January 17, 2014
TWO recent economic experiments tell us a good deal about the priorities of young Americans. They want marijuana, and they're not so crazy about Obamacare. First, the pot. Colorado essentially legalized the drug Jan. 1. There are lines around the block, most outlets are already sold out, and the price has shot up to $400 an ounce. A quick look at photos of those lined up for pot tells you they're exactly the kind of people Obamacare needs. Most experts agree that Obamacare would work best if the so-called young invincibles would agree to buy insurance.
January 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON A plan to boost a struggling swath of West Philadelphia is getting top priority from the Obama administration. The White House has chosen the area as one of the nation's first five "Promise Zones," a program aimed at cutting unemployment, poverty, and crime, enhancing education, and attracting private-sector investment and jobs, all as part of President Obama's efforts to help hard-hit communities and spread economic opportunity, according to...
December 30, 2013 |
For decades, Lehigh University has carefully charted and publicized the success of its graduates in obtaining jobs. The university's career services office each year produces a four-inch-thick binder that shows what about 90 percent of the graduates from the previous year are doing. It lists where students work, how they got their jobs, and their median starting salaries, with breakdowns for the university's individual colleges. A summary appears on Lehigh's website. Now, the Obama administration is taking notice as it develops a national college ratings system.
December 8, 2013 |
On Monday night, precisely at 10 p.m., I logged on to a site where many have unhappily gone before - HealthCare.gov - to see whether the fixes touted by the Obama administration had taken hold. I chose the late hour because Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said people might have better luck buying health insurance during off-peak hours. The site's welcome screen popped up quickly. So far, so good, I thought. And then: "Healthcare.gov has a lot of visitors right now. We need you to wait here so we can make sure there's room for you to have a good experience on our site.
November 28, 2013 |
A Lancaster County cabinet maker who says the Affordable Care Act's mandate on contraception coverage violates his business' religious rights will have the chance to argue his case before the U.S. Supreme Court next year. Justices on Tuesday chose an appeal from Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. of East Earl as one of two they will hear on an issue that has divided lower courts and become the subject of roughly 40 lawsuits from companies seeking exemption from having to cover birth control for their employees.
November 23, 2013 |
Anna L. Aagenes, district director for State Sen. Brian Sims (D., Phila.), offered a caution to constituents who turned out this week to learn about the Affordable Care Act. "These are not the people to complain to about the website," she said Wednesday evening, referring to Moshe Bitterman and Elizabeth Rosario, two ACA counselors with the Public Health Management Corp. "They are not from the government. They are here to help. " Against the backdrop of the uproar over the troubled federal ACA website and canceled health care policies, grassroots efforts to educate and register consumers for insurance policies under the ACA continue.
October 18, 2013
IT'S HARD to tell which has done more to hurt the initial phase of the Affordable Care Act: continued Republican opposition or the inept rollout of the new law. To many citizens, the rollout problems - which left millions unable to even log in to the system - simply confirm GOP propaganda that Obamacare won't work. That's wrong. Despite those initial problems, the Affordable Care Act is still a big step forward in reforming the nation's health-care system, and we believe it will prove itself in the long run. It ensures that most of those now without health-care insurance will get it. It removes onerous insurance requirements such as those involving preexisting conditions.
August 15, 2013 |
Supporters call them "dreamers" - undocumented immigrants brought by their parents to America as children, who hope to take advantage of an amnesty program offered by the Obama administration. A study released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution reveals that two out of three were younger than 10 when they came; three out of four were born in Mexico; and 60 percent entered "without inspection," which means they crossed the border secretly. Eleven percent came on visas and overstayed.
July 20, 2013 |
ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan - Secretary of State John Kerry got a firsthand view of the grinding war in Syria on Thursday, visiting a sprawling refugee camp that houses 115,000 Syrians who have fled the fighting and hearing bitter complaints that the world has forgotten them. Kerry met with six Syrian refugees who angrily asked why world powers have not set up a no-fly zone or protective humanitarian zone inside Syria, something the Obama administration has considered but decided against for now. "They are frustrated and angry at the world," Kerry said afterward.
July 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Janet Napolitano, who as President Obama's homeland security secretary has one of the broadest and most challenging portfolios of any cabinet member, announced Friday that she is stepping down to become president of the University of California system. Napolitano has been a central figure in debates over immigration and counterterrorism policies while also managing the government's response to tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Her resignation comes at a critical time for the Obama administration, as Congress debates a bill to overhaul immigration laws.