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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.

President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

House passes bill to change Obamacare's workweek from 30 hours to 40

Eighteen House Democrats ignored President Obama's veto threat and helped Republicans pass a bill Thursday that rewrites the health care law to define full-time work as 40 hours per week — and not 30 — out of concern the current rules are forcing Americans to work fewer hours and earn less. Published April 3, 2014

** FILE ** This Nov. 21, 2013, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaking at the Republican Governors Association (RGA) 2013 annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

RGA breaks its first-quarter record for fundraising

The Republican Governors Association said Thursday it set a first-quarter fundraising record for itself by raking in $23.5 million — double the amount it raised at the same point in 2010, a comparable midterm election season. Published April 3, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sits in the audience as she waits for President Barack Obama to make a statement on the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama administration tweaks Medicare to accomodate gay marriage

The Health and Human Services Department said Thursday it is taking additional steps to bring its Medicare rules in line with the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that opened up federal benefits to people in same-sex marriages. Published April 3, 2014

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas, questions David Friedman, the acting head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during his testifimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The committee is looking for answers from Friedman about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obamacare-reform bill passes key House vote

House Republicans moved along a bill Wednesday that would rewrite the health care law to define full-time work as 40 hours per week —rather than the 30 it now prescribes — out of concern the current rules give employers an incentive to slash workers' hours. Published April 2, 2014

**FILE** Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to reporters on March 27, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. (Associated Press)

In 'war of ideas,' Jindal unveils Obamacare replacement

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal rolled out a plan Wednesday to repeal and replace Obamacare — marking the Republican's latest attempt to claim part of the national stage as the GOP's 2016 presidential jockeying intensifies. Published April 2, 2014

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, about the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act passed at midnight Monday night. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obamacare 'here to stay,' president declares

President Obama on Tuesday vowed Obamacare is "here to stay" as he hailed the enrollment of more than 7 million people on the health exchanges, marking a stunning recovery after an embarrassing, glitch-filled rollout. Published April 1, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited a call center at United Way of Greater Austin Friday, March 28, 2014, in Austin, Texas, to highlight local efforts to enroll consumers in affordable health coverage, just three days before the March 31 enrollment deadline.   (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Ralph Barrera)

HealthCare.gov closes, but offers an opening for latecomers

All is not lost for procrastinators: HealthCare.gov encourages users to see if they can still get coverage in other ways, or if they qualify for a controversial extension that lets them attest they tried to sign up by Monday to finish up. Published April 1, 2014