44: The Obama Presidency



Health Care

Obama touts endorsements by seniors, doctors groups

Ina surprise briefing room appearance, President Obama said Thursday he is "extraordinarily pleased and grateful" for the AARP and American Medical Association endorsements of the health care reform legislation moving through the House of Representatives.

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 03:17 PM ET | Comments (20)

White House: No flu vaccine for Gitmo detainees

The White House says detainees at Guantanamo Bay are not receiving vaccinations against the swine flu vaccine.

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 03:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama girls vaccinated against swine flu

The White House on Tuesday revealed that Sasha and Malia were both vaccinated last week, after the vaccine became available to children in the District.

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 03:09 PM ET | Comments (13)

Public Option Annie, the musical health-care protest

By Garance Franke-Ruta Washington has long attracted demonstrations, but the contentious debates over health-care...

Posted on October 24, 2009 at 03:20 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama signs law ending budget delays for veterans care

President Obama signed legislation to speed up money for veterans health care, making good on a promise me made as a candidate to break through the delays common in Washington.

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 03:52 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama gets a flu shot, but not for swine flu

President Obama received a seasonal flu shot Tuesday afternoon, a White House official said. A White House physician administered the shot while accompanying the president on a trip to New York, where he is attending fund-raisers for the Democratic Party and a House candidate.

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 07:48 PM ET | Comments (22)

Obama administration issues new policy on medical marijuana

The Obama administration delivered new guidance on medical marijuana to federal prosecutors Monday, signaling a broad policy shift that will mean fewer crackdowns against dispensaries and the people who use them.

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 11:36 AM ET | Comments (10)

Obama Hails Snowe's "Seriousness of Purpose"

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden late Tuesday afternoon to...

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 05:25 PM ET | Comments (43)

Obama Cites Support for Health Reform From Republicans

By Anne E. Kornblut After dealing Friday with the surprise distraction of being awarded the...

Posted on October 10, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (56)

Obama Rallies Doctors

President Obama gathered doctors at the White House Monday for a pep rally in support of his health care reform plans, which he argued would help them spend more time treating patients and less time filling out forms.

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM ET | Comments (100)

Obama: Health Insurance Reform Would Help Small Business

By Scott Wilson President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to appeal to...

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

Obama: Stimulus Act Gave Biomedical Research Record Boost

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $5 billion in grants to accelerate research into a broad range of diseases, President Obama announced Wednesday. The White House calls the spate of grants funded as part of the $787 billion stimulus act the largest infusion ever into biomedical research.

Posted on September 30, 2009 at 11:46 AM ET | Comments (25)

Obamas Will Get Flu Vaccine

By Ceci Connolly The first family plans to queue up for the swine flu vaccine...

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 09:05 AM ET | Comments (6)

Biden Plans Move to Health Care Frontlines Next Week

Fresh off his trip to Iraq, Vice President Biden will wade deep into the health-care debate next week, according to administration sources.

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 03:54 PM ET | Comments (56)

White House Sets $25 Million for Medical Liability Project

The White House said on Thursday it had allocated $25 million in grants to states for a pilot program that would seek to ease the impact of malpractice suits on the U.S. medical system, as President Barack Obama pushes for sweeping healthcare reform.

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 03:31 PM ET | Comments (3)

Wilson's Wife: 'Joe, Who's the Nut That Hollered Out, 'You Lie'?'

Roxanne Wilson, wife of controversial South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, said her first impression of the person who interrupted President Obama's speech to Congress last week was that he was a "nut." It was only after the speech she learned that nut was her husband.

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 11:42 AM ET | Comments (53)

Dems Feel Michael Moore's Wrath

By Alec MacGillis PITTSBURGH--Just when it looked like conservatives might be cornering the market on...

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Obama to Appear on 5 Sunday Talk Shows This Weekend

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama will appear on five Sunday talk shows this weekend,...

