As enrollment picks up on the HealthCare.gov website, many people with modest incomes are encountering a troubling element of the federal health law: deductibles so steep they may not be able to afford the portion of medical expenses that insurance doesn't cover.
SILVER SPRING, Md.—Maryland is struggling to fix its troubled health-insurance website more than two months after it opened, showing how technology woes are affecting more than just the federal system.
U.S. payrolls rose by 203,000 last month, the Labor Department said, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.0%, the lowest level in five years—signs of growth that could prompt the Fed to begin to ease up on its easy-money policies.
Congressional budget negotiators are working to wrap up a two-year fiscal agreement that would put to rest the threat of a government shutdown in mid-January and bring order to a budgeting process until after 2014 elections.
A group of voters in the swing state of Ohio express deep disappointment with President Barack Obama. Their unhappiness with the president came amid a broader anger at all Washington political institutions.
The president vowed to focus his final three years in office on income inequality in the U.S., calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage and defending the government's role in boosting economic mobility.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said postcrisis efforts to bolster the financial system have made the U.S. economy safer but said more work is needed, including international protections that mirror those here.
Vice President Joe Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Washington didn't recognize a new Chinese air-defense zone over the East China Sea and was looking to Beijing to reduce tensions in the region.
Congressional negotiators are nearing a small-scale budget agreement, possibly by the end of this week, but minefields remain as they work to sort through divisions on revenue and spending matters, several congressional aides and lobbyists said.
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