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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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Trump admin.: You can still shop on

The Trump administration is reminding Americans they can still sign up for Obamacare coverage even though a federal judge said Congress invalidated the law by striking its mandate to hold insurance, starting in 2019. Published December 15, 2018

President Barack Obama shares a humorous moment with a group of doctors from around the country in the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009, prior to a health insurance reform event at the White House.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Federal judge in Texas tosses Obamacare

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Obamacare is fatally flawed and should be considered null and void, a federal judge said Friday in a bombshell ruling that sides with state Republicans who argue the GOP-led Congress' decision to gut the "individual mandate" penalty for going uninsured makes the rest of the program invalid. Published December 14, 2018

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., listens during questioning of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz during a joint House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing examining Horowitz's report of the FBI's Clinton email probe, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

GOP investigators question need for fetal-tissue research

President Trump's biggest GOP allies pushed Thursday to discontinue the use of fetal tissue in taxpayer-funded research, saying its benefits are overblown, it offends their constituents and good alternatives seem to exist. Published December 13, 2018 signups 500K behind last year's pace

Roughly 500,000 fewer people have selected coverage on the main Obamacare website than at this point last year, the administration reported Wednesday, meaning sign-ups continue to lag heading into the final days of 2019 enrollment. Published December 12, 2018

Naloxone maker rolls out cheaper generic, after pricing outcry

A Virginia drugmaker said Wednesday that it will roll out a far cheaper, generic version of its overdose-reversing naloxone, one month after Senate investigators accused the company of capitalizing on the U.S. opioid epidemic by dramatically hiking its price. Published December 12, 2018


Ocasio-Cortez, Jayapal and Pocan call for 'Green New Deal'

Two key liberal leaders on Tuesday signed onto Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's call for a "Green New Deal" in the new Congress next year, as progressive activists warned that Democrats will pay an electoral price among young voters if they don't get behind the plan. Published December 11, 2018

Rep. Kevin Brady, the outgoing House Ways and Means Committee chairman, said restoring the old law would mean a "huge tax cut for the wealthy." (Associated Press/File)

Brady calls for delaying some Obamacare-related taxes

A top House Republican on Monday proposed new delays on some of Obamacare's remaining taxes, hoping to harness bipartisan antipathy to the levies to sweeten a broader package of tax tweaks he has been trying to get passed. Published December 10, 2018

Tobacco giant Altria invests $1.8B in marijuana, pivots away from vaping

Marlboro cigarette maker Altria on Friday said it's investing nearly $2 billion in a Canadian cannabis company and pivoting away from its e-cigarette business, which faces new regulatory hurdles and has struggled for market share against major players like JUUL. Published December 7, 2018

In this Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

4 in 10 don't plan to get flu shot, survey says

Roughly four in 10 Americans say they haven't gotten a flu shot and don't plan to, despite the federal government's push to avoid another brutal influenza season this winter, the University of Chicago reported Wednesday in a survey. Published December 5, 2018

In this photo taken Sunday, Sept 9, 2018, a health worker in protective gear works at an Ebola treatment centre in Beni, Eastern Congo. The current Ebola outbreak in northeastern Congo has become a testing ground with one aid group for the first time treating confirmed Ebola victims in individual biosecure units used in emergencies involving highly infectious diseases. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

Congolese Ebola outbreak now second-worst in history

New case counts from the Democratic Republic of Congo indicate its lingering Ebola outbreak is now the worst in recorded history behind the massive outbreak that killed thousands in West Africa earlier this decade. Published November 30, 2018