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 07:13 PM ET | Comments (14)

On '60 Minutes,' Obama Predicts Health Care Will Succeed

President Obama on Sunday ducked a question about whether Rep. Joe Wilson should be rebuked for his outburst during last week's congressional address -- gently noting simply that the current legislative debate had become "a big circus instead of focusing on health care."

Posted on September 13, 2009 at 07:00 PM ET | Comments (15)

Today on the Sunday Talk Shows

By John Amick and Ibby Caputo State of the Union: Collins Won't Support a 'Trigger'...

Posted on September 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM ET | Comments (18)

President Says Uninsured Americans Are More Common Than You'd Think

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama, continuing to mount a fresh surge on health care,...

Posted on September 12, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (74)

Edith Childs Tips Her Hat to the President

Edith Childs, the Greenwood, S.C., councilwoman famed for her church-lady hat and "Fired Up? Ready to Go!" chant that roused first candidate Barack Obama and then his campaign rallies during campaign 2008, said she still prays for the president and his family and staff "in the morning when I get out of bed and at night before I close my eyes, because one thing I do know is that prayer changes things. And the president is going to be OK."

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 09:48 PM ET | Comments (9)

Live Blogging Obama's Health Care Address

President Obama took to the podium on Capitol Hill Wednesday night for a much-anticipated address on health care reform to a joint session of Congress. Washington Post reporters who have been covering the debate will be your guides to the action, offered live analysis and fact-checking.

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 08:15 PM ET | Comments (99)

Obama Promises Clarity on Health Care

Obama said he intends to offer "a lot of clarity about what I think is the best way to move forward" and "a much more detailed plan" than the "core principles that I've already laid out previously."

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 11:48 AM ET | Comments (10)

Two Liberal Groups Target Obama Over His Position on Public Option

Updated 6:13 p.m. By Dan Eggen Two major liberal groups launched petition drives Thursday demanding...

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 03:20 PM ET | Comments (32)

Gesundheit, Elmo: US Teams With Sesame Street to Slow Swine Flu

Three federal agencies are teaming up with the colorful muppets of Sesame Street to teach children and families how to prevent the spread of swine flu this fall, such as by washing their hands, sneezing into the bend in their arms and not touching their faces.

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 11:01 AM ET | Comments (23)

Conservative Radio Host Smerconish to the White House

President Obama has invited conservative Philadelphia talk radio host Michael A. Smerconish to broadcast his nationally-syndicated radio show from the White House Thursday afternoon, a first for radio during his administration.

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 02:03 PM ET | Comments (52)

Democrats Signal Embrace of Co-op Plans

By John Amick Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius signaled on Sunday a willingness...

Posted on August 16, 2009 at 11:42 AM ET | Comments (269)

Reform Politics: The View From Both Sides

By Dan Balz Raucous town hall meetings have become the political story of August. Images...

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 01:27 PM ET | Comments (86)

Health-Care Town Hall a Platform for Obama's Economic Defense

By Dan Balz On the day President Obama took the bully pulpit to New Hampshire...

Posted on August 11, 2009 at 01:39 PM ET | Comments (85)

Obama Takes Issue With 'Political Point-Scorers' Over Health Care

By Michael D. Shear President Obama decried Saturday what he called the "outlandish" claims by...

Posted on August 8, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (382)

Obama Invites Gang of Six to the White House

Six negotiators from the Senate Finance Committee will meet with President Obama Thursday to discuss their fledgling bipartisan health-care bill, White House and Senate sources said.

Posted on August 5, 2009 at 03:39 PM ET | Comments (37)

Baucus (and Obama) Warn GOP Attacks Bad for Bipartisanship

By Shailagh Murray Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said the intensifying attacks against health-care...

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 05:52 PM ET | Comments (52)

White House Pushes Back Against Video Clip

The White House has created a new video message to counter a carefully edited series of old video clips which create the impression that President Obama wants to get rid of private insurance altogether as part of his health reform efforts.

