The Republican House Speaker is attempting to sideline the alliance of conservative advocacy groups that have hampered his efforts to lead Republicans in the House, chastising them for encouraging GOP lawmakers to take ill-advised policy decisions.
The government on Thursday announced steps to stave off unpleasant surprises for Americans when the health-overhaul law fully kicks in Jan. 1, including measures to ensure continuous care for people with serious medical conditions.
The Obama administration is extending for one month an insurance pool for around 100,000 high-risk people, acknowledging that problems with the HealthCare.gov website could leave some people with high medical needs without coverage on Jan. 1.
As House Republicans were being briefed on the budget agreement struck Tuesday and headed for a vote in the next few days, they also were judging the man who negotiated on behalf of their party: Rep. Paul Ryan.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, responding to the botched launch of the HealthCare.gov health-insurance website, calls for a review of contracting practices and a new official to oversee risk.
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