Archive for ‘November, 2013’

Kennedy assassination still fresh in DC >

Fifty years ago, it was just another Friday. On November 22, 1963, my father had walked the one block home from his job on Capitol Hill to eat lunch with my mother, who was just days away from giving birth to her first child. After having his lunch, my dad …

What happened in the Senate on the nuclear option >

We have heard about it for almost ten years. Republicans threatened to go “nuclear” during the Bush Administration, but backed down. Democrats also threatened to change the filibuster rules for months, and then finally did it just before a Thanksgiving break. So, what changes? And what doesn’t? 1. Most nominees …

Health law gets thumbs down from small business >

The discontent over the changes from the Obama health law spilled into a Senate hearing on Wednesday, as several small business owners gave Senators a blunt negative review of the changed health system, arguing that the results so far have not improved their bottom line or the health coverage for …

Big chunk of health law IT work not finished >

Raising more questions about when the Obama health law will be fully operational, a top federal official told Congress today that 30-40% of the IT infrastructure behind the healthcare.gov website still hasn’t been finished. Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Henry Chao told lawmakers that “we still have …

GOP stays on offense on health law >

As lawmakers in the Congress – and average Americans – get ready to focus on Thanksgiving in coming days, Republicans are still pressing their case against the Obama health law, holding another hearing on Tuesday about security issues and readying plans to take their arguments on the road in coming …

Feds send out “Black Friday” store safety ideas >

After watching big crowds gather around the country at stores for various “Black Friday” sales on the day after Thanksgiving, the federal government has now issued “Crowd Management Safety Guidelines” for retailers, to help “avoid injuries during the holiday shopping season.” “The busy shopping season should not put retail workers …

Implementing the Obama health law >

Almost every day in recent weeks, I get a message from a listener or a reader who demands to know how the Obama Administration can make certain changes in the operational details of the President’s health law. “Unconstitutional!” they often say. They usually don’t like my answer when I tell …

What the House vote on health care tells us >

As Republicans pushed through a bill that would enshrine the President’s ‘if you like your insurance plan, you can keep it’ pledge into law, both parties were furiously spinning the outcome, as a chunk of Democrats voted for the bill, even after a late “fix” offered on Thursday by President …

Obama offers health law fix >

Feeling the heat over the bungled rollout of the healthcare.gov website and from hundreds of thousands of notices canceling health plans, President Obama offered an administrative fix on Thursday, basically giving people an extra year to stay on those plans. “We did fumble the ball on it,” the President said. …

More heartburn for Democrats over health law >

As the Obama Administration finally released the first official enrollment numbers for the Obama health law and tech experts tried to explain the troubles of healthcare.gov before a House committee, Democratic unity on the health law continued to crack amid concerns about political fallout over the President’s insurance pledge. “The …