Government Programs


  • Medicare's Exhaustion Forecast Extended by Two Years Friday, 31 May 2013 | 12:25 PM ET

    The government reports that Medicare's hospital trust fund will be exhausted in 2026 and that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund in 2033.

  • How the Media Gets Gays' Financial Picture Wrong Friday, 31 May 2013 | 12:20 PM ET
    Mitchell and Cameron from ABC's "Modern Family"

    Unlike the media depiction of gays as mostly white and wealthy, LGBT Americans are more likely to be poor than heterosexuals.

  • Mortgage Relief Offered to Oklahoma Tornado Victims Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 12:42 PM ET
    Destroyed houses and other buildings in Moore, Okla.

    The Feds have granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of homes with FHA mortgages in areas devastated by the Oklahoma tornado.

  • Federal Execs to Get Millions Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 8:34 AM ET

    Despite huge cutbacks in government spending, some high level federal executives are scheduled to get millions of dollars in bonuses, unless a law is passed.

  • Obama on IRS Scandal: I Didn't Know Before Reports Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 1:17 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks to guests during a visit to Argonne National Laboratory on March 15, 2013 in Argonne, Illinois.

    President Obama said that he did not know about the IRS Inspector General's report on the agency's targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny before it was leaked.

  • Longer Benefits Keep People Jobless? Maybe Not Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 9:40 AM ET

    Extended unemployment benefits do not keep people from finding a job, a report showed. But whether extensions help or hurt the jobs picture is far from settled.

  • Drugs Costs Face Vast Disparity Under Obamacare Monday, 13 May 2013 | 8:23 AM ET

    Under President Barack Obama's health care law, where you live could make a huge difference in what you'll pay for medications.

  • Poorer Students Getting Less Aid Than Rich Peers Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 5:28 PM ET

    Colleges are using merit-based aid to lure wealthier students who can afford rising tuition and fees while low-income students are increasingly bypassed, according to a study.

  • Karl Rove to Barney Frank: You Killed Small Banks Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 1:21 PM ET
    Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank

    Former Rep. Barney Frank, an author of the massive regulation bill that sought to contain too-big-to-fail banks, said the legislation is working.

  • Want a Peek at Obamacare? Take a Look at This State Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 10:20 AM ET

    Massachusetts has had Romneycare since 2006. And, while it's different in some ways from Obamacare, it offers insight into what's ahead for US health care.

  • When It Comes to Health-Care Reform, the IRS Rules Monday, 6 May 2013 | 10:13 AM ET

    The Internal Revenue Service will play an important role in how health-care reform is managed, even deciding who will have to buy coverage.

  • Rare Bipartisan Accord: Social Security 'Fix' Stinks Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | 11:20 AM ET
    President Barack Obama, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House with Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB, in Washington, D.C.

    President Obama's proposal to slow Social Security spending by calculating cost-of-living increases differently has given conservatives and liberals something in common: they hate it.

  • Here Come the Floods. How to Be Sure You're Covered Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 9:02 AM ET
    Joe Kozlowski looks out on his flooded property from his porch in Fox Lake, Illinois.

    Most homeowners know a special insurance policy is needed to cover flooding, but the insurance industry estimates that only 13 percent of them are covered.

  • Where the Budget Cut Pain Is Really Being Felt Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 9:18 AM ET
    Federal employees take part in a rally in front of Department of Labor protesting budget cuts.

    Flight delays from air traffic controller furloughs may seem like the start of the predicted doom of sequestration. But many have already felt the pain of mandated budget cuts.

  • Honoring Victims, Searching for Suspects     Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 2:18 PM ET

    At this hour, President Obama is visiting victims of the Boston terror attack, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • Budget Proposal is 'Silly Bill' Says Santelli     Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 11:37 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli talks to David Malpass, Encima Global president, discuss President Obama's budget that proposes spreading out spending cuts over ten years.

  • Bulging Budget Bothers Market Master     Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 8:40 AM ET

    John Taylor, Hoover Institution senior fellow, explains why he's concerned President Obama's budget doesn't try to balance the budget, and may include additional taxes.

  • AARP Responds to Commerce Criticism     Friday, 12 Apr 2013 | 7:32 AM ET

    Robert Romasco, President of AARP, defends the organizations stand on social security reforms and the impact of entitlement program on the nation's growing deficit problem.

  • Dimon, Moynihan, Corbat to Meet With Obama Thursday, 11 Apr 2013 | 10:48 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Executives of the biggest U.S. banks are expected to meet with President Barack Obama, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Meet the F-35: The US's $200 Million Benchwarmer Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 4:20 PM ET
    F35-A fighter jet

    The U.S.'s F-22 fighters are the most expensive in use. That could change if the F-35 Lightning II were deployed. Yet by all indications, that won't be happening anytime soon — if at all.