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    GOP Governors Hit Obama Administration on Medicare Advantage Rates

    Three Republican governors yesterday blasted President Barack Obama over changes to next year’s Medicare Advantage rates, writing in a letter that the Obama administration’s recent rate announcement was “little more than political theater.” While the administration says Medicare Advantage plans will get a slight pay bump next year, Govs. Rick … More

    To Lead HHS, Obama Picks Overseer of Government Shutdown Decisions

    President Obama’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services led the federal government’s response during last year’s “shutdown”—which included officials erecting barricades around open-air monuments. Sylvia Mathews Burwell—who was deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, among other roles—currently serves as Obama’s director of the Office of … More

    Sebelius Resigns as HHS Secretary After Obamacare's Shaky Start

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, nine days after President Obama trumpeted the news that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for Obamacare by the first deadline despite a near-calamitous rollout of the health care law under her leadership. Some White House watchers noted at the time … More

    Obamacare State Exchange Directors Defend Programs on Capitol Hill

    Six heads of state exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, defended their often poor-performing online insurance marketplaces yesterday on Capitol Hill. Appearing before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, state leaders for Obamacare insurance exchanges in Maryland, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, and California were grilled … More

    'Here to Stay': Triumphant President Says 7 Million Enrolled in Obamacare

    President Obama today basked in the glow of  “7.1 million” – the number of Americans the White House said had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, what the president embraced yet again as “Obamacare.” “Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of the website, … More

    Public Opinion Plunges Amid Ballyhooed Obamacare ‘Surge’

    As the White House continues its victory lap after claiming to enroll more than 6 million Americans in the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, a survey finds that only one in four Americans supports President Obama’s signature domestic achievement—a new low. The Associated Press-Gfk poll—online interviews with 1,012 adults conducted … More

    Obamacare Reconsidered: Senators Push Fixes for Law They Embraced

    Six U.S. senators stepped up their pressure for fixes to Obamacare in a joint op-ed in Politico detailing needed changes in President Obama’s signature health law. But they didn’t always feel so strongly, a cursory review by The Foundry shows. Taking a page from recently released findings of Democratic pollster Celinda Lake—who said … More

    Obamacare's Dumping Ground

    If President Obama—or anyone else—is expecting that Medicaid will be Obamacare’s salvation, look elsewhere. The president said last week that “We’ve got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion.” But even The Washington Post’s “fact checker” gave President … More

    She Dreamed Obamacare Was Harmless

    Obamacare is working, and it’s not costing any jobs. Shhh…keep quiet, or you’ll wake Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from her dream. “There is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act,” she said … More

    Obamacare Is Murdering Jobs

    Fewer Americans either have or are looking for jobs today than at any point since 1978 — and President Obama’s health care law is about to make this problem much worse. The Congressional Budget Office just estimated the Affordable Care Act will eliminate the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs a … More