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 08:36 AM ET | Comments (16)

Obama to Lunch with Senate Democrats. All of Them.

President Obama will host the entire Senate Democratic caucus for lunch at the White House on Tuesday, in an effort to review the achievements of his first six months in office and build momentum for major initiatives whose fates are now in the hands of Congress.

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 06:30 AM ET | Comments (25)

Gibbs: Obama Won't Raise Middle-Class Taxes

If two of President Obama's top economic advisers cracked open the door to the possibility middle-class tax increases Sunday, the White House slammed it shut on Monday.

Posted on August 3, 2009 at 05:46 PM ET | Comments (26)

As House and Senate Negotiate, Obama Fine-Tunes His Pitch

On a day when he stumps for health-care reform in North Carolina and Virginia, President Obama will unveil a new message highlighting eight ways that consumers would be better protected if his reform efforts pass, a White House aide said.

Posted on July 29, 2009 at 09:03 AM ET | Comments (154)

Obama Emphasizes Health-Care Impact on Small Business

By Michael D. Shear President Obama continued his campaign on behalf of health-care reform Saturday...

Posted on July 25, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (31)

In Ohio, Obama Presses for Health-Care Reform Bill

Continuing his campaign to win support for an overhaul of the nation's health care system, President Obama came to the is wealthy Cleveland suburb to again make his case that reform is an urgent national priority.

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 04:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Memo from Conservative Activists Warns Against Obama Reform Plans

A group of veteran conservative activists have added their voices to the fight against President Obama's health-care reform efforts, writing in a memo released today that Democratic plans will "bankrupt the country and exacerbate unemployment during these difficult times."

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 12:55 PM ET | Comments (21)

The Hard Sell Begins

President Obama had two audiences in mind throughout his prime-time news conference Wednesday night: Americans who are increasingly skeptical about his effort to reform the health care system and members of Congress looking for guidance as they near politically difficult votes on such a package.

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 08:54 AM ET | Comments (92)

Putting Obama's News Conference Under the Microscope

By Alec MacGillis Few would dispute that President Obama has developed a firm grasp on...

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 09:53 PM ET | Comments (30)

White House Discloses Meetings With Health Care Executives

Updated 9:37 p.m. By Dan Eggen The Obama administration released Wednesday night a list of...

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 07:57 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama: Health Care Reform Is Essential to Rebuilding Economy

President Obama continues his push to convince Congress to continue moving on health care reform with a prime-time news conference tonight that is expected to be dominated by the issue, which Obama calls his top legislative priority.

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM ET | Comments (110)

Obama on Health-Care Reform: 'We're Going to Get It'

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama continued Tuesday pushing for health care reform in the...

Posted on July 21, 2009 at 05:08 PM ET | Comments (73)

Kristol Rallies Republicans to 'Go for the Kill' on Health-Care Reform

By Perry Bacon Jr. In January 1994, conservative commentator William Kristol wrote a widely read...

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 04:36 PM ET | Comments (28)

Obama Pushes Back Against Talk of Health Care as His 'Waterloo'

Continuing his push to get Congress to pass health care reform in the next few weeks, President Obama attacked a recent remark by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who told conservative activists the GOP would make health care Obama's "Waterloo."

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 02:51 PM ET | Comments (16)

Steele Blasts Democratic Health Reform Push, Urges Obama to 'Slow Down'

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele this morning blasted the Democratic health care bills moving through Congress, joining the growing number of critics in the GOP who are say the proposals will slow the economy, dramatically increase the deficit and make health care worse for the millions who already have insurance.

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 10:06 AM ET | Comments (311)

State of Play: Obama Selling, Americans Buying?

President Obama embarks on a round-the-clock personal lobbying blitz for his cherished health-care overhaul this week, while key congressional chairmen continue to search for compromise as the August recess nears.

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 08:58 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Says Health-Care Reform Essential to Repairing Economy

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama urged Congress today to push past growing doubts and...

