Obamacare is living on borrowed time, and even its most ardent supporters are beginning to realize it. That's why they're racing to implement - and entrench - as much of the plan as possible before the laws of economics and the laws of the land and voters catch up. They're like a deadbeat renter starting a remodeling project after being evicted but before the police escort them from the premises in hopes that it gives them squatter's rights. Meanwhile, two unrelated but devastating events have caused the ground to shake beneath the feet of Obamacare supporters.
Facing criticism from the nation's governors, President Obama on Monday said he's willing to give states much more leeway to opt out of key planks of last year's health care law — as long as they still meet his overall benchmarks of covering more people and controlling costs.
A little noticed congressional report raised sharp questions about Amtrak executive Lorraine Green — head of D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray's campaign and transition teams — in connection with the controversial dismissal of a longtime former Amtrak inspector general.
The Obama administration lavished billions of stimulus dollars on wind-power producers and other renewable-energy interests, but the whirl of the turbines may slow dramatically as budget-cutting Republicans take their seats in the next Congress.
President Obama’s high-profile debt commission Friday fell three votes short of the support it needed to forward a far-reaching deficit reduction plan to Congress, with 11 of the 18 members voting to back the proposal. A supermajority of 14 votes was needed to formally endorse the blueprint.
Six members of President Obama's deficit commission are expected to vote on Friday against its final report, meaning the panel will not be able to submit any recommendations to Congress for action.
The Senate late Thursday voted to postpone a massive cut in Medicare pay for doctors, agreeing to pay doctors at current levels through Dec. 31.
Senate Republicans on Tuesday took aim at President Obama's appointee to oversee a major component of his health care overhaul plan, complaining about the way the nomination was made and the lack of time given to lawmakers to question him.
Senate Republicans Tuesday took aim at President Obama's choice to oversee a key component of his health care overhaul plan, complaining about the way the choice was made and the lack of time given to lawmakers to question him.