(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to expand Medicaid in the state, calling the decision "very expensive and not fiscally conservative."
The first-term Republican senator from Kentucky said that while no “one person gets to decide what is and what isn't conservative,” the New Jersey governor’s acceptance of a portion of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act suggests that Christie is not a true conservative.
Washington (CNN) - Congressional Republicans used Wednesday's dismal Obamacare enrollment figures to bolster their case that the Affordable Care Act needs to be dismantled - a persistent GOP rallying cry since the law was first passed in 2010 with no Republican votes.
"Above all, this report is a symbol of the failure of the President's health care law," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a written statement. "It is a rolling calamity that must be scrapped."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - There's a fight brewing and it could get ugly.
In one corner is the Republican Party. And in the other ... the Republican Party.
The stakes could not be higher. The GOP has failed to get a majority of Americans to vote for its presidential candidates in five of the last six elections. And Tuesday night's gubernatorial races - a win in New Jersey and loss in Virginia - sent confusing signals, at best, about where the party is headed.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - It's not about the website anymore.
Republican foes of Obamacare still use words like "disaster" and "epic" failure in describing problems with HealthCare.gov, the portal for enrolling in President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The controversy over President Barack Obama's dialing back of his famous healthcare pledge is playing out immediately in real time on the campaign trail.
American Crossroads, a leading pro-GOP super PAC that was co-founded and is steered by Karl Rove, announced Tuesday that it's going up with paid web ads that target three Democratic Senators who face tough re-election bids next year. The spots tie the lawmakers to the President's claim that Americans could keep current health insurance under the Affordable Care Act if they preferred it.
Washington (CNN) - A "big f***ing deal" has become an equally big fight, with Republicans relentlessly attacking President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms over the new reality they are bringing to the health insurance market.
One reason is the GOP's ideological opposition to big government, as manifested by the health care overhaul intended to hold down rising costs that threaten U.S. fiscal stability.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Even though polls show House Republicans got much of the blame for the government shutdown triggered by the fight over Obamacare, there are no signs they are giving up on that fight.
With fresh data and the acknowledgment from President Barack Obama that the web portal to enroll in new health care plans isn't working, Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders told House Republicans on Wednesday the website's bumpy rollout gives them an opening to seize public attention.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The White House Wednesday denied an accusation from a top Democratic Senator that a House Republican leader told President Barack Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you” during a recent White House meeting on the government shutdown.
“I looked into it and spoke with somebody who was in the meeting and it did not happen,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in response to a question about the charge, which Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, posted online three days ago.
Washington (CNN) - In a sign of the political hangover congressional Republicans are suffering in the wake of the government shutdown, three-quarters of Americans in a new national poll say that most GOP members of Congress don't deserve to be re-elected.
A CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also found a majority saying that the Republicans' policies are too extreme. And according to the poll, Democrats have an 8-point advantage over the Republicans in an early indicator in the battle for control of Congress. But with more than a year to go until the 2014 midterm elections, there's plenty of time for these numbers to change.FULL STORY
Just more than half the public says that it's bad for the country that the GOP controls the House of Representatives, according to a new national poll conducted after the end of the partial government shutdown.
And the CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that more than six in 10 Americans say that Speaker of the House John Boehner should be replaced.
The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, just after the end of the 16-day partial federal government shutdown that was caused in part by a push by House conservatives to try and dismantle the health care law, which is President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.FULL STORY