Posted on July 18, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (217)

Obama on Health Care: 'This Is Going to Happen'

By Michael D. Shear President Obama vowed again today to push through health-care reform, saying...

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 04:45 PM ET | Comments (20)

Health Care is Topic A at Biden Task Force Meeting in Virginia

Vice President Biden convened a meeting of the administration's Middle Class Task Force in Alexandria today to discuss how Obama's health care reform proposals will affect older Americans, taking questions for an hour before an audience of more than a hundred senior citizens.

Posted on July 16, 2009 at 04:31 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama: HELP Vote 'Should Give Us Hope'

President Obama hailed legislators on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for voting the "Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for All Americans" health care reform bill out of their committee today by a vote of 13 to 10.

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 11:07 AM ET | Comments (12)

Healthcare Town Hall Tanked on the Tube

Last night's ABC News special on health care, criticized in advance by Republicans as an infomercial for the president's reform plan, "struggled for viewers," according to The Hollywood Reporter's The Live Feed blog.

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 07:07 PM ET | Comments (13)

On Health Care, the Messenger Changes, But Questions Remain the Same

By Dan Balz The repeated applause President Obama received from members of the American Medical...

Posted on June 15, 2009 at 02:51 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Offers More Health-Care Savings Through Limits on Payments

President Obama proposed today to rein in spending on federal health programs for the elderly and the poor, bringing his total proposed savings to nearly enough to cover the full cost of sweeping health reform, a top adviser said.

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

War Bill's Flu Provision Could Trip Up GOP

If GOP lawmakers follow through with their opposition by voting against the final bill next week, a "no" vote on flu prevention will appear on the books.

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 08:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Writes Fourth Grader a Memorable Absence Note

President Obama gave a fourth grader who ditched class with her dad to see him a hand-written note excusing her absence.

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 02:47 PM ET | Comments (59)

Obama Touts Public Plan at Health Care Town Hall

President Obama today reiterated his call for a government-run insurance option as part of his a plan to remake the nation's health care system.

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 02:22 PM ET | Comments (63)

Senate Republicans Send Obama Letter Opposing Public Health Plan

All but one of the ten Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee signed a letter to President Obama today outlining their opposition to a so-called public option in a health care overhaul, illustrating what has become the sharpest divide between the two parties on this issue.

Posted on June 8, 2009 at 03:20 PM ET | Comments (43)

Irked Grassley Tweets Obama in France, 'You Got Nerve'

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said that President Obama has "nerve" to tell lawmakers that "it's time to deliver" on a health care overhaul while he spent Saturday in Paris.

Posted on June 7, 2009 at 04:29 PM ET | Comments (31)

Obama Says Congress Must Act to Fix 'Broken' Health-Care System

By Michael A. Fletcher Stepping up his push to enact legislation to reform the nation's...

Posted on June 6, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (35)

President Visits Naval Medical Center

By Michael D. Shear President Obama touched down at in Marine One at 1:20 p.m....

Posted on June 1, 2009 at 04:59 PM ET | Comments (2)

From Obama, High Hopes for Reform Legislation

By Michael D. Shear President Obama expressed optimism today that two of his signature efforts...

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 06:12 AM ET | Comments (7)

House Pledges July 31 Deadline to Pass Health Care Reform

House leaders pledged today to pass comprehensive health care legislation by July 31, a deadline President Obama said showed the "urgency" needed to fulfill his signature reform measure this year.

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 10:57 AM ET | Comments (40)

Obama Wants Healthier Workers

By Ed O'Keefe You know the saying that if you want to get ahead in...

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 12:59 PM ET | Comments (6)

White House Seeks Additional Funds to Expand Coverage

Even as President Obama was extracting a pledge for health industry lobbyists to voluntarily rein in medical costs, the administration was struggling to come up with cash to pay for an expansion of coverage to millions more Americans.

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 12:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Swine Flu' Name Sticks at Some Government Agencies

The message that the virus is now being called the H1N1 flu virus has been slow to penetrate the vast federal bureaucracy.

