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Triage for HealthCare.gov: Administration Punts on Small Business Exchange

Sometimes to save the patient, you have to chop off a limb. The Obama administration is doing just that with the underperfoming HealthCare.gov website, announcing Wednesday that it will give up on opening the exchange for small businesses for another year and will rely on direct enrollment through insurance companies and brokers instead.

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Will the Supreme Court Take On Contraception Coverage Challenge?

While Congress continues to focus on the rocky rollout of the health care overhaul, the Supreme Court is expected to mull over challenges to another piece of the law two days before the justices sit down to their Thanksgiving dinners.

High Court Could Weigh In on Contraception

The Supreme Court is expected to decide at a Nov. 26 conference whether to take up one or more of the following cases related to the Obama administration’s contraception rule:

Mental Health: The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights | Commentary

Fifty years ago, the March on Washington and President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Centers Act marked two important milestones for equality and justice in the United States. Unfortunately, just as Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial and economic justice remains a dream unfulfilled, so too is our quest to help those with mental illnesses come out of the shadows and gain equal access to health care, jobs and housing without fear of stigma.

Park Testimony Was Critical to Tamp Down Interbranch Acrimony | Commentary

The Barack Obama White House made the correct decision when it agreed to allow the administration’s top technology officer, Todd Park, to testify before Congress about troubles with the Obamacare rollout.

Having Won the Obamacare Battle, Harry Reid Is Losing the War | Commentary

Forty days into the rollout of Obamacare, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has to be looking for the hot tub time machine that would let him do September all over again.

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Obama Tries to 'Win Back Some Credibility' With Obamacare Fix (Updated)

A deeply frustrated President Barack Obama moved to quell a growing revolt in his party Thursday morning, announcing an administrative fix that would let health insurance companies extend existing policies for a year.

Military's Sexual Assault Problem Belongs in Prosecutors' Hands | Commentary

Despite recent initiatives by the Defense Department, many victims of military sexual assault tell us they still aren’t confident that enough is being done to end sexual violence.

Democrats Fume at White House Over Affordable Care Act's Troubles

A broken promise, plunging poll ratings and the disastrous start for HealthCare.gov have rattled President Barack Obama’s party, and the impatient rank and file want solutions, not just an apology, from the commander in chief.

Let's See How Obamacare Plays Out Over the Long Haul | Commentary

There’s a famous saying: Never judge a book by its cover. The same motto can be used for the Affordable Care Act, launched a few weeks ago.

It's Time to Rein In the Growth of Food Stamps | Commentary

You recall the great American famine of 2010, don’t you? Neither do I, but the outcry surrounding proposals by House Republicans to cut spending on food stamps back to slightly higher than 2010 levels suggests that there surely must have been one.

Senate Starts Bringing Staffers Up to Speed on Health Exchanges

The Senate offered staffers their first opportunity to interact with DC Health Link representatives Tuesday morning, one day into the four-week open enrollment period.

Blame for Health Care Law Failure Lies With Cohen | Commentary

Gary Cohen has got to go. Mr. Cohen, more than anyone else, is responsible for the failed launch of the president’s health care law. Unfortunately, he is protected by his obscurity and hidden by his anonymity.

House Staffers Getting up to Speed on Health Exchanges

House staffers descended upon the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium Thursday morning for a two-hour briefing on obtaining employer-provided health care plans through the District’s health insurance marketplace.

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Democrats' Anxiety Grows Over Obamacare Problems

When a loyal leader on your own team says there is a “crisis of confidence” surrounding your signature initiative, you’ve got trouble.

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Reid Dangles Two-Week Thanksgiving Recess if Senate Expedites Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he hopes to take a recess the week of Thanksgiving and the week after, but he warned that senators would need to cooperate to expedite work on the floor if that is to happen.

Obamacare Was a Broken Promise From the Start | Commentary

As the debate over health care reform reached its climax in Congress during the summer of 2009, President Barack Obama appeared before the American Medical Association in Chicago to build support for his signature legislation. In his speech to the AMA, the president promised unequivocally, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”

Congress: Address the Cancer Care Crisis Now | Commentary

The past several weeks in Washington have been chaotic and laced with uncertainties for all Americans, but particularly for federal workers whose livelihoods depend on a functioning government. Many of them certainly awoke each morning asking themselves if they would report to work that day, when they might expect their next paycheck, and how they might afford their childcare, health care or next mortgage payment.

Compounded Drugs Should Be Regulated | Letter to the Editor

In the Oct. 9 opinion piece “Drug Safety Bill Puts Urgent Treatment in Jeopardy,” Craig H. Kliger argues that the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA, H.R. 3204) would limit eye doctors’ access to drugs compounded in pharmacies. To the contrary, this legislation would improve the safety of these medicines.

Road Kill: The Proverbial Can Is Kicking Back | Commentary

It has become Washington’s most-used phrase: kicking the can down the road. It’s what happens when elected officials do the bare minimum necessary to avert one budget crisis or another, rather than addressing the long-term drivers of our growing national debt.

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