Shots - Health News
2:14 am
Tue October 22, 2013

How Politics Set The Stage For The Obamacare Website Meltdown

It all seemed so easy then. Back in June, the Supreme Court declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional. Waiting for that decision may have cost the administration precious time.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:23 am

Since the Affordable Care Act's health care exchanges launched to a long series of error messages Oct. 1, most of the "what went wrong" fingers have been pointing at software developers.

But some say there's more to it than that — that politics has played a role as well.

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Government
8:17 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ripples in IL from federal shutdown

The fallout from the federal shutdown continues in Illinois. More than 500 government employees have to pay back unemployment benefits they collected while on furlough.

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The Two-Way
6:31 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

It's Back To The Future For E-Cigarette Ads, At Least For Now

The FDA is expected to determine whether e-cigarettes should be regulated like tobacco products later this month.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 2:23 pm

  • Listen To Melissa Block's Coverage Of The E-cigarette Industry

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The Two-Way
6:27 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

George Washington University Misrepresented Its Admission Policy

Every once in a while, a student newspaper scores a great scoop: That's the case with the story dropped today by The GW Hatchet, the independent student newspaper of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Business
5:49 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ameren expects slightly lower gas bills this winter

Ameren Illinois customers can expect their gas bills to drop slightly this winter.  The company says customers on average paid 57-cents per therm during the 2012-2013 heating season.  The price is expected to drop as low as 53-cents per therm through the cold winter months this year. 

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Health
5:44 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Bustos weighs-in on healthcare glitches

President Barack Obama Monday said there was ‘no sugarcoating’ the online computer bugs following the launch of his health care law.  Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says more time is needed before fixing the glitches that people encounter during the enrollment process:

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It's All Politics
5:38 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Christie's Gay Marriage Decision Has Primary Consequences

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie debates Democratic challenger Barbara Buono at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Tuesday. Christie's decision not to fight gay marriage in the state takes away an issue Buono had been campaigning hard on.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:35 am

Republican Chris Christie's decision Monday to drop his administration's legal challenge to same-sex marriage made perfect sense for the governor of New Jersey,

But for the potential 2016 presidential candidate, whose path would presumably start in Iowa — where the Republican Party is dominated by social conservatives — the calculation is a bit more complicated.

Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa's powerful evangelical conservative, put it bluntly Monday.

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Government
5:30 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Illinois fall veto session to get underway

Most state legislators will get their first glimpse Tuesday of the Illinois Capitol's latest renovations.  They include new custom-made copper-plated doors made infamous by their nearly $700,000 price tag.  Also, less unusual budget matters will be on their agenda this week, as the fall veto session gets underway.

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Shots - Health News
5:21 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

How Long Do They Really Have To Fix That Obamacare Website?

The mood wasn't sunny at the White House Rose Garden on Monday, as President Obama addressed the errors plaguing the computer system for health insurance enrollment.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 7:06 pm

They've got a few weeks.

But if federal officials can't get the new online insurance marketplace running smoothly by mid-November, the problems plaguing the three-week-old website could become a far bigger threat to the success of the health law, hampering enrollment and fueling opponents' calls to delay implementation, analysts say.

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The Two-Way
5:18 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Cold Crime: Jell-O Stolen From Work Fridge Sparks Police Call

The limits of workplace theft are being tested in Pennsylvania, where a man called police this month to complain that his Jell-O had been stolen. The flavor was strawberry, he said. And it wasn't the first instance of fridge-theft.

The story comes from Philadelphia's CBS KYW-TV:

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