring Americans to have coverage but still offering taxpayer help for those looking to buy policies. Published January 27, 2014

    • ** FILE ** Filmmaker Michael Moore. (Associated Press)

      Michael Moore breaks from left to decry Obamacare as ‘awful’

      By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

      Michael Moore, the Hollywood legend of liberal mindset and pro-Democratic documentary, has broken from the party line to criticize Obamacare, calling both its rollout and provisions “awful.” Published January 2, 2014

    • **FILE** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican. (Associated Press)

      Latest Obamacare delay faces swift GOP criticism

      By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

      Republican lawmakers are hitting back at the Obama administration's decision late Thursday to let Americans claim a hardship exemption and buy catastrophic coverage if they cannot afford a regular health plan on one of Obamacare's health exchanges. Published December 20, 2013

    • ** FILE ** President Obama reacts during an Oval Office meeting. (credit: White House photo/Pete Souza)

      Key Obamacare official: Last two months much harder than anyone hoped

      By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

      A key player in the new health care law's implementation opened a summit among America's health insurers on Thursday by admitting that Obamacare's rollout did not go as planned. Published December 12, 2013

    • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. It survived the Supreme Court, a presidential election and numerous repeal votes in Congress, but now President Barack Obama's health care law risks coming unglued because of his own mistakes explaining it and his administration's bungled implementation. Obama now needs breakthroughs on three separate fronts: the cancellations mess, technology troubles, and a crisis in confidence among his own supporters. It’s daunting, but working in his favor is evidence of pent-up demand for the program’s benefits and an unlikely collaborator _ the insurance industry (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

      Obama, Obamacare disapproval at new highs

      By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

      More Americans disapprove of how President Obama is handling his job and his signature health care law than ever before as the fallout from issues with the law persist, a new Washington Post-ABC poll stated. Published November 19, 2013

    • ** FILE ** President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in 2010 at the White House.

      Obamacare fallout: Millions face sticker shock following insurance cancellations

      By Associated Press

      Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he'd be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect. Published November 2, 2013

    • Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

      Obamacare website chief apologizes for poor rollout

      By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

      The head of the agency in charge of the new health care law apologized Tuesday to people who've tried to use the flawed federal Obamacare website, but she said she still has faith that the site will be working for most Americans by the end of November. Published October 29, 2013

    • From left, Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal; Andrew Slavitt, group executive vice president for Optum/QSSI; Lynn Spellecy, corporate counsel for Equifax Workforce Solutions; and John Lau, program director for Serco, listen to questioning on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with contractors that built the federal government's health care websites. The contractors responsible for building the troubled Healthcare.gov website say it was the government's responsibility _ not theirs _ to test it and make sure it worked. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

      HealthCare.Gov developers tell Congress crucial tests were shirked

      By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

      The Obama administration waited until the last minute to test the main Obamacare website and refused to ask for a delay when hiccups arose, government contractors testified to Congress on Thursday as they tried to explain why the rollout of the insurance exchanges has been so rocky. Published October 24, 2013

    • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, for and event with President Barack Obama on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul. Obama acknowledged that the widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

      Sebelius to appear before House on Obamacare on Oct. 30

      By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

      Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday put off Republican lawmakers who want to question her about the disastrous rollout of Obamacare this week, instead agreeing to testify about the program's computer problems next week. Published October 21, 2013

    • Dr. Ben Carson. (Image from CarsonScholars.org)

      Ben Carson: Obamacare worst thing to happen to the U.S. since slavery

      By Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times

      Dr. Ben Carson didn't mince words: Obamacare is "the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery." Published October 11, 2013

    • President Barack Obama speaks as he stands with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and people who support the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

      Obama now says Obamacare will bring months of 'glitches'

      By Cheryl K. Chumley and Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

      President Obama said in comments broadcast Tuesday, on the cusp of enrollment in Obamacare's exchanges, that of course there will be "glitches" in the implementation of the health reform — months of glitches, he added. Published October 1, 2013

    • Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, as the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate stand at an impasse with Congress continuing to struggle over how to fund the government and prevent a possible shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

      Senate defeats Cruz filibuster, passes bill that funds Obamacare

      By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

      Senators from both parties linked arms to defy Sen. Ted Cruz, overcoming his attempt to filibuster the stopgap spending bill, which allowed Democrats to add back in full funding for Obamacare and power the bill through the chamber and sending it back to the House. Published September 27, 2013

    • ** FILE ** In this Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during an event discussing the federal health care overhaul in Philadelphia. With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

      Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

      By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - Associated Press

      With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Published September 25, 2013

    • Linda Norman (right) and Joanna Galt, both from Florida, hold their banners during a "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

      Obamacare has been amended or delayed 19 times: study

      By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

      President Obama has already signed 14 laws that amend, rescind or otherwise change parts of his health care law, and he's taken five independent steps to delay the Affordable Care Act on his own, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service, released Wednesday. Published September 11, 2013

    • Bev Veals (left), accompanied by her husband, Scott, undergoes chemotherapy treatment at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

      Patient's health insurance bill soars as Obamacare falters

      By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - Associated Press

      Coping with advanced cancer, Bev Veals was in the hospital for chemotherapy this summer when she got a call that her health plan was shutting down. Then, the substitute insurance she was offered wanted her to pay up to $3,125, on top of premiums. Published September 9, 2013

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