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Tom Howell Jr.

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

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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

Elizabeth Rich helps a man sign up for the Affordable Care Act at Swope Health Services, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Today is the deadline to sign up for an Affordable Health Care insurance plan however, people who begin the enrollment process but aren't able to complete it by 11:59 p.m. because of a system issue may qualify for a special provision that will allow them to enroll after Monday night. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Obamacare sign-ups guru puts his final estimate at 7.08 million enrollees

Charles Gaba, a Michigan web developer who burst into the spotlight this month with a website that tracks Obamacare enrollment, has updated his estimate of final enrollment to more than 7 million people — a high-profile target the administration embraced then abandoned during the law's rollout. Published April 1, 2014

**FILE** A man assists a woman sign up for health insurance at Laman Public Library in North Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 31, 2014. Monday is the deadline to sign up for private heath insurance in the online markets created by President Obama's heath care law. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

More gaining insurance than losing it under Obamacare: report

At least 9 million previously uninsured Americans have gained health coverage through Obamacare through a mix of private enrollment, Medicaid and a part of the law that allows young people to stay on their parents' plans, according to the Los Angeles Times. Published March 31, 2014