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President Barack Obama walks with Vice President Joe Biden back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2015, after speaking in the Rose Garden. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Biden extends ‘special’ Obamacare signup period to August

- The Washington Times

President Biden reprised his role as Obamacare salesman Tuesday in a bid to reach people who’ve been left in the cold by the durable-yet-faulty law, extending a special enrollment period by three months and betting enhanced subsidies will make a dent in the roughly 30 million who remain uninsured.

A provision of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law, encourages states to make Medicaid coverage available to more people. Critics say the provision gives the federal government too large of a role in health care. (Associated Press)

Democrats push states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare

- The Washington Times

President Biden’s COVID-19 relief law is dangling $16.4 billion in front of the 12 states that haven’t expanded Medicaid under Obamacare to get them to join up, saying the pandemic is a bad time for their residents to be going without health coverage.

In this Jan. 27, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package presents a first political test. More than a sweeping rescue plan, it's a test of the strength of his new administration, of Democratic control of Congress and of the role of Republicans in a post-Trump political landscape. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden to reopen Obamacare portal from Feb. 15 to May 15

- The Washington Times

President Biden said Thursday that he will reopen the Obamacare registration website because of labor shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic, a move to expand the reach of federal coverage options after President Trump targeted the 2010 program and said a special sign-up period wasn’t necessary.

In this Tuesday, May 8, 2007, file photo, a Purdue Pharma logo is affixed to part of a Purdue building in Stamford, Conn. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case

- Associated Press

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades.

A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as arguments are heard about the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Supreme Court unlikely to kill Obamacare

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court on Tuesday signaled it is unlikely to kill Obamacare, as Republicans challenged the legality of its individual mandate at the high court for the third time in hopes that the 6-3 conservative majority would finally do away with President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Jeanne Moser, center, of East Kingston, N.H., watches as President Donald Trump reaches out to touch a photo of her son, Adam Moser, during an event to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Adam was 27 when he died from an apparent fentanyl overdose. The coronavirus outbreak and the Trump administration's response to the pandemic have been a dominating theme in this year's presidential race. That has overshadowed debate over how to handle the nation's drug overdose crisis, which has contributed to the deaths of more than 470,000 Americans over the last two decades. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race

- Associated Press

Like millions of Americans, Diane Urban watched the first presidential debate last month at home with her family. When it was over, she turned off the television and climbed into the bed her 25-year-old son Jordan used to sleep in.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., center, holds a photo of one of his constituents as he and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, following the first day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Joining Whitehouse are, from left, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Amy Coney Barrett hearing turned in Obamacare referendum

- The Washington Times

Senate Democrats, who have few chances to derail Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s elevation to the Supreme Court, sought to turn her confirmation hearings into a referendum on the fate of Obamacare, saying Monday that her vote in an upcoming case means “life or death” for millions of Americans who rely on the health care law.

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President Obama speaks about the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va.