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At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

2013 was a year of milestones and horror: the election of a new pope, the birth of a future king and horrific terrorist attacks in Algeria, Kenya and the United States.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International
Obama: Affordable Care Act is working despite problems

Obama: Affordable Care Act is working despite problems

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Friday defended his decision to extend hardship exemptions to some individual policyholders under the Affordable Care Act.
Healthcare executives say Obamacare will cut costs

Healthcare executives say Obamacare will cut costs

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Some in politics and media say the Affordable Care Act will fail, but top U.S. healthcare executives say healthcare will improve, a survey says.
Higher medical costs, not 'Obamacare,' boost insurance premiums

Higher medical costs, not 'Obamacare,' boost insurance premiums

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Although the Affordable Care Act has been blamed for increased health insurance premiums, little is attributed to healthcare reform, U.S. researchers say.
Obama schedule for Wednesday, Dec. 18

Obama schedule for Wednesday, Dec. 18

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meets with some mothers Wednesday to discuss how healthcare reform could aid their families, the White House said.

Report: Obama held up new rules in 2012 election run-up

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The White House held off on enacting a series of rules last year in order to avoid political flak around the elections, Obama administration officials said.
Obama: ACA 'product is good; it's affordable'

Obama: ACA 'product is good; it's affordable'

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama paraphrased Vice President Joe Biden, telling an audience of young leaders the Affordable Care Act is "a big deal."
Obama blasts income inequality, lack of opportunity

Obama blasts income inequality, lack of opportunity

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Wednesday hammered what he called income inequality in the United States, touting healthcare reform as a defense against inequality.
Obama: 'We're not going back' on healthcare reform

Obama: 'We're not going back' on healthcare reform

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. officials said Tuesday the Obamacare website is handling "high traffic" as researchers said it will cost less than expected to implement healthcare reform.

Cost and benefits of plans a key to Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- One of the authors of President Obama's healthcare reform plan said Sunday that people buying individual insurance will still be able to purchase better plans.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
By United Press International
Obama says should have anticipated tough healthcare reform rollout

Obama says should have anticipated tough healthcare reform rollout

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- President Obama told U.S. business executives Tuesday he should have anticipated political opposition would make rolling out healthcare reform more difficult.

Report: Dubious firm in middle of healthcare Web site project

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The roster of companies that worked on the wobbly "Obamacare" Web site includes one firm with a dubious record on government IT projects, records showed.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.
By United Press International
Sen. Ted Cruz offers softer profile on the 'Tonight Show'

Sen. Ted Cruz offers softer profile on the 'Tonight Show'

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told NBC's Jay Leno his seemingly abrasive style was part of the job of being part of the loyal opposition in Congress.
GOP accuses Obama of 'betrayal' in claims about healthcare law

GOP accuses Obama of 'betrayal' in claims about healthcare law

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- President Obama has betrayed the American public by making promises about the Affordable Care Act that haven't come true, an Indiana congressman said Saturday.
Appeals court strikes down ACA contraceptive mandate

Appeals court strikes down ACA contraceptive mandate

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court in Washington Friday struck down part of the Affordable Care Act, ruling mandated coverage of contraception "trammels" religious freedom.

Poll: Majority want ACA to remain as is or made stronger

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Most Americans favor the Affordable Care Act or want it strengthened but nearly half say the government is doing poorly in implementing it, a poll indicates.
Sen. Ted Cruz's father in 2012: Send Obama 'back to Kenya'

Sen. Ted Cruz's father in 2012: Send Obama 'back to Kenya'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said remarks by Cruz's father that President Obama should go "back to Kenya" were taken out of context.
Poll: View of healthcare law holds steady

Poll: View of healthcare law holds steady

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Americans are more likely to say the Affordable Care Act will make the healthcare situation for their family and the nation worse, not better, Gallup said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.
By United Press International
Oprah Winfrey has falling-out with the Obamas?

Oprah Winfrey has falling-out with the Obamas?

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey and U.S. President Barack Obama have had a falling-out and the media mogul reportedly declined to promote healthcare reform as a result.
GOP senators pile blame on Cruz for shutdown

GOP senators pile blame on Cruz for shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Republican leaders piled blame on freshman Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for failed tactics that forced a U.S. government shutdown, but Cruz remained defiant.
Cruz won't say whether he would push for another shutdown

Cruz won't say whether he would push for another shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, declined to say Thursday whether he will push for another government shutdown in the fight to defund the Affordable Care Act.
Obama: 'How business is done in this town has to change'

Obama: 'How business is done in this town has to change'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama thanked Democrats and Republicans for a deal to open government and avoid default, but ripped the brinksmanship leading to the shutdown.
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