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Topic - Joseph R. Pitts
The investigative arm of Congress on Wednesday agreed to look into problems with state health exchange websites around the country.
Nothing clarifies the mind, with apologies to Dr. Johnson, quite like a fight for survival. Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, arrived at his moment of enlightenment contemplating the likelihood of West Virginia voters returning to the Senate someone who voted to preserve Obamacare. He told a home-state paper, the Beckley Register-Herald, the other day that he would "vote tomorrow" to repeal the law. A day later, presumably after being taken to the woodshed by Harry Reid, Mr. Manchin returned to a state of confusion with a retraction. "I have never supported repealing [Obamacare]," he said.
Republican lawmakers cried foul Friday night over an Obama administration proposal to cut payment rates to private insurers who administer Medicare Advantage, a popular alternative to the government-run health program for seniors.
The House passed a bill Thursday that requires the federal government to deliver weekly reports on Obamacare enrollment and a range of other activities on the health care law's main website.
Utah's battle over gay marriage seems unlikely to end soon with both sides getting reinforcements from Washington as the courts struggle to get ahead of the political battle.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to impose new security requirements on President Barack Obama's health care law as Republicans maintained an election-year focus on the contentious program and its troubled rollout.
A House bill being introduced Thursday seeks to protect the religious freedom of individuals, institutions and businesses that are increasingly being punished or harassed for their beliefs on marriage.
House Republicans released a draft bill Tuesday to repeal the ill-defined way physicians are paid under Medicare in a bid to finally end the annual Capitol Hill scramble to find extra cash to pay the doctors.
In a case that attracted national attention, Philadelphia inner-city abortion provider Kermit B. Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder Monday in the deaths of three born-alive babies by "snipping" their spines.
On a biggest day of the year for candy hearts and chocolate kisses, a bipartisan group of lawmakers argued that conditions are right to finally rein in federal sugar subsidies.
Each of them takes an oath to defend the Constitution, but many House lawmakers either don't understand the founding document or don't take its precepts seriously, according to an analysis by The Washington Times that studied the constitutional backing that representatives submitted for each of the more than 3,000 bills they introduced in 2011.
At a House hearing punctuated by the wails of a Chinese woman mourning a baby that was forcibly aborted 17 years ago, lawmakers said there were signs that increased domestic and international pressure on Chinese officials to end the country's one-child policy was beginning to have an effect.
House Republican leaders are quietly working with Mitt Romney's campaign to fashion a unified GOP health care platform to replace President Obama's health law, according to lawmakers involved in the effort.
A key House Republican said Wednesday that GOP lawmakers are preparing a sweeping overhaul of health care in anticipation of a chance to pass something this summer after the Supreme Court rules on President Obama's health law.
House Republicans on Tuesday moved to strike from the books the long-term care insurance program originally included in President Obama's massive health care law, approving a bill to repeal the program even though the administration already said it was abandoning the idea as financially unworkable.
"The cuts announced today," said Mr. Pitts, "will only exacerbate the effect this will have on the health care of millions of our nation's seniors, leaving them with higher costs and fewer choices."
"The health law cut more than $300 billion from the popular Medicare Advantage program, potentially forcing hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries to find new health care plans, despite the president's promise," said Rep. Joe Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of a House panel on health. "The cuts announced today will only exacerbate the effect this will have on the health care of millions of our nation's seniors, leaving them with higher costs and fewer choices."