WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican who will lead an investigation of the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic quarters in Benghazi was known for courtroom theatrics in his time as a prosecutor, portending dramatic hearings on an issue that already has strained partisan civility in Washington.
Republicans hope to gain political traction before congressional elections in November by accusing the White House of muddying the facts to protect President Barack Obama after the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were killed in the attacks by Islamic militants.
SOMERSWORTH, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in the Congress have grown more confident in recent months about their ability to use the president’s signature healthcare law as a draw rather than a liability in this November’s midterm elections.
Three races in New Hampshire illustrate the challenge, offering a test of whether Democrats can overcome voter skepticism about the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law, aiming to expand health insurance coverage to millions more Americans, has come under sustained attack from Republicans.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives named seven lawmakers to a special committee on Friday to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks, but Democrats called the panel a stunt and were undecided on whether they would participate.
Democrats say several committees have already investigated the Benghazi attacks exhaustively, without proving Republican allegations that the administration did too little to repulse the attacks and then tried to protect President Barack Obama from the political fallout.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Thursday to avert looming pay cuts for doctors under the government’s Medicare health insurance program for older Americans and the disabled.
The measure to postpone the cuts was approved in a voice vote after an earlier delay signaled potential trouble mustering support for the bill, which halts the pay cuts for one year. Senate Democratic leaders hoped to bring the bill up for a vote in that chamber later on Thursday, a Senate Democratic aide said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday he expected Congress to act swiftly on legislation to avert looming Medicare pay cuts for doctors after he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, agreed to the proposal.
The House of Representatives will vote on Thursday on the legislation delaying the cuts for another year, Boehner said, adding he expected the Senate would follow “pretty quickly.”
WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) – The Republican-run U.S.
House of Representatives on Friday approved a bipartisan deal to
spare doctors from a looming Medicare pay cut but included a
provision to undermine Obamacare, which critics said was a
non-starter in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The vote was 238-181, with most House Democrats refusing to
swallow what they called an Obamacare “poison pill,” a provision
to delay for five years the tax penalty that most Americans must
pay under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law if they
decline to sign up for insurance.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a bipartisan deal to spare doctors from looming Medicare pay cuts, but included a provision to undermine Obamacare that critics said made the bill a non-starter in the Democratic-run Senate.
The vote was 238-181, with most Democrats refusing to swallow the Obamacare “poison pill” Republicans included to delay for five years the tax penalty that Americans must pay under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law if they decline to sign up for insurance.
WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – A bipartisan deal in
Congress to spare doctors from recurring Medicare pay cuts was
in jeopardy on Thursday, as Republicans ignored protests from
physicians and moved forward with legislation that would use the
so-called “doc fix” to undermine Obamacare.
Hundreds of thousands of doctors who participate in
traditional Medicare face a 24 percent pay cut on April 1, as
part of a 1990s initiative to restrain federal spending on the
government healthcare program, which today serves nearly 50
million elderly and disabled people.
WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – U.S. doctors’ biggest lobby
group said on Thursday legislation intended to avoid a major
Medicare pay cut for doctors had become a victim of partisan
politics after Republicans tied it to their efforts to undermine
The American Medical Association, the biggest lobby group
for U.S. doctors, called on lawmakers in the Senate and House of
Representatives to resume the bipartisanship that early this
year produced legislation for a permanent “doc fix” that would
avoid once and for all a cut in traditional Medicare payments
enshrined in a 1997 budget law.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republicans said on Wednesday that they are pushing a plan to delay for five years the penalties for failing to buy health insurance under Obamacare, and to use the savings to spare doctors from a steep cut in Medicare payments.
Delaying until 2019 the financial penalty for not signing up for health insurance would slow down Obamacare signups and save the government billions of dollars that would otherwise be paid out in taxpayer subsidies to enrollees, the Republicans say, citing Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates.