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May 8, 2015

Five years on, Obamacare poses quandary for U.S. Republicans: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans with health insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally satisfied with it, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to repeal it.

President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, was opposed by 53 percent of almost 21,000 Americans surveyed, and favored by 47 percent.

May 8, 2015

Five years on, Obamacare poses quandary for U.S. Republicans-poll

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – Americans with health
insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally
satisfied with it, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a
quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to
repeal it.

President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) of 2010, was opposed by 53 percent of almost
21,000 Americans surveyed, and favored by 47 percent.

May 5, 2015

U.S. Senate Republicans determined to move on fast track trade bill

By Susan Cornwell and Krista Hughes

(Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans plan to push ahead with
legislation key to sealing a Pacific trade pact as soon as
possible, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on
Tuesday, despite objections from the chamber’s top Democrat.

McConnell, speaking on the Senate floor, said that as soon as
the Senate finishes work on budget and Iran legislation, he will
attempt to bring up a bill to streamline the passage of trade
deals through Congress.

May 4, 2015

Clinton willing to testify once to U.S. Benghazi panel – lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton is willing to testify once before a special congressional panel investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, not twice as the panel’s chairman has asked, her lawyer said on Monday.

The attack has hounded former Secretary of State Clinton for years, and Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives investigative panel are digging deeper as she ramps up her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

May 4, 2015

Clinton willing to testify once to Benghazi panel -lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton is willing to testify once before a special congressional panel investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, not twice as the panel’s chairman has asked, her lawyer said on Monday.

The attack has hounded former Secretary of State Clinton for years, and Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives investigative panel are digging deeper as she ramps up her bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Apr 30, 2015

State Dept says extra Benghazi info does not change facts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The State Department said Thursday that the new trove of documents it has provided Congress from its own investigation into the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya do not change the “essential facts” known about the attack.

The facts set out by the State Department’s “Accountability Review Board” (ARB) report, released in December 2012, did not find former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — now a Democratic presidential candidate — responsible for security lapses in Benghazi.

Apr 22, 2015

Democrats blast U.S. House Benghazi probe as out to get Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats on Wednesday criticized a Republican-led probe of the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, as a political assault on Hillary Clinton, citing a possible delay in its final report until 2016, while a related State Department letter seen by Reuters stoked further controversy.

The letter described the investigating committee’s “top priority” as collecting Clinton’s emails about Benghazi, a disclosure likely to fuel Democratic complaints that the focus reflects a desire to undermine her campaign for president.

Apr 20, 2015

Seeking Obamacare alternative, U.S. Republicans eye tax credits

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – If the U.S. Supreme Court
blows up the tax subsidies at the heart of Obamacare in June,
Republicans hope to deliver on their promise to offer an
alternative healthcare plan.

But key parts of it may resemble the one President Barack
Obama delivered five years ago in the Affordable Care Act,
partly reflecting Republican concerns that they could pay a
political price if insurance subsidies are yanked from millions
of Americans later this year.

Apr 15, 2015

Congress approves formula fixing Medicare doctors pay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress on Tuesday approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in time to head off a 21 percent cut in the doctors’ pay.

Final action came as the Senate voted 92-8 to approve the so-called “doc fix”. The House of Representatives had acted over two weeks ago. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama, and he is expected to sign it into law.

Apr 14, 2015

Senate’s McConnell optimistic on swift Medicare ‘doc fix’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With deep cuts in Medicare payments to U.S. physicians looming, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he was optimistic that a bill would pass before midnight to avert the cuts and permanently fix the way Medicare pays doctors.

If the Senate approves the bill and President Barack Obama signs it into law, it would shape up as the first substantive legislative achievement of the 2015-2016 Congress, suggesting some progress toward easing years of gridlock on Capitol Hill.