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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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**FILE** President Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law, in the Rose Garden at the White House on Oct. 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

Kentucky health exchange: Early Obamacare interest is genuine

Millions of people are checking out websites that allow people get health insurance under Obamacare, a surge of curiosity that's slowed down the sites and led to glitches during the plan's first week of open enrollment. Published October 4, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt ceiling during a visit to M. Luis Construction, which specializes in asphalt manufacturing, concrete paving, and roadway reconstruction, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Rockville, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Overloads arise with 34 states using one health exchange site

The Obama administration's health care rollout may have been rockier than expected this week because so many states refused to cooperate, leaving the federal government to run far more exchanges than initially planned, according to analysts studying the Affordable Care Act. Published October 3, 2013

Ashley Hentze, left, of Lakeland, Fla., gets help signing up for health care from Kristen Nash, a volunteer with Enroll America, a private, nonprofit organization running a grassroots campaign to encourage people to sign up for health care, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Day 2 of Obamacare: After rocky start, Obama admin. launches awareness campaign

The Obama administration preached patience Wednesday as it tried to rebound from the wobbly debut of online insurance markets tied to the health care reform law, saying technical flubs on the websites designed to help uninsured Americans find coverage were caused by heavy traffic and not design flaws. Published October 2, 2013

Obamacare drama: Political winds shift with health care law

Battered and bruised by politics and its own glitches, the centerpiece of President Obama's health care law is set to begin Tuesday, a highly anticipated date that will set into motion the Democrats' winding reforms and shape decisions at the ballot box for years to come. Published September 30, 2013

** FILE ** House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, March 7, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nancy Pelosi: House GOP's tea partyers are 'playing with fire'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday a "tea party resolution" set for a vote on Friday to avert a government shutdown would devastate health care reforms and investments in jobs, education and research. Published September 19, 2013

With Obamacare in place, annual health spending to jump in 2014: report

Growth in health care spending will remain slow through 2013 as the economy slogs along in its recovery, but improving fiscal conditions, an aging population and expanded coverage under President Obama's health care law will drive up health spending next year by about two percentage points, government analysts said Wednesday. Published September 18, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Steve Scalise, Louisiana Republican, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013. (Associated Press)

House Republicans file, promote an alternative to Obamacare

The Republican Study Committee on Wednesday unveiled a 181-page alternative to the massive federal health care law passed in 2010, touting their "market-focused" reforms as a viable way to fix the nation's broken health care system without imposing mandates and taxes on Americans. Published September 18, 2013

Second court backs Obama birth control mandate

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with the Obama administration in the nationwide legal battle over the mandate to cover contraception services, marking the second time a federal appeals court rebuffed a company that argued the mandatory coverage of birth control violates its religious beliefs. Published September 17, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in 2010 at the White House.

Ex-Obama aide to sell health reform to Hispanics

A nonprofit led by a former aide for President Obama will target the Hispanic population — particularly mothers — in the coming weeks as part of the push to inform Americans about potential benefits under the new health care law. Published September 17, 2013

**FILE** President Obama, accompanied by Sandra Fluke, waves at a campaign event at the University of Colorado Auraria Events Center in Aurora, Colo., on Aug. 8, 2012. Fluke is a Georgetown law student who inadvertently gained notoriety when talk show host Rush Limbaugh spoke disparagingly of her testimony before Congress on the issue of contraception and insurance coverage. (Associated Press)

Court sides with Obama administration in contraception fight

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with the Obama administration in the nationwide legal battle over the mandate to cover contraception services in the new health care law, marking the second time a federal appeals court rebuffed to a company who said the mandatory coverage of birth control violates its religious beliefs. Published September 17, 2013

**FILE** Renee Adams (left) poses with her mother, Irene Salyers, and son, Joseph, 4, at their produce stand in Council, Va., on July 12, 2013. Four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and a vanishing American Dream amid rising incidences of hardship among whites. (Associated Press)

Poverty rate, U.S. income stuck in neutral in 2012

Four years after the official end of the U.S. recession, the nation's poverty rate and median household income showed little positive movement in 2012, according to new data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Published September 17, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, following a Democratic strategy session. (Associated Press)

Sen. Harry Reid: Obstructionist Republicans need to 'grow up' on health law issue

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened floor debate on Tuesday by calling out "misguided Republicans" who want to eliminate a traditional employer subsidy that offsets the costs of health care for members of Congress and their staffs, arguing it is another attempt to derail President Obama's health care law. Published September 17, 2013

Poll finds more share negative view of Obamacare

More than half of the American public holds a negative view of the new health care law, even though many do not fully understand how it will affect them and even fewer want lawmakers to help it fail, new polling shows. Published September 16, 2013

**FILE** Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (Associated Press

Pa. Gov. Corbett open to Medicaid expansion, but reforms must come first

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Monday he will seek federal funds to buy private health insurance for thousands of state residents who are newly eligible for Medicaid under the new health care law, but only if he can secure reforms to the entitlement program first. Published September 16, 2013