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Kery Murakami

Kery Murakami

Kery Murakami covers Congress for The Washington Times, with a focus on racial justice issues. He has covered national higher education, healthcare, banking and telecommunications policy in Washington, D.C. He has covered state and local politics at such papers as The Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Newsday. Contact him at

Articles by Kery Murakami

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference with Rep. Teresa Leger-Fernandez, D-N.M., left, and Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 19, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP) ** FILE **

Democrats roll out 18 bills to bolster Obamacare

House Democrats celebrated the 11th anniversary of Obamacare on Tuesday by rolling out 18 bills they say would further improve the nation's health care system by cracking down on what they called "junk plans." Published March 23, 2021

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

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. Published March 22, 2021