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July 25, 2014
Republicans are preparing to vote on a resolution that would pave the way for the House to sue President Barack Obama over his executive actions to delay parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Despite bitter congressional wrangling over the health care overhaul law and health spending priorities, several bills introduced this week suggest there is some bipartisan consensus on health care issues.
July 23, 2014
The chairman of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Jack Kingston, R-Ga., was defeated in a bid to seek a Senate seat. Roll Call’s Kyle Trygstad has much more on the results of Georgia primary runoff election, which has jolted the future plans of the House appropriations “cardinal.”
July 22, 2014
The White House press spokesman Josh Earnest today responded to federal appeals court panel ruling that health care overhaul law subsidies only apply to insurance exchanges formally established by the states. The White House insists its legal case will prevail and anticipates the Department of Justice will ask the full court to review the decision.
The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee this afternoon holds a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Robert A. McDonald to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is likely that many questions for McDonald will focus on the VA’s health care organizational culture and management.
July 15, 2014
Most people think of Congress when they think of lobbyists, but there are many lobbyists that focus on federal agencies, seeking to adjust regulatory matters. Congress itself gets into the act, sending agencies a stream of letters, making tweaks via legislative activity and even filing lawsuits. The nation’s pathologists received that kind of help recently.
The House today continues amendment votes on the fiscal 2015 Financial Services spending bill. Health care proposals in the legislation focus on the more than 40 provisions in the 2010 health care law that task the IRS with verifying consumer health insurance exchange subsidies, administering premium tax credits and enforcing the individual and employer health coverage mandates.
The Congressional Research Service is charged with keeping lawmakers apprised of the details of legislative matters and procedures. One of its biggest jobs right now, without a doubt, is tracking the implementation of the 2010 health care law.
July 14, 2014
Congressional appropriators are struggling with the fiscal 2015 spending bills, and both the House and Senate versions of the Labor-HHS-Education bill have not yet to emerged from the committee level. The House subcommittee for the bill is led by Georgia Republican Jack Kingston, who is also vying for his party’s nomination in a July 22 primary runoff election for a Senate seat.
House Speaker John A. Bohener is always delicately balancing the demands of conservative Republicans, and for them, blocking President Barack Obama’s health care initiatives by any means necessary is usually high on the list. Impeaching the president has become a more popular option than ever for some of those lawmakers, who say Obama abused the use of executive orders and illegally adjusted implementation deadlines and requirements for the 2010 health care law.
July 9, 2014
Congressional staff account for more than a quarter of all people enrolled in the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchange plans, so when they make decisions, the effects can ripple.