White House to begin Obamacare March Madness Monday
March 16th, 2014
06:52 PM ET
6 months ago

White House to begin Obamacare March Madness Monday

Washington (CNN) - As hoop heads across the country prepare for the Big Dance, President Barack Obama's administration is banking on a new March Madness-focused campaign to help boost Obamacare enrollment.

To coincide with the start of NCAA basketball tournament, a White House official says the administration is launching an all-encompassing push around the annual basketball bonanza that will feature athletes, coaches, and others, in hopes of spurring more Americans to sign up for health care before the March 31 deadline.

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March 11th, 2014
08:57 AM ET
6 months ago

No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis

Updated 12:29 p.m. ET, 3/11/2014

Washington (CNN) – President Obama took his message of health care for all to a cult internet comedy show, in an effort to get young people to sign up for Obamacare.

He appeared alongside Zach Galifianakis in the comedian and actor's mock talk-show called "Between Two Ferns." The interview with the President was recorded last month and posted Tuesday morning on the popular website "Funny or Die."

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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • President Obama
March 11th, 2014
07:32 AM ET
6 months ago

CNN Poll: Support for Obamacare slightly edges up

Washington (CNN) - Support for the country's new health care law appears to be rebounding slightly, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday indicates that nearly all of the increased support comes from upper-income and college-educated Americans.

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GOP: 'Another broken promise' on healthcare
March 1st, 2014
10:46 AM ET
6 months ago

GOP: 'Another broken promise' on healthcare

Washington (CNN) - Republicans continued assaulting President Barack Obama's administration over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on Saturday, accusing the President of breaking his word and violating the trust of the America people.

In the weekly GOP address, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, cited a "quietly-released report" from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that claimed 11 million people would face higher premiums because of the healthcare law. The St. Louis lawmaker said this revelation is the latest piece of evidence that the Obama administration misled the public on how the President's signature piece of legislation would impact American families.

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Filed under: Ann Wagner • GOP weekly address • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare
February 27th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
6 months ago

Nutrition labels to get makeover for first time in 20 years

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is hoping to make healthy eating easier for Americans by announcing a makeover for all nutrition labels on pre-packaged foods.

The Food and Drug Administration’s proposed new rules would be the first upgrade in 20 years and would include changing the serving size and updating the recommended daily guidelines for various nutrients.

The guidelines will be announced on Thursday by first lady Michelle Obama in an event at the White House.

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Filed under: FDA • Health care • Michelle Obama • White House
Reid: 'Vast majority' of Koch ads are lies
February 26th, 2014
09:46 PM ET
6 months ago

Reid: 'Vast majority' of Koch ads are lies

(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fired away Wednesday at political ads hitting Obamacare funded by the billionaire Koch brothers that he says are all "untrue."

Reid later eased off some of his comments, but continued to pile on criticism of Americans for Prosperity.

That group, backed by conservatives Charles and David Koch, has flooded airwaves with ads attacking vulnerable Democratic senators up for reelection and Senate candidates for their support of Obamacare.
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Filed under: David and Charles Koch • Harry Reid • Health care
Clinton endorses looking at Obamacare fixes, but defends law
February 26th, 2014
07:00 PM ET
6 months ago

Clinton endorses looking at Obamacare fixes, but defends law

Orlando (CNN) – Hillary Clinton backed efforts to alter Obamacare on Wednesday, but also used her remarks to a health care group in Florida to offer a full defense of the sweeping and controversial law.

“I think we are on the right track in many respects but I would be the first to say if things aren’t working then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes,” the former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential candidate said.

In particular, Clinton pointed to issues with “small business of 50 or more” providing coverage to their employees, and businesses “moving people from full-time work to part-time work to try to avoid contributing to their health care” as issues that should be addressed.
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Filed under: Health care • Hillary Clinton • Obamacare
January 23rd, 2014
02:22 PM ET
7 months ago

Huckabee invokes 'libido' in birth control debate

Washington (CNN) - Mike Huckabee urged Republicans to aggressively fight back against Democratic attempts to make female "libido" a campaign issue - language that may inflame the ongoing war of words between Republicans and Democrats over women's health issues.

Addressing a Republican National Committee luncheon in Washington, Huckabee said Thursday Democrats have invented a phony "war on women" in an effort to lure female voters into their fold.
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Filed under: Health care • Mike Huckabee • RNC
U.S. drops contractor for work on Obamacare website
January 10th, 2014
12:13 PM ET
8 months ago

U.S. drops contractor for work on Obamacare website

Updated 1:32 p.m. ET, 1/10/14

(CNN) - The Obama administration has cut ties with CGI Federal for its work as the main contractor on the Obamacare website, a source familiar with the decision told CNN.

The contract was up and not renewed, the source said.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
Republican senator takes Obamacare grievance to court
January 6th, 2014
12:01 PM ET
8 months ago

Republican senator takes Obamacare grievance to court

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Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is waging a new battle against Obamacare outside of Congress, hiring a powerhouse attorney and filing a federal lawsuit that could reopen a debate over how lawmakers get their own healthcare.

“This is a lawsuit that I am filing against Katherine Archuleta and the Office of Personnel Management to overturn their ruling that gives members of Congress and their staffs special treatment under the health care law,” Johnson told reporters Monday.  “I think it’s a basic issue of fairness.”

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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare • Ron Johnson
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