44: The Obama Presidency



Health Care

A new frontier in the abortion wars: health insurance

By Garance Franke-Ruta Abortion insurance: Until the debate over reforming health-care, who'd ever heard of...

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 08:56 PM ET | Comments (6)

Michelle Obama presses health reform message

First lady Michelle Obama waded into the health-care reform debate Friday with a video message aimed at women.

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (10)

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)

Objecting to 'Gag Order' on Insurers, Republicans Threaten to Delay HHS Confirmations

Senate Republicans said they will delay confirmation of Obama administration nominees to the Department of Health and Human Services unless HHS lifts what Republicans are calling a "gag order" on insurers.

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 08:05 PM ET | Comments (34)

New White House Health-Care Video -- 'The Obama Plan in 4 Minutes'

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod, in one of his e-mail missives to the Democratic faithful, writes Monday that Team Obama has put together a handy video summing up the president's health-care proposal.

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

Health Ad Spending Set to Top $100M

Total spending on health-care reform ads this year will soon reach the $100-million mark, a new milestone in an advocacy advertising campaign that experts already believe to be the costliest ever.

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 03:25 PM ET | Comments (3)

Liberal Coalition Launches $1.2M Ad Campaign for Public Option

On the day President Obama addressed the AFL-CIO in Pittsburgh, a coalition of liberal groups that includes several major unions launched a seven-figure ad campaign against health insurance companies and in favor of a public insurance option.

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 01:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

Obama on Wilson: 'We All Make Mistakes'

Following a cabinet meeting Thursday, President Obama responds to a question about the outburst from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) during his health care address Wednesday night.

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (49)

Specter Calls for Censure of Wilson

By Garance Franke-Ruta Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) called Thursday for the censure of Rep. Joe...

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM ET | Comments (29)

Video: Bill Clinton's 1993 Health-Care Speech to Congress

Courtesy of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

President's Pollster Sends Congressional Dems a Memo

Presidential pollster Joel Benenson sent a memo to Democrats on Capitol Hill saying that support for a health-care overhaul is higher than it appears and will increase once the specifics are made clear.

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM ET | Comments (14)

President Urges Flu Preparedness and Clean Hands

President Obama called on Americans Tuesday to take common-sense steps -- from staying home from work when they are sick to frequently washing their hands and covering their sneezes with their sleeves and not their hands -- to support government efforts to contain the expected impact of the swine flu.

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

RNC Puts 'Seniors' Bill of Rights' on the Air

By Ben Pershing The Republican National Committee is looking to win increased attention for...

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (18)

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)

GOP Pushes Health 'Bill of Rights'

Republicans launched their latest salvo against President Obama's health-care reform plans today, repackaging their existing criticisms of his proposals as a new "Health Care Bill of Rights for Seniors" that immediately drew return fire from Democrats.

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 04:28 PM ET | Comments (108)

Tea Party Protest Organizers Target Health-Care Reform

The organizers who brought the Tax Day Tea Party to cities around the nation this spring recruited thousands of protesters Saturday afternoon to anti-health care reform rallies staged in front of at least 100 Congressional district offices.

Posted on August 22, 2009 at 06:19 PM ET | Comments (49)

Obama Decries 'Outrageous Myths' About Health-Care Reform

President Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to call for "honest debate" about his health-care reform proposals and decry "willful misrepresentations," "outright distortions" and "outrageous myths" circulating on the Internet, cable television and at town halls across the country.

Posted on August 22, 2009 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (73)

Conservative Group Aims Ad at Vacationing Obama

Updated 4:47 p.m. By Ben Pershing Seeking to ensure that President Obama has a...

Posted on August 21, 2009 at 01:03 PM ET | Comments (14)

On Smerconish Show, Obama Seeks to Clear Up Misconceptions

Pressed by a radio host and listeners calling in from around the country, President Barack Obama tried on Thursday afternoon to clear up confusion surrounding his health care proposals -- and insisted a government-run insurance option would be only a small, and optional, part of it.

Posted on August 20, 2009 at 01:49 PM ET | Comments (153)

On Faith Call, Obama Seeks to Refute 'Ludicrous' Claims About Health Reform

Obama once again sought to refute the idea that his proposal contained anything resembling a "death panel," calling the notion "ludicrous" and an "extraordinary lie." He said other accusations -- such as that the government would fund abortions or grant benefits to illegal aliens -- were "fabrications that have been put out there."

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 06:18 PM ET | Comments (34)

In the Absence of Specifics, 'Public Option' Looms Large

The longer the legislative environment remains fluid, the fewer specifics advocates have to point to in explaining how the new, post-reform world may operate.

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 12:13 PM ET | Comments (197)

Dean: Public Option Essential to Real Health Care Reform

Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, a leading figure in the liberal wing of his party, said Monday he doubts there can be meaningful health care reform without a direct government role.

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 12:43 PM ET | Comments (7)

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)

At White House, Gang of Six Pressed to Continue Bipartisan Talks

President Obama urged six senators to keep up their bipartisan health-care talks, despite scant evidence that their reform legislation is gaining traction among Republicans.

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (19)

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)

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)

Gay Rights Groups Praise Pending End to HIV Travel Ban

Gay rights groups are praising the imminent release of a proposed regulation ending a 1987 U.S. ban on travel and immigration by foreign nationals infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

Posted on June 29, 2009 at 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Emanuel Talks Sanford and Health Care at Monitor Breakfast

Rahm Emanuel talks health care at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Signs Bill Regulating Tobacco

President Obama today signed legislation giving the federal government sweeping new power to regulate the manufacturing, advertising and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 03:15 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama Announces Agreement With Drug Companies

President Obama says the pharmaceutical industry's agreement to help close a gap in Medicare's drug coverage will make health reform more possible.

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 12:53 PM ET | Comments (1)


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