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Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, hailed the state's 2 percent drop in insurance premiums as proof of Obamacare's success. (Associated Press)

Politics color information on Obamacare premiums

By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

In Arkansas, Gov. Mike Beebe touted signs of a 2 percent drop in premiums in the state's Obamacare insurance exchange as proof the health law is working. Published September 29, 2014

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FILE - In this July 8, 2014 file photo, Katherine Mitchell, M.D., medical director, Iraq and Afghanistan Post-Deployment Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Veterans Affairs Department has reached financial settlements with three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital. The employees were among the first to report widespread wrongdoing at the Phoenix hospital, including chronic delays for veterans seeking care and falsified waiting lists covering up those delays. Similar problems soon were identified across the country amid a growing scandal that forced the ouster of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistleblowers

- Associated Press

The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has settled complaints filed by three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.


Hoyer makes a pitch for a Democratic House

- The Washington Times

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Monday that if voters unhappy with gridlock in Washington should give Democrats the majority in the House, allowing President Obama and his party another chance to pursue their agenda.

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky Democrat, who is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell,  on Monday unveiled a social-media campaign dubbed "#AlisonCares." It plays off Mrs. Grimes' stump speech, in which she declares, "Mitch McConnell doesn't care. I do!" (Associated Press)

Grimes' embrace of Obamacare is at arm's length

- The Washington Times

Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has carefully avoided endorsing Obamacare in her run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, but Monday she inched closer to identifying herself with the president's namesake health care law by launching an "AlisonCares" ad campaign.

Under Gov. Bobby Jindal's leadership on the economy, Louisiana's credit rating has greatly improved. (Associated Press)

Analysis: Jindal under fire in La. on health care

- Associated Press

Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican running for re-election in a crowded field, has criticized President Obama about "an influx of unaccompanied immigrant children to the state, with little information being made available to the public." (Associated Press)

Haslam presses ahead on Medicaid expansion talks

- Associated Press

Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still in talks over finding a way to expand Medicaid in Tennessee despite pushback from fellow Republicans in the state Legislature.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, sent a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald demanding answers on what he called serious deficiencies in the Caribbean VA system, including the arrest of a top official and "inappropriate hiring practices." (Associated Press)

Caribbean VA health system under fire

- The Washington Times

The chairman of a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee demanded Thursday that new VA Secretary Bob McDonald explain serious deficiencies in the department's Caribbean Health Care System, including the arrest of a top official and a suicide note left by a veteran who said he wanted to end his life because of the poor treatment he was receiving.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., tours the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union local 98's Apprentice Training for the Electrical Industry facility, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Philadelphia. Toomey learned about the union's  job training programs during his visit. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

- Associated Press

More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs.

Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan speaks with reporters as he arrives at a fundraiser event, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, at Bethesda, Md., on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association and came to Maryland in support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Hogan calls for wider probe in Md. health exchange

- Associated Press

Republican Larry Hogan is calling for a wider investigation of Maryland's flawed health care exchange website, with a focus on corporate political donations.

The Pentagon said 4 percent of all active-duty military women in 2010 and 6 percent in 2012 were victims of "unwanted sexual contact" in the previous 12 months. (Associated Press)

Report: Services for female veterans fall short

- Associated Press

The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.

In this image taken from video, Lisa Riley, mother of retired Marine Jordan Buisman who suffered from epilepsy, holds a photo album about her son in Clear Lake, Minn.  Department of Veterans Affairs medical records show that Buisman called the Minneapolis VA Health Care System to reschedule a medical exam four days after his death. Buisman's family believes his data was falsified to hide delays in patient care, and they've filed a wrongful death claim against the VA, KARE-TV reported Monday night, Sept. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/KARE-TV)

VA to investigate whether data was falsified

Associated Press

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it will investigate allegations that the appointment records of a retired Marine who died after having seizures were falsified to cover up delays in patient care at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.

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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

- 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.

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

- 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.

** 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

- 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.

** FILE ** 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

- 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.

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

- 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.

Tea party asks its grass roots to help kill health care law

- The Washington Times

Tea party Republicans are girding for a fight with the White House — and members of their own party — over how to block President Obama's health care law, saying Congress must not miss the chance to use this year's funding bills to try to starve Obamacare to death.


Obama chats up health care

Obama chats up health care

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President Obama speaks about the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va.