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Dec 20, 2013

Obama says “we screwed it up” on health law debut

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday defended his administration’s decision to delay for some people the requirement to buy medical insurance under his healthcare law, but acknowledged that the botched rollout of the policy was his biggest mistake of 2013.

“Since I’m in charge, obviously we screwed it up,” Obama said at his year-end news conference.

Dec 20, 2013

Latest delay adds to chaotic rollout of Obama’s health law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The government’s move to delay for some people a requirement to buy medical insurance raised new doubts about the already chaotic rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, just days before an enrollment deadline.

In another technical setback on Friday for the main website for enrollment, HealthCare.gov, U.S. officials said it would be down for a few hours to repair an error that occurred overnight.

Dec 18, 2013

Tea Party conservatives shift to fight over U.S. debt ceiling hike

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Even as a touch of bipartisan
bonhomie settles over Washington with the passage of a budget
compromise, conservatives in Congress are planning their next
attempt to rein in government spending when the U.S. bumps up
against its borrowing limit in the spring.

Tea Party-oriented conservatives, who failed in efforts to
stop the budget deal, say they may have a better chance at
attaching new fiscal restraints to legislation raising the U.S.
debt ceiling.

Dec 18, 2013

Tea Party conservatives shift to fight over raising U.S. debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Even as a touch of bipartisan
bonhomie settles over Washington with the pending passage of a
budget compromise, conservatives in Congress are planning their
next attempt to rein in government spending when the U.S. bumps
up against its borrowing limit in the spring.

Tea Party-oriented conservatives, who failed in efforts to
stop the budget deal, say they may have a better chance at
attaching new fiscal restraints to legislation raising the U.S.
debt ceiling.

Dec 17, 2013

Former Microsoft exec named to oversee Obamacare website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the appointment of a former Microsoft Corp executive to oversee its revamped HealthCare.gov website and expand on technology improvements achieved by the site’s outgoing czar, Jeffrey Zients.

Kurt DelBene, who recently retired as head of the software company’s Microsoft Office unit, will spearhead efforts to continue the overhaul of the website, which was set up to provide federally subsidized health insurance to millions of consumers in 36 states.

Dec 17, 2013

Former Microsoft exec to oversee Obamacare website overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kurt DelBene, a recently retired Microsoft executive who headed the software giant’s Office unit, will spearhead efforts to continue the overhaul of the federal government’s website for health insurance, the government said on Tuesday.

DelBene, who starts his new job on Wednesday, will replace Jeffrey Zients, a long-time aide to President Barack Obama who starts a new job as top economic adviser at the White House in the new year.

Dec 13, 2013

Analysis: Despite budget deal, atmosphere at U.S. Capitol remains toxic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anyone expecting a new era of good feeling to break out on Capitol Hill in the wake of this week’s bipartisan budget deal should probably forget about it.

That was the clear message from most lawmakers interviewed on Friday as well as from close observers of Congress, after the deal passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday on its way to the Senate.

Dec 12, 2013

Republican feud boils over in U.S. budget deal fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The bitter ideological feud tearing at the Republican Party boiled over on Thursday as the U.S. Congress considered a bipartisan budget deal with angry recriminations between the Republicans’ top elected leader and the powerful conservative organizations that have been tormenting him for years.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner said the outside groups had stepped over a line and “lost credibility” in fighting the deal.

Dec 12, 2013

Boehner erupts at conservative groups ahead of U.S. budget vote

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives
Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who
oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as
lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house.

The Republican Boehner said groups had “lost all
credibility” and stepped “over the line” by urging lawmakers to
oppose the bill, which would avoid showdowns for about two years
and blunt some of the automatic budget cuts known as the
“sequester”.

Dec 12, 2013

U.S. budget deal heads for tense vote in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house.

The Republican Boehner said external groups had “lost all credibility” and stepped “over the line” by urging lawmakers to oppose the bill, which would avoid showdowns for about two years and mitigate some of the automatic budget cuts known as the “sequester”.