Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"
November 2nd, 2013
05:08 PM ET
6 months ago

Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"

(CNN) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was already having a rough week when she was presented with an unwelcome gift at an event in Memphis on Friday.

After being grilled on Capitol Hill and receiving subpoenas from one congressional committee, Sebelius was wrapping up her week at an outreach event when Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey approached her with a copy of the book "Web Sites for Dummies," according to Memphis' The Daily News, which captured the moment on camera.
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Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Tennessee
More HealthCare.gov repairs, outages planned for the weekend
November 2nd, 2013
02:23 PM ET
6 months ago

More HealthCare.gov repairs, outages planned for the weekend

(CNN) – HealthCare.gov, the beleaguered Obamacare federal insurance exchange website, will be down for "extended maintenance" Saturday night as a government technology team works to correct the problems that have plagued it over the past month.

Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said the maintenance aims to "improve network infrastructure and make enhancements to the online application and enrollment tools."
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Filed under: Obamacare
GOP Senator hammers Obamacare in weekly address
November 2nd, 2013
01:25 PM ET
6 months ago

GOP Senator hammers Obamacare in weekly address

(CNN)–Senator Dan Coats of Indiana delivered the GOP weekly address on Saturday, further stressing his party's concerns about Obamacare one month after the disasterous launch of Healthcare.gov.

"Too many Americans still cannot even access the online exchanges," said Coats, "and for the few that have, they're experiencing sticker shock."
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Filed under: Dan Coats • GOP weekly address • Obamacare
Appeals court strikes down Obamacare birth control mandate
November 2nd, 2013
12:57 PM ET
6 months ago

Appeals court strikes down Obamacare birth control mandate

Washington (CNN) – In a ruling likely to set the stage for a battle in the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal appeals court has struck down an Obamacare mandate requiring some businesses to provide insurance coverage for birth control.

A key provision of Affordable Care Act championed by President Obama requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide medical insurance and coverage for contraceptives and pregnancy-related care. The companies must provide the coverage or pay a substantial financial penalty.
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Filed under: Obamacare
Obama puts focus on budget talks in weekly address
November 2nd, 2013
12:43 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama puts focus on budget talks in weekly address

(CNN)–After a week of falling approval ratings and criticism of the botched Obamacare website, President Barack Obama, in his weekly address Saturday, turned his attention to Washington's perennial funding battle.

"We need to grow and create more good jobs faster," the President said. "That’s my driving focus. And I’ll go anywhere and do anything to make it happen."
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Filed under: Budget • Congress • President Obama
November 2nd, 2013
11:45 AM ET
6 months ago

Ted Cruz responds to father's 'ill-advised joke'

(CNN) – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is accusing critics of smear tactics after they attacked his father for saying President Obama should go "back to Chicago, back to Kenya" at an event last year.

Even as he dismissed his father’s comments as a “joke” and ill-advised, he said critics were motivated as much by politics as by genuine outrage.
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Filed under: Ted Cruz