David's Feed
Jun 19, 2014

Exclusive: Republicans ready messaging campaign aimed at women

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican party officials are putting together a new election year messaging campaign to reach women voters on issues including Obamacare, jobs and education as they seek to gain an advantage in the Nov. 4 congressional elections.

About three weeks of internal polling and focus group research has identified jobs and household finances as the most important issues among 1,206 likely women voters, according to the Republican National Committee, which commissioned the surveys along with the National Republican Congressional Campaign.

Jun 18, 2014

Republicans ready messaging campaign aimed at women

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican party officials are putting together a new election year messaging campaign to reach women voters on issues including Obamacare, jobs and education as they seek to gain an advantage in the Nov. 4 congressional elections.

About three weeks of internal polling and focus group research has identified jobs and household finances as the most important issues among 1,206 likely women voters, according to the Republican National Committee, which commissioned the surveys along with the National Republican Congressional Campaign.

Jun 10, 2014

Republicans call Obamacare subsidies a risk to taxpayers

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans
sought to portray Obamacare subsidies for low-income families as
a financial risk for taxpayers on Tuesday, a claim that could
become a new avenue for campaign attacks on Democratic
candidates this fall.

At a hearing in the Republican-controlled U.S. House,
witnesses from conservative groups said overpayments of federal
subsidies to people newly enrolled in Obamacare health plans
could reach hundreds of billions of dollars while jeopardizing
the health coverage and federal tax refunds of subsidy
recipients found to owe money.

May 17, 2014

EXCLUSIVE,RPT-Obama allies revive push for Obamacare CEO

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – A group of healthcare experts
close to the White House is urging the Obama administration to
appoint a new chief executive officer to oversee Obamacare’s
online health insurance exchanges and safeguard the next open
enrollment period that begins in six months.

The recommendation, in a report due to be released by the
Washington-based Center for American Progress think tank, calls
for a major shakeup within the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, which presided over last year’s disastrous
rollout of the federal market portal, HealthCare.gov.

May 17, 2014

Exclusive: Obama allies revive push for Obamacare CEO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of healthcare experts close to the White House is urging the Obama administration to appoint a new chief executive officer to oversee Obamacare’s online health insurance exchanges and safeguard the next open enrollment period that begins in six months.

The recommendation, in a report due to be released by the Washington-based Center for American Progress think tank, calls for a major shakeup within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which presided over last year’s disastrous rollout of the federal market portal, HealthCare.gov.

May 17, 2014

Obama allies revive push for Obamacare CEO

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – A group of healthcare experts
close to the White House is urging the Obama administration to
appoint a new chief executive officer to oversee Obamacare’s
online health insurance exchanges and safeguard the next open
enrollment period that begins in six months.

The recommendation, in a report due to be released by the
Washington-based Center for American Progress think tank, calls
for a major shakeup within the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, which presided over last year’s disastrous
rollout of the federal market portal, HealthCare.gov.

May 14, 2014

U.S. senators give Burwell’s health secretary bid a cordial hearing

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Sylvia Mathews Burwell,
President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. health secretary,
moved closer to confirmation on Wednesday with a final Senate
hearing that was marked more by bipartisan accolades than tough
questions about Obamacare.

Burwell, Obama’s widely respected budget director, discussed
the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in terms that
sometimes seemed calculated to appeal to Republicans. At one
point she defined healthcare “affordability” in terms of its
cost to taxpayers and the economy, as well as the law’s intended
beneficiaries, many of them low-income Americans.

May 14, 2014

Burwell takes Obamacare hot seat before Senate finance panel

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – Senate Republicans get their
last chance to grill President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S.
health secretary on Wednesday, but seem likely to take a harder
line on the alleged failings of Obamacare than the job
qualifications of Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

The widely respected White House budget director, who got a
cordial reception from both Republicans and Democrats at her
first hearing last week, will appear before the Senate Finance
Committee for a final hearing at which she is again likely to
find support on both sides of the aisle.

May 8, 2014

Burwell seeks to allay Republican fears about Obamacare

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Health Secretary-nominee
Sylvia Mathews Burwell sought to allay a major Republican worry
about Obamacare on Thursday, telling lawmakers that President
Barack Obama’s reforms would not lead to a government-run
single-payer healthcare system on her watch.

Her assurance against an approach reviled by Republicans and
industry leaders came during a two-hour Senate confirmation
hearing at which Burwell received an important endorsement from
Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. Burr sits on
the Senate Finance Committee, which will decide whether to send
her nomination to the floor for a final vote.

May 8, 2014

Obama health secretary nominee pledges bipartisan approach

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – Sylvia Mathews Burwell pledged
on Thursday to take a fresh bipartisan approach to Congress on
the law known as Obamacare, one of the most divisive issues in
American politics, if confirmed by the Senate as the new U.S.
health secretary.

At a hearing expected to be charged with congressional
election rhetoric about President Barack Obama’s healthcare law,
Burwell said she would build on her record as the current White
House budget director by working closely with lawmakers on “our
shared priorities” and finding solutions to issues that
“transcend parties.”

    • About David

      "David Morgan has covered news from Wall Street and Fleet Street to the White House, the Pentagon and Congress, including politics, macroeconomics, military affairs, corporate finance, U.S. intelligence, national security and the international markets. He has also reported from Atlanta on the rise of American conservatism, civil rights, homegrown terrorism and the Olympics, and helped chronicle the Sept. 11 attacks and their aftermath from Philadelphia, New York and Washington."
    • Follow David