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Tom Howell Jr.

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

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right), Kentucky Republican, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 29, 2011, as Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, looks on. (Associated Press)

Senate GOP: HHS may have purposely misled on Obamacare subsidies

A trio of top Senate Republicans have asked the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general to look at whether the agency misrepresented its ability to verify Obamacare consumers' incomes and issue the correct amount in subsidies to help them buy coverage on the new health exchanges. Published May 27, 2014

Obamacare enrollees happy with coverage: survey

A new survey released by Enroll America, a nonprofit and Obama administration ally that rallied people to Obamacare, shows largely positive reviews from people who picked up coverage because of the law during its six-month enrollment period. Published May 27, 2014

Idaho moving forward with state-run Obamacare exchange

Officials in Idaho say they're undaunted by the well-documented failures of Obamacare exchanges in neighboring states and are moving full-steam ahead with plans to launch their own web portal this November. Published May 26, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, speaks Sept. 4, 2013, with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Sen. Chris Murphy slams states that will not expand Medicaid

Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat and the Senate's top cheerleader for Obamacare of late, said millions more Americans could be covered if Republican-led states decided to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Published May 22, 2014

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services, appears before the Senate Finance Committee for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Burwell has found favor with both Republicans and Democrats in her current role as the head of the Office of Management and Budget and would replace Kathleen Sebelius who resigned last month after presiding over the Affordable Care Act and its problematic rollout. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate panel easily approves Obama pick to head HHS

The Senate Finance Committee sent Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination to head the Health and Human Services Department to the full chamber Wednesday, clearing the way for President Obama's budget chief to become the new face of Obamacare and oversee an agency responsible for about $1 trillion in federal spending. Published May 21, 2014

The website is shown on a laptop in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. Today is the deadline to sign up for private heath insurance in the online markets created by President Obama's heath care law or face a federal fines. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Nevada to ditch state-run exchange for

Nevada has decided to use the federal Obamacare exchange for at least the next year, joining the ranks of states that will ditch their own portals after a rocky first round of sign-ups. Published May 20, 2014

Senate panel set to vote on Obama's HHS pick Wednesday

The Senate Finance Committee is set to vote Wednesday on President Obama's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department — a job that comes with the political burden of rolling out Obamacare. Published May 20, 2014

Gov. Steve Beshear, Kentucky Democrat, told The Washington Times in January the success of his state's Obamacare exchange was a result of extensive testing and a clean website design that forsook bells and whistles in favor of convenience. Kentucky was one of four states that relied on Deloitte Consulting for its exchange and enjoyed a relatively smooth rollout. (Associated Press)

Deloitte's Obamacare exchange success gains attention

The Obamacare rollout last fall was a well-documented disaster in many places, leading states and the federal government to drop their contractors or withhold payment for their work. But in a noticeable pattern, state-run health exchanges managed by Deloitte Consulting emerged relatively unscathed from the experience, and more are turning to the company for help. Published May 19, 2014