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November 27, 2015

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November 4, 2015

White House Deflects Blame for GOP Gains

Matt Bevin

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Shifting demographics and Republican turnout fueled another victorious election night for Republican candidates, the White House contends, not the president or his health care law.

The morning after a Republican won the Kentucky governor’s race and a year after another GOP success in the midterms, reporters pushed Press Secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday on whether President Barack Obama is to blame for Republican gains in Congress and at the state level since he took office. Full story

September 15, 2015

CBO: 14 Million Would Lose Health Insurance Without Individual Mandate

Repealing the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare would cause the ranks of the uninsured to soar by 14 million people but would lower the deficit, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Tuesday.

Eliminating the mandate — a goal of Republicans — would also cause health insurance premiums to jump 20 percent in the individual market, the CBO estimated in conjunction with the Joint Committee on Taxation.  Full story

August 18, 2015

Rubiocare Would Upend Traditional Health Insurance

Marco Rubio health plan

Rubio throws a football with children during a Family Night event at Dean Park in Ankeny, Iowa, Monday. He’s pitching a new health plan. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposed health care alternative would dramatically alter the health insurance landscape in America — well beyond repealing Obamacare.

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July 28, 2015

Why GOP’s Obamacare Reconciliation Effort Is Doomed

McConnell says he'll try to repeal Obamacare again though he has acknowledged it won't work. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell says he’ll try to repeal Obamacare again though he has acknowledged it won’t become law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are touting — again — another doomed effort to repeal Obamacare while President Barack Obama remains president.

The latest pledge has been in the works for a while, using special budget rules to get a repeal — or a very large chunk of a repeal — through the Senate and onto the president’s desk using a filibuster-proof reconciliation measure. Full story

June 25, 2015

Obamacare SCOTUS Win Sets Up Huge Week for Obama (Updated) (Video)

Obamacare supporters demonstrated outside the Supreme Court Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Obamacare supporters demonstrated outside the Supreme Court Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:29 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s enormous 6-3 win in the Supreme Court upholding subsidies nationwide for Obamacare — and preserving his signature domestic accomplishment — sets up what has the makings of the biggest week of his second term. Full story

June 18, 2015

Obama May Face First Veto Override: Medical Device Tax

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama has his work cut out for him if he’s going to avoid House Republicans nixing part of the Affordable Care Act with a veto override.

The 2.3 percent tax on medical devices enacted as part of that law passed Thursday in the House 280-140, giving Republicans hope they’ll have the votes for an override, which requires a two-thirds majority. That came with a dozen Republicans absent for the vote. Every Republican present and 46 Democrats voted to nuke the tax. Full story

June 8, 2015

Frustrated Obama Fights Courts, Congress, ISIS, Putin (Updated) (Video)

Frustrated Obama King v. Burwell Obamacare

Cassie Boyle, 8, and her sister Helena Roberts, 11, hold a picture of their father and grandmother, Hannah Brown, at a rally outside of the Supreme Court during March arguments in the King v. Burwell case. Brown died 1999 at age 58, and the family attributes her death to her lack of sufficient health insurance. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:25 p.m. | The “fourth quarter” of President Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t exactly going according to plan.

All of the president’s frustrations appeared on full display Monday at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Germany — with Obama taking on the courts, Congress, the Islamic State terror group and Vladimir Putin. Full story

March 25, 2015

Obama ‘Ready to Sign’ Bipartisan Doc Fix (Updated)

Updated 11:30 p.m. | President Barack Obama pronounced himself “ready to sign” a bipartisan “doc fix” Wednesday.

“I’ve got my pen ready to sign a good, bipartisan bill,” Obama said at an event that amounted to a victory lap for the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Full story

December 11, 2014

Obama Backs Cromnibus

President Barack Obama would sign the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus,” with the White House urging Democrats to help put the bill over the top with passage of the bill in doubt later this afternoon.

The rule for the bill passed narrowly 214-212 earlier Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the president’s support Thursday afternoon, saying the 1,600-page bill represented a compromise and included items the president did not support on campaign finance and regulating banks involvement in derivatives. Full story

July 22, 2014

Obamacare Ruling a Balm to Boehner, Headache for Obama

Just when the president and his allies on Capitol Hill were starting to feel like the Obamacare troubles were mostly behind them, an appeals court decision brought another political and legal headache and new uncertainty about the law’s future Tuesday.

While White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest expressed confidence that the 2-1 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Halbig v. Burwell voiding tax subsidies for people in states using would be reversed, the outcome of the case at least has the potential to gut subsidies at the core of the law for millions.

The ruling came gift-wrapped for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, who plans a parallel lawsuit by the House seeking to undo Obama’s delays of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate — even though the House has voted to delay that mandate.

“For the second time in a month, the courts have ruled against the president’s unilateral actions regarding ObamaCare,” Boehner said in a statement. “The president has demonstrated he believes he has the power to make his own laws. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work.”

It had Democrats on Capitol Hill fuming, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., calling it “absurd” and a case of “activist Republican judges.”

And Democrats and Republicans alike pointed to Reid’s decision last year to employ the “nuclear option” to end a GOP blockade of Obama nominees for the D.C. Circuit — as well as other posts — as potentially key to overturning the ruling. Full story

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