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House Republicans suspect the White House has more Obamacare data than it is letting on, sparking a tug of war that is playing out amid fears that Medicaid enrollment could far outpace requests for private insurance under President Obama's program.
House Republicans suspect the White House has more Obamacare data than they're letting on, a tug-of-war that's playing out amid new fears Medicaid enrollment could far outpace requests for private insurance under President Obama's program.
The Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday demanded Obamacare enrollment figures from the Obama administration, citing reports that federal officials and contractors discussed the trickle of people gaining coverage under the law as early as Oct. 1, the first day the web-based insurance markets went live.
The IRS said this week it is delaying the start of the tax filing season, leading Republicans to argue that the agency is putting its focus on implementing Obamacare at the expense of helping average taxpayers.
The targeting of conservatives by the Internal Revenue Service is old news. We have that on the word of the Internal Revenue Service, for whatever the word of the IRS is worth.
House Republicans on Tuesday accused the Internal Revenue Service and President Obama's hand-picked new leader of the agency of trying to "delay, frustrate, impede and obstruct" their investigation into abuses of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, and pointedly warned that it could be breaking the law.
The IRS inspector general said this week that while some liberal groups were given extra scrutiny by the tax agency, they were not subjected to the same invasive queries as tea party groups — a finding that seems to confirm a political bias was at play.
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday said the IRS scandal shows a "culture of cover-ups" and "political intimidation" within the Obama administration.
The ousted head of the IRS on Friday said he was sorry for his agency's targeting conservative and tea party groups for special scrutiny, while a Republican leader said blame could reach as high as the White House.
President Obama has been pleading with House Republican leaders lately to raise government revenues by overhauling the tax code to erase loopholes and other income exemptions.
House Republicans are pushing back against President Obama's program to offer waivers to states on welfare work-requirement standards that critics say undermine a key piece of the 1996 welfare reform law.
President Obama says he hasn't yet scheduled a meeting with Republican Mitt Romney.
Republican congressman W. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign in Missouri after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape.
House Republicans will take one last shot at President Obama's executive authority before rushing home for November's elections when they vote this week on a bill blocking him from waiving work requirements from the bipartisan 1996 welfare reform law.
With the presidential campaigns entrenched in hand-to-hand fighting, Democrats are looking for a way to capture the voters' attention. They think they've found the edge with new policies designed to increase government dependency. The latest gambit would relieve benefit recipients of any personal responsibility.