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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

** FILE ** President Obama signs the health care bill at the White House in Washington on March 23, 2010, flanked by smiling supporters from the House and Senate as well as Victoria Reggie Kennedy (behind Mr. Obama's right shoulder), widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was a champion of the legislation. (Associated Press)

Many will not get Obamacare benefits in states resisting Medicaid push: study

Two in five adults who were uninsured at some point in the past two years and live in states that opted not to expand their Medicaid enrollment under President Obama's health care overhaul will not be able to take advantage of new coverage options under the sweeping law, according to a new study. Published September 5, 2013

** FILE ** Former President Bill Clinton speaks about health care at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark., on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Bill Clinton calls on Obamacare detractors to make the law work

Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday called on Obamacare's opponents to embrace the new health care law, arguing Americans cannot tolerate from "now to eternity" a broken health care system that lags behind those of other rich nations. Published September 4, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (Associated Press)

Obamacare foes claim 1 million signatures for defunding

The Senate Conservatives Fund and outspoken Republican lawmakers boasted Tuesday that more than one million people have signed an online petition that calls on Congress to strip funding from President Obama's health care law. Published September 3, 2013

Sen. David Vitter

Lawmakers demand Capitol Hill not be shielded from Obamacare

A quartet of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of taking steps to "shield Washington insiders" from financial impacts of the new health care law and said it should reconsider its approach. Published September 3, 2013

Wal-Mart is building a 106,000-square-foot store on Georgia Avenue but is threatening to stop its plans to provide as many as six stores in the city after the D.C. Council passed a bill requiring a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour. The outcome will provide insight into whether mega-retailers can continue their drive into the nation's urban cores. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Wal-Mart wage bill in D.C. heads for mayor's desk

A "living wage" bill that has sparked a running tiff between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and D.C. lawmakers is expected to reach the desk of Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday. Published August 29, 2013

**FILE** AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka

AFL-CIO's Trumka: Obamacare still needs fixing

The chief of America's top labor group said Thursday that President Obama's health care law is a step in the right direction but it "wasn't thought completely through" and he is speaking to the White House about how to fix it. Published August 29, 2013

The Michigan House is expected to approve Gov. Rick Snyder's plan for expanding Medicare that requires beneficiaries to cover co-payments, among other conditions. He is one of several GOP leaders to buck near-blanket opposition to within their party. (Associated Press)

GOP-led states that held out on Medicaid giving in

Some of the Republican-led states holding out against expanding their Medicaid programs are beginning to cave, effectively embracing a key pillar of President Obama's health care law. Published August 28, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, speaks during the family leadership summit in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Cruz: Some Republicans only want political cover on Obamacare

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday that too many of his fellow Republicans are "scared" of his bid to defund Obamacare and are exaggerating the consequences of taking a stand during an upcoming budget showdown on Capitol Hill. Published August 28, 2013

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Obamacare backers target back-to-school audience

A key ally in the Obama administration's efforts to promote the health care law announced Wednesday it is leveraging back-to-school season by touting Obamacare to young people and their parents at college campus orientations and backpack giveaways. Published August 28, 2013

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal rejects GOP talk of impeaching Obama

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he disagrees with many of President Obama's policies, notably Obamacare, but it's not time to talk about kicking the president out of the White House through the impeachment process. Published August 25, 2013

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)

La. Gov. Bobby Jindal: Talk of Obama impeachment is misguided

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he disagrees with many of President Obama's policies, notably Obamacare, but it's not time to talk about kicking the president out of the White House through the impeachment process. Published August 25, 2013

** FILE ** Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services, leaves the podium after discussing the Affordable Care Act at a news conference in Atlanta on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Sebelius: Debate over health care law is 'over'

President Obama's top health official on Thursday said debate about the new health care law is "really over" and that it is time for Americans to reach out to the uninsured — particularly young adults and Latinos — to ensure its success. Published August 22, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters on Aug. 28, 1963, in what he called "the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of the United States."
Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. King's killing sent shock waves through American society at the time, and is still regarded as a landmark event in recent US history. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images) (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Advocates for gay, immigrant rights march in footsteps of blacks

Organizers are turning the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington into far more than a history lesson — vowing to use the commemoration to push for voting rights, immigration reform and gay rights, and underscoring just how much the civil rights movement has transformed. Published August 22, 2013

**FILE** President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius leave the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 10, 2012, after the president announced the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control. (Associated Press)

Catholic U. revives fight against Obamacare contraception mandate

With the Obama administration's contraception mandate "bearing down," the Catholic University of America joined the Roman Catholic archbishop in the nation's capital in a renewed legal push to block enforcement of the provision that requires larger employers to insure birth control as part of their health plans. Published August 22, 2013