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 12:26 PM ET | Comments (5)

White House: Obama 'Never in Any Danger' from Swine Flu

In the middle of an emerging public health crisis, the White House struggled repeatedly today to convince the world -- and more importantly, the press corps -- that the president was healthy.

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 07:30 PM ET | Comments (12)

Flu News Page

A passenger arriving from Mexico answers journalists questions at Frankfurt's airport April 27, 2009. (Johannes...

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sebelius Vote Coming As Early as Tuesday

The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday on the nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) to be secretary of health and human services, according to an agreement reached Thursday night.

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 11:53 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Makes Health Reform Office Official

By Ceci Connolly One month after its director began work, President Obama made it official...

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Drops Controversial Third-Party Billing Proposal for Veterans

President Obama today abandoned a proposal to bill veterans' private insurance companies for treatment of combat-related injuries after the measure prompted an outcry from veterans service organizations and members of Congress.

Posted on March 18, 2009 at 06:00 PM ET | Comments (23)

Coming This Spring: Health Care Forums in the States

By Ceci Connolly Hoping to keep up public pressure for a sweeping health care overhaul...

Posted on March 6, 2009 at 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gupta Steps Aside

Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has decided against becoming the U.S. surgeon general.

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 05:40 PM ET | Comments (41)

Stepping Down, Daschle Sends Shockwaves Through Health Policy Arena

Updated 3:18 p.m. By Ceci Connolly Proponents of overhauling America's health care system expressed shock...

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 02:28 PM ET | Comments (69)

Daschle Taps Former Aide for HHS Deputy Secretary

By Ceci Connolly Thomas A. Daschle has tapped yet another former aide to join him...

Posted on January 13, 2009 at 07:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Asked to Stay on Past Inauguration

By Ceci Connolly President Bush's Gobal AIDS czar is keeping his post in the Obama...

Posted on January 12, 2009 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Daschle's Formal HHS Nomination Expected Tomorrow in Chicago

The announcement is no longer a surprise, but should give the former senate majority leader an unusually broad health care portfolio.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 06:48 PM ET | Comments (20)

Baucus Kicks Off Health-Care Reform Debate with 89-Page Memo

Despite significant policy differences between them, President-elect Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) had nothing but happy talk Wednesday on their ability to revamp the nation's $2.1 trillion health system.

Posted on November 12, 2008 at 06:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Makes Hay of McCain Adviser's Health Care Comment

Obama seized on remarks made by McCain's top economic adviser today to call McCain's health care plan "radical" and "unaffordable."

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 04:49 PM ET | Comments (36)

Coalition of Liberal, Rights Groups Attacks McCain Health Care Plan

By Ed O'Keefe Health Care for America Now, a coalition of liberal, labor, women's...

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (4)

SEIU Launches New Ad Critical of McCain Health Care Plan

The Service Employees International Union is targeting John McCain's health care plan in a new ad airing in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, suggesting the Republican's plan will mean tax increases for middle income Americans.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (37)

Decrying McCain's 'Radical' Plan, Obama Returns Focus to Health Care Coverage

Obama blasted his opponent for having a weak plan on the key pocketbook issue of health insurance.

Posted on October 4, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (77)

New Studies Report Wide Disparity in Health Care Plans

By Perry Bacon Jr. Barack Obama and John McCain are both proposing more than $100...

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 10:00 PM ET | Comments (145)

Romney Boasts of Healthcare Plan

His campaign has a new mailer on the issue. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on December 12, 2007 at 07:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Clinton Shift in Selling Health Plan

Universal coverage is the new point of emphasis, replacing consumer choice. -- Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on November 25, 2007 at 04:18 PM ET | Comments (15)

Richardson's Riff On Universal Care

In Iowa, New Mexico Governor Pitches Health Care For All

Posted on August 7, 2007 at 05:55 PM ET | Comments (0)


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