With midterm congressional elections bearing down, the government changed its regulation of Obamacare to give consumers and states more flexibility to decide on their health plans, insurers more time to sign up customers and taxpayers a chance to avoid more costs.
“If I can persuade Al Sharpton and Bill O’Reilly to come to the same meeting, there are plenty of people of good faith to get something done,” President Barack Obama said in the White House’s East Room yesterday.
The U.S. won commitments from 25 countries and the World Health Organization to work together on systems to better detect and combat outbreaks of infectious diseases such as H7N9 avian flu and Ebola virus.
President Barack Obama said neither he nor members of his administration anticipated the magnitude of the flaws that hobbled the startup of the federal website for people to choose health-care plans under his new law.
As the U.S. House resisted renewal of an anti-domestic violence law, a top priority for women’s groups, Republican leaders turned to Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers to gather the votes to help Democrats pass it.