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Outgoing Ebola czar Ron Klain listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the Ebola outbreak response by the U.S. in West Africa, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex in Washington. Obama plans to withdraw most US military troops fighting Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Ron Klain, Ebola czar, stepping down: White House

President Obama said Thursday that his Ebola czar, Ron Klain, is planning to return to the private sector, signaling a further wind-down in the fight against the deadly virus that's killed over 9,000 in West Africa. Published February 12, 2015

A woman is injected by a health care worker, left, as she takes part in an Ebola virus vaccine trial, at one of the largest hospital's Redemption hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Obama lauds U.S. troops, workers in fight against Ebola

President Obama on Wednesday praised U.S. troops and aid workers who entered Ebola's hot zone in West Africa as paragons of American leadership who've set the stage for victory over the deadly virus that's killed more than 9,000. Published February 11, 2015

Sen. Christopher Murphy, Connecticut Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Congress shows bipartisan support for vaccinations

Congressional lawmakers said Tuesday that well-educated parents who refuse to immunize their children against measles and other diseases are eroding decades of medical progress in America, delivering a bipartisan show of unity after top Republican presidential contenders last week stumbled over the issue. Published February 10, 2015

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2014 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks in Miami. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas accused Burwell of being "contemptuous" of Congress on Wednesday by sidestepping about the Obama administration's preparations for a Supreme Court challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Obamacare subsidies cut premiums by average of 72 percent: HHS

Obamacare enrollees who qualify for subsidies on the federal exchange will see their monthly premiums drop by an average of 72 percent in 2015 due to the help from taxpayers, the Obama administration said Monday in a report that underscores the stakes of a health showdown before the Supreme Court this term. Published February 9, 2015

President Barack Obama, a basketball fan, mourned the death of University of North Carolina coaching legend Dean Smith.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House mourns passing of UNC basketball legend Dean Smith

President Obama mourned the death of University of North Carolina coaching legend Dean Smith, praising the basketball legened and Medal of Freedom winner Sunday as a "gentleman and a citizen" on and off the court. Published February 8, 2015

This Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, file photo shows the Anthem logo at the company's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Health insurer Anthem said in a statement Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015, that hackers infiltrated its computer network and accessed a swathe of personal information about current and former customers including their incomes and street addresses. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Anthem, health insurer, hacked; Social Security numbers exposed

Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer, says it was the victim of a "very sophisticated" cyberattack that may have exposed the names and Social Security numbers of tens of millions of past and present members. Published February 5, 2015

"Today we offer a bold bicameral plan that fully repeals and replaces the health care law with reforms that empower patients, not Washington," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican. (Associated Press)

Republicans release Obamacare Plan B in case of repeal or court ruling

President Obama's top health official refused to say Wednesday if she's prepared for a Supreme Court ruling that could blow a hole through Obamacare this year, exasperating Republicans who said the White House is putting millions of enrollees on a collision course with no exit ramp. Published February 4, 2015

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell (Associated Press) ** FILE **

7.5 million have signed up on

Nearly 7.5 million Obamacare customers signed up on through Jan. 30, the administration said Wednesday in a weekly enrollment update that provided major metropolitan data for the first time. Published February 4, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. addresses the media with from left, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, February 3, 2015.   Republicans newly in charge of Congress challenged President Barack Obama at both ends of the Capitol on Tuesday, lining up in the House to repeal the health care program he signed into law and struggling in the Senate to roll back the immigration policies he issued on his own.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

House votes to repeal, replace Obamacare

The House voted largely along party lines Tuesday to repeal and replace Obamacare, with Republicans vowing to satisfy midterm voters who demanded a new path forward while Democrats taunted their rivals as oblivious to the plight of the uninsured. Published February 3, 2015