(CNN) - A federal judge in Florida has issued a stay on his ruling earlier this year that the Obama administration's health care bill could not be enforced.
Judge Roger Vinson, in his order Thursday, put a hold on his January 31 ruling and told the administration to expedite an appeal into whether current parts of the law can remain in effect.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Responding to fierce criticism of his new health care law, President Obama is now supporting an amendment that would allow states to opt out of key requirements sooner if they can match or come up with a better plan.
"If your state can create a plan that covers as many people as affordably and comprehensively as the Affordable Care Act does without increasing the deficit," Obama said, "you can implement that plan and we'll work with you to do it."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney made clear Tuesday he has an answer to critics who say the health care plan he enacted as governor of Massachusetts inspired the national law so fiercely opposed by Republicans.
In an interview on The View, Romney said his plan for Massachusetts – which like the national one mandates coverage – was never designed to be applied to other states.
Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans have vowed to force a vote on repealing the health care law, but when should we expect it to occur?
Well, Sen. John Cornyn suggested Tuesday morning it might happen soon.
Washington (CNN) - Legislation repealing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul cleared a key procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives Friday, likely setting up a final House vote to undo the measure next Wednesday.
Washington (CNN) - Legislation being pushed by House Republicans to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will add $230 billion to the federal debt by 2021, according to an analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Democrats immediately pounced on the report, arguing, among other things, that it undermines the new GOP House majority's emphasis on fiscal responsibility.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that before the House acts on final health care legislation, leaders are waiting for costs assessments from the Congressional Budget Office, and information from the Senate parliamentarian.
Specifically, House leaders want to know "what the Senate will be able to do" in a controversial reconciliation bill meant to correct changes in the underlying health care bill.
Pelosi's comments came after an hour-and-a-half meeting in the Capitol with House and Senate Democratic leaders, and the White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel that, in part, dealt with allaying distrust some House Democrats have of Senate Democrats and their ability to pass the reconciliation bill.
Asked if House leaders want a letter or some other concrete assurance about what the Senate can pass in a reconciliation bill, Pelosi, D-California, said no.
"We are way far down the road. It's not a question of confidence. It's a question now of making sure those numbers are what we represent them to be and we have to have that validation from the CBO," she said. FULL POST
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The struggle over health care reform is expected to reach a fever pitch Wednesday.
President Barack Obama, putting a significant chunk of his political capital on the line, will take his case for change to the airwaves while congressional negotiators tackle politically explosive proposals relating to coverage and cost control.
Overhauling the health care system is Obama's top domestic priority, but the initial proposals to reach Congress last week received a rocky reception. House and Senate Democrats are responding by intensifying their efforts.
They are holding four separate hearings Wednesday focusing, among other things, on the question of how to pay a price tag that may exceed $1 trillion.
WASHINGTON (CNN) –- The Republican National Committee slams President Obama’s plan to reform the nation’s health care system in a new television ad that is set to air Wednesday on national cable television.
The RNC also offers thinly-veiled criticism of ABC for broadcasting a live presidential town hall meeting Wednesday on the issue of health care, but not including GOP national leaders in the event. The RNC does not name ABC, but mentions that the president will appear on a "national TV network" to discuss the issue. Republicans have accused ABC of promoting Obama's health care plan, pointing to the extensive coverage the network is giving the subject on its morning, evening and late night newscasts. The network has denied the charge.
This is the RNC's first TV ad of the 2010 election cycle. It will not release further details about the ad buy, but the script hints that it will only run on Wednesday - timed to coincide with the ABC town hall.