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"Enough is enough, and they need to provide answers to why they think illegal immigrants should be eligible for Obamacare." Sen. David Vitter said. (Associated Press)

GOP: Obamacare 'bending over backwards' for illegals

By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

The Obama administration has dragged its feet on revoking Obamacare coverage for people who can't prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency, allowing some of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to continue enjoying taxpayer-funded benefits, a Republican senator charged Monday. Published September 22, 2014

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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.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to during a news conference about his efforts to remove Louisiana from tests associated with the Common Core education standards on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Jindal's ex-health secretary indicted on perjury

- Associated Press

Gov. Bobby Jindal's former health secretary was charged Tuesday by a state grand jury with lying about his involvement in the award of a now-canceled $200 million Medicaid contract.

Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

- Associated Press

The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability - but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features.

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2013, file photo, Gov. Peter Shumlin addresses a forum for small business owners looking at the launch of the Vermont Health Connect Health Insurance Exchange in Montpelier, Vt. While much of the nation works to implement the health insurance exchanges under the federal health overhaul law, Vermont does that and also keeps its eye on a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces government-funded health care. Shumlin is continuing to vow to make Vermont a place where "health care is a right and not a privilege." (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Security fix need led to health site shutdown

Associated Press

Vermont's top health care reform official says the state's health insurance website was taken down temporarily because security upgrades did not keep pace with a schedule agreed to with federal officials.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's suit against President Obama to block Common Core standards in Louisiana is seen as part of a trend of Republicans rebranding themselves ahead of potential 2016 presidential runs. (associated press)

Health insurance program still hemorrhaging cash

- Associated Press

The health insurance program that covers Louisiana state workers and public school teachers is expected to spend $7 million more a month than it receives during this budget year.

FILE - This Dec. 10, 2013, file photo shows Cover Oregon Executive Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg at a news conference at Cover Oregon headquarters in Durham, Ore.  Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed state records for a grand jury investigation of the troubled Cover Oregon health insurance website, the governor's office said Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka, File)

Study shows 95 percent of Oregonians now insured

- Associated Press

A new study shows 95 percent of Oregonians now have health insurance coverage, largely thanks to the state's expansion of Medicaid to many previously ineligible low-income adults.

Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, right, said that she is encouraged by the 7.3 million who have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. (Associated Press)

Obamacare keeps pace with needed numbers

- The Washington Times

About 7.3 million Americans were getting health insurance through Obamacare's exchanges as of last month, the administration said Thursday, releasing numbers that suggest most customers did sign up properly and pay their premiums.

Federal study: Uninsured rate down 2 points from 2013

- The Washington Times

The percentage of Americans who lacked health insurance in the first three months of this year is down 2 points from the same period last year, according to a federal study released Tuesday that fueled Democrats' claims that Obamacare is working.

This April 8, 2014 photo shows a general view of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.  The results of nearly $8 million in renovations, and a window back to the 18th century, will be on view with the reopening of the Old Senate Chamber, the old Senate Committee Room and the stairwell room. The changes will include touch-screen interactive guides, a bronze sculpture of Washington and a portrait gallery. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Md. reaching out for health care re-enrollment

- Associated Press

State officials plan to contact tens of thousands of Maryland residents who need to re-enroll in health insurance plans under the federal health care law as the state transitions to a revamped system, replacing its flawed website for the next open enrollment period that starts in November.

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Illustration on the broken promise not to fund abortion through Obamacare by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obamacare's big spending on abortion on demand

President Obama told lawmakers and the American public in a specially called joint session of Congress on health care reform that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion."

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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.

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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.