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Obama Admin. Extends Health Coverage to Federal Firefighters

Obama Admin. Extends Health Coverage to Federal Firefighters

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is extending health insurance to seasonal firefighters employed by the U.S. government, following a public outcry over the lack of affordable coverage for such workers.“Starting today…

House Votes to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

House Votes to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives voted today to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was the 33rd time Republicans have voted to chip away at, defund, or repeal the health care law. Democrats called the move a political charade since …

GOP Grapples with Democrats on Tax Cuts

GOP Grapples with Democrats on Tax Cuts

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As President Obama calls on Congress today to extend tax cuts for individuals making less than $250,000, House Speaker John Boehner criticized the president for failing to lead on the economy, restating his opposit…

Obama Jabs Romney Over Mandate Flip-Flop

Obama Jabs Romney Over Mandate Flip-Flop

Joe Raedle/Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images(POLAND, Ohio) — Casting himself as a strong decisive leader and his opponent as a flip-flopper, President Obama slammed Mitt Romney Friday for changing his position on what to call the individual mandate.&n…

Obama Hits Romney on Health Care Flip Flops

Obama Hits Romney on Health Care Flip Flops

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(MAUMEE, Ohio) — In an interview with a Cincinnati TV reporter on Thursday, President Obama took a couple whacks at his presumptive challenger for health care flip flops.“On the health care bill, Mr. Romney was one o…

President Obama: Health Care Law Is ‘Here to Stay’

President Obama: Health Care Law Is ‘Here to Stay’

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(MAUMEE, Ohio) — Speaking at his first campaign event since the Supreme Court upheld his signature health care legislation, President Obama boasted that the “law I passed is here to stay.”“I’ll work with anybo…

Romney Hits Roberts for ‘Not Accurate’ Health Care Ruling

Romney Hits Roberts for ‘Not Accurate’ Health Care Ruling

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a TV interview, Mitt Romney stressed his disagreement with the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold President Obama’s health care law, even criticizing Chief Justice John Roberts for reaching “a co…

Romney and Health Care: A Debate Over Semantics

Romney and Health Care: A Debate Over Semantics

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Most Americans are already focused on the beach and barbecue, but the awkward struggle of how Republicans and the presumptive GOP nominee are framing the health care debate was still at a fever pitch.On Tuesda…

Poll: Most Want ‘Obamacare’ Opponents to Move On

Poll: Most Want ‘Obamacare’ Opponents to Move On

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Now that the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama’s health-reform law, a new poll suggests most people want the law’s opponents to drop their repeal efforts and move on to other problems.In the la…

Romney Campaign Calls ‘Obamacare’ Mandate a Penalty, Not a Tax

Romney Campaign Calls ‘Obamacare’ Mandate a Penalty, Not a Tax

Joe Raedle/Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A senior adviser to Mitt Romney appeared to undercut a central argument Republicans hope to use between now and the November election against President Obama — that although his signatur…

Romney Campaign Calls ‘Obamacare’ Mandate a Penalty, Not a Tax

Romney Campaign Calls ‘Obamacare’ Mandate a Penalty, Not a Tax

Joe Raedle/Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A senior adviser to Mitt Romney appeared to undercut a central argument Republicans hope to use between now and the November election against President Obama — that although his signatur…

GOP Counters Obama Campaign’s ‘BFD’ T-Shirt

GOP Counters Obama Campaign’s ‘BFD’ T-Shirt

National Republican Congressional Committee/Facebook(WASHINGTON) — Republicans have taken the Obama campaign’s “big f—ing deal” T-shirt and raised him a “big f—ing tax” shirt as both parties try to take contro…

Vicki Kennedy: My Husband Would Have Been ‘Pleased’ but ‘not Surprised’ by Roberts’ Health Care Vote

Vicki Kennedy: My Husband Would Have Been ‘Pleased’ but ‘not Surprised’ by Roberts’ Health Care Vote

Medioimages/Getty(NEW YORK) — Vicki Kennedy, wife of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, said this morning on “This Week” that her late husband would have been “pleased,” but “not surprised” that Chi…

Paul Ryan: John Roberts Contorted ‘Logic and Reason’ With Health Care Ruling

Paul Ryan: John Roberts Contorted ‘Logic and Reason’ With Health Care Ruling

Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rep. Paul Ryan said this morning on “This Week” that Chief Justice John Roberts had to “contort logic and reason” in order to rule the individual ma…

Pelosi Health Insurance Mandate ‘Myth Buster’ Busted

Pelosi Health Insurance Mandate ‘Myth Buster’ Busted

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The health care section for the official website for Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi may need a little bit of an update.
The website still includes a posting from 2009 — when the House was in the middl…

‘Obamacare’: Americans Split on Supreme Court Ruling, Gallup Poll Finds

‘Obamacare’: Americans Split on Supreme Court Ruling, Gallup Poll Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, including the law’s most controversial item — the individual mandate requiring everyone to have health insurance — a newly…

Obama Campaign: Health Care ‘Still a BFD’

Obama Campaign: Health Care ‘Still a BFD’

Courtesy: Obama for America(NEW YORK) — On the president’s campaign Twitter feed last night, Obama campaign staffers reminded followers of Vice President Biden’s March 2010 open-mic remark that passing the health care bill was a “big…

GOP Unwilling to Let Obama ‘Move Forward’ After Health Care Ruling

GOP Unwilling to Let Obama ‘Move Forward’ After Health Care Ruling

Joe Raedle/Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Though the Supreme Court ruling on the Obama administration’s signature health care reform law dominated the news cycle on Thursday, there were already signs that the landmark decision m…

Health Care Law Ruling: Supreme Court Upholds Individual Mandate

Health Care Law Ruling: Supreme Court Upholds Individual Mandate

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In a landmark ruling with wide-ranging implications, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the so-called individual mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, the key part of President Oba…

Health Care Law Mandate ‘Tax’: How Much Is It?

Health Care Law Mandate ‘Tax’: How Much Is It?

Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Beginning in 2014, if you are uninsured, not exempt from the new mandate, and refuse to sign up for health care coverage, how much will you owe Uncle Sam?The health care law sets out a formula to determine your penalty…

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