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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

Keith Saunders, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Mark Tammes at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) ** FILE **

Republicans gleefully mark one-year anniversary of failed Obamacare rollout

Republican operatives marked the one-year anniversary of Obamacare's failed tech rollout Wednesday by highlighting another early stumble — the promise that everyone could keep their health plans, even though the overhaul's new coverage standards resulted in cancellation notices for thousands of people in states with key Senate match-ups this fall. Published October 1, 2014

Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden speaks during a news conference after confirming that a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, announced Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. The person, an adult who was not publicly identified, developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from Liberia and showed no symptoms on the plane, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

CDC director confident the U.S. can stop Ebola 'in its tracks'

The director of the Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday he has no doubt the U.S. can stop the Ebola virus "in its tracks," after officials revealed that a man in the Dallas area has the dreaded infection that's ravaged West Africa. Published October 1, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt answers a question during a news conference in Oklahoma City on July 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

U.S. judge sides with Oklahoma in health care suit

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the state of Oklahoma in its lawsuit against an IRS rule that extended Obamacare's subsidies to health exchange in every state, state officials announced Tuesday. Published September 30, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (Associated Press) **FILE**

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence conspicuously schedules visit to N.H.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a possible contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, is scheduled to visit New Hampshire next month to campaign for Republican gubernatorial nominee Walt Havenstein, according to a news report. Published September 30, 2014

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. makes a statement during a debate with Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis at UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park, N.C., in this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Hispanic groups say they won't accept blame for Democratic losses this fall: report

Hispanic advocates say they won't entertain any blame if Democrats lose control of the Senate, a reflection of their disappointment in President Obama for delaying executive action on deportation reforms and apathy for Democratic candidates that haven't made a direct appeal to the demographic, according to the Wall Street Journal reported. Published September 30, 2014

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013 file photo Chongtou Yang, 59, of Cottage Grove, Wis., gets  guidance on the health insurance exchanges from counselor Lorraine McGowan at the Dane County Job Center in Madison, Wis. Figures released Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's administration show that more than 60 percent of the people who lost state Medicaid coverage earlier this year did not purchase private insurance through the online marketplace. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart, File)

Medicaid sprawling under Obamacare, but some states ill-equipped: report

Some states are better than others at providing access to care and keeping tabs on their Medicaid managed care programs, according to a federal report released Monday that raises questions about government oversight of the massive health program for the poor, which is rapidly expanding under Obamacare. Published September 29, 2014