Archive for 2013

Boehner jabs GOP critics again

For a second straight day, House Speaker John Boehner expressed frustration with outside conservative groups over their opposition to a bipartisan budget deal, as the top Republican in Congress again lashed out at critics in his own party.

“Frankly, I think they’ve just lost all credibility,” Boehner said at his …

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New enrollment numbers for Obama health law

Enrollments for insurance under the Obama health law picked up in November according to new data released by the federal government, as almost 365,000 people had signed up for coverage by November 30, but those numbers are still far short of original estimates by Obama Administration officials.

The numbers show …

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5 Questions on the budget deal in Congress

A budget deal announced by Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday in Congress would do much more than just roll back some automatic budget cuts under sequestration, as the plan also includes cuts in a variety of mandatory spending programs, all part of a bipartisan bid to avoid another government shutdown …

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Congress tries a dose of bipartisanship

Much like a college student facing the deadline of exams, lawmakers in Congress are trying to stitch together a bipartisan end to what has been a rather partisan year of work in the House and Senate, as leaders look for deals on everything from the budget to a farm bill …

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Lawmakers face familiar hurdles for health insurance

While most Americans going through the state and federal exchanges for health insurance have until later this month to buy insurance in time for the New Year, lawmakers in Congress and their staffs have one final day to navigate the Washington, D.C. health exchange on Monday – and they are …

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Feds finally detail health enrollment errors

After days of stiff-arming reporters about errors on enrollment forms going to health insurance companies, federal officials said today that in October and November as many as 25 percent of those forms had data errors, and that those errors have now been reduced to 10 percent.

“We are very focused …

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U.S. Education Department hits the Vegas Strip

This week at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the U.S. Department of Education spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to host a conference on federal student aid programs, spurning a call from a Republican Senator to cancel the 2013 Federal Student Aid conference as a way …

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Lawmakers try to sign up for insurance

Facing a deadline of next Tuesday to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Obama health law, lawmakers in Congress are sounding much like many Americans in search of a health policy, with some running into hurdles, others navigating the internet signup process just fine and getting health insurance …

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Democrats try to go on offense on health law

President Obama and Congressional Democrats kicked off a new public relations push on Tuesday to try to stem the tide of negative press about the Obama health law and its troubled rollout, looking to shift the focus to positive stories of people who have been helped and the details of …

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Feds say work remains on health enrollments

While the White House on Monday trumpeted a surge in interest in healthcare.gov and recent software fixes to that health insurance website, federal officials acknowledged that more work is needed on the “back end” of the site, to make sure that consumers actually get health coverage and that insurance companies …

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