WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of poor people in the United States held steady at nearly 50 million last year, but government programs appear to have lessened the impact, especially on children and the elderly, federal data released on Wednesday showed.
The Census Bureau, using an alternative measure to the government’s main poverty gauge, said the figure was virtually unchanged from a year earlier with the overall poverty rate stuck at 16 percent.
WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The Obama administration,
beset by criticism over the botched opening of its new
healthcare insurance website, says it is working on a plan to
appease hundreds of thousands of people whose coverage has been
canceled and millions of others unable to enroll.
While much of the criticism has come from Republicans, on
Tuesday the head of the agency in charge of implementing
President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law also
came under fire at a congressional hearing from a leading
Democratic senator, who said public confidence had been
undermined by the flawed launch of the HealthCare.gov website.