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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

Before joining the Times in March 2011, Ben spent four years as a political reporter at the Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Ben Wolfgang

** FILE ** Ben Nelson (Associated Press)

States, not feds, are now key to making Obamacare work, insurers say

President Obama's about-face last week may have blunted the immediate political blowback from his broken promise that Americans who like their insurance plans can keep them — a vow that turned out not to be true for millions across the country. Published November 17, 2013

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama admits he 'fumbled,' says Americans can keep their health care

Conceding that he has "fumbled" the rollout to his signature health care reform law, President Obama on Thursday said he will use executive authority to craft a series of loopholes to allow some Americans to keep their insurance policies for at least another year. Published November 14, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, the president intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama concedes, announces changes to health care law

President Obama said Thursday he will let Americans renew for one year any health plans that do not meet Obamacare's coverage standards — a stark attempt to quell the political firestorm around his broken promise that those who like their insurance coverage can keep it under his signature law. Published November 14, 2013

President Barack Obama, flanked by outgoing Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler, left, and his nominee to become CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad, makes the announcement, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Obama chooses new CFTC chair, takes shots at Republicans

President Obama on Tuesday not only put forward his pick to head a powerful financial regulatory panel, he also declared in no uncertain terms that the "army of lobbyists" who he says have teamed with Republicans to undermine Wall Street reform must not succeed. Published November 12, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama gestures while speaking at an event at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va. on Nov. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama threatens GOP with executive orders on 'drawer full' of ideas

President Obama on Friday night continued throwing his entire second-term agenda against the wall to see what sticks, challenging Republicans to join him and support more federal spending, pass immigration reform and tackle other challenges. Published November 9, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at the Port of New Orleans. Obama traveled to the Gulf Coast region to make a case that more exports equal more jobs. After New Orleans he will go to Miami area for three Democratic fundraisers.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Rambling man: Obama gives short speech, large agenda in New Orleans

Several times during his presidency, President Obama has tried to "pivot" back to the economy and away from the topical stories-of-the-day — from the IRS to Benghazi to spying — that often have sidetracked this White House in his second term. Published November 8, 2013

"EPA seems to be going out of its way during its listening tour to avoid those states that rely on coal the most for electricity," said Rep. Ed Whitfield, of Kentucky. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

EPA's 'listening sessions' on new rules held in cities, skirt coal towns

San Francisco and Seattle are synonymous with the environmental movement, not coal mining — but that hasn't stopped the Obama administration from holding "listening sessions" in those and other major metropolitan areas to hear questions, concerns and complaints about its new global-warming regulations. Published November 7, 2013

President Barack Obama meets with business leaders to discuss immigration reform, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President touts Obamacare as 'universal health care'

For decades, liberals have dreamed of a "universal health care" system in America. On Wednesday night in Dallas, President Obama used that rare phrase and told a group volunteers that, under his leadership, it has become a reality. Published November 6, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney answers question about the implementation of the new health care law during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

White House: Shutdown a bigger deal than Obamacare

Some Republicans have sought to cast Tuesday's elections as a referendum on the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, but the White House argues that voters actually care much more about the recent government shutdown. Published November 5, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks at an Organizing for Action event in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama adds an 'if' to his 'you can keep your plan' promise

In his latest defense of his troubled health care reform law, President Obama on Monday night massaged past statements and told supporters that the administration had indeed promised Americans they could keep their insurance plans — as long as they hadn't been changed. Published November 4, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Obama shifts focus from health care website woes toward budget

Obamacare's troubled rollout still is dominating the headlines, but President Obama on Saturday tried to change the conversation and turn attention toward his priorities in budget negotiations with congressional Republicans. Published November 2, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall about the federal health care law, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Faneuil Hall is where former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama's rival in the 2012 presidential election, signed the state's landmark health care law in 2006, with top Democrats standing by his side. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Obama to Americans who lost 'cut-rate' insurance: Go shopping

Making a fierce defense of his namesake health care reform law, President Obama on Wednesday told Americans who are losing coverage that it's time to bid their "cut-rate" plans goodbye and go shopping for better insurance. Published October 30, 2013