• Stethescope and money

    Barack Obama has pushed closer than any president in generations to creating a basic health care safety net, yet the fate of legislation is far from certain.

  • Wall Street

    Tougher financial rules have been stymied by industry lobbying, government turf battles and a stabilizing banking system. Some analysts fear another crisis is inevitable.

  • Former Gov. Dean Calls Public Option Indispensable Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | 8:53 AM ET
    Howard Dean

    Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, a leading figure in the liberal wing of his party, said Monday he doubts there can be meaningful health care reform without a direct government role.

  • Obama Says Healthcare Reform Coming; Battle Heats Up Sunday, 16 Aug 2009 | 8:47 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Obama said Sunday he's confident his drive to overhaul health care will succeed. The president writes in Sunday's New York Times about "health insurance reform" and says his attempt to overhaul the system is closer to reality "than we have ever been."

  • Obama Using Campaign Tactics in Healthcare Debate Saturday, 15 Aug 2009 | 5:11 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama is using political tactics and rhetorical devices honed in his White House campaign to regain the upper hand in the health care debate over increasingly vocal and organized critics.

  • The Nation's Long-Running Health Care Debate Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 11:23 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama's campaign for a health care overhaul is an intense installment in a long-running story, dating to Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

  • Health Care Protests Don't Reflect America: Specter Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 8:16 AM ET
    Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania

    Sen. Arlen Specter said Wednesday he thinks people who have been angrily disrupting town hall meetings on overhauling the health care system are "not necessarily representative of America," but should be heard.

  • Unemployment

    Nearly 1.5 million Americans will run out of unemployment benefits in the coming months. The White House is working with Congress to extend benefits and the unemployed most likely will get help. But at what cost? Will extending benefits help or hurt the overall economy and recovery? Here are two opposing views from our guest bloggers Tony Fratto and Julie Roginsky.

  • Health Care Reform

    Frustrated with the pace of bipartisan talks, Democratic leaders on Monday promised to push a sweeping health care bill through the Senate whether they get Republican support or not.

  • Health-Care Overhaul Bill Moves Ahead in the House Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 3:22 PM ET
    Stethescope and money

    Democratic leaders say they have worked out a last-minute dispute, clearing the way for a sweeping health care bill to move ahead in the House.

  • Caruso-Cabrera: How I Qualified for a MHA Refi Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | 8:37 PM ET

    Mine is a story of government intervention gone wrong, of well-meaning intentions unfulfilled.

  • Private Insurance, Government Plan Can Coexist: CBO Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | 3:40 PM ET
    Healthcare coverage and the hastle of forms

    A new government health insurance plan sought by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could coexist with private insurers without driving them out of business, an analysis by nonpartisan budget experts suggests.

  • Making the Case For and Against Health Care Reform Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | 1:16 PM ET
    Health Care Reform

    Healthcare reform is the hot topic in Washington these days as President Obama pushes for a bill he can sign this fall. Many analysts say something should be done to change the system while others say the system is not broken and even if it is, the Obama plan would not work. Here are two opposing views from our guest bloggers Tony Fratto and Julie Roginsky.

  • Gloomy Budget Forces White House to Face Reality Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 4:02 PM ET
    President Obama speaking during visit to Strasbourg, France

    The White House is being forced to acknowledge the wide gap between its once-upbeat predictions about the economy and today's bleak landscape.

  • Surgeons

    While the focus for the Democrats' bill is on healthcare, some analysts say the real goal could be to raise revenues for an ailing economy and redistribute income.

  • Healthcare Bill Approved by Second House Panel Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 10:50 AM ET

    A second House committee has approved health care legislation that President Barack Obama is seeking.

  • Sotomayor Defends 'Wise Latina' Remark Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 12:17 PM ET
    Sonia Sotomayor, as nominee for US Supreme Court Justice.

    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor defended herself Tuesday against charges that her speeches and rulings show racial bias, telling a Senate panel vetting her nomination that critics had misunderstood her record.

  • Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., answers a question during the first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2008 election hosted by South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C., Thursday, April 26, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Contrary to comments made this past weekend by Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama says that the administration did not misread the economic downturn.

  • How Economy Fares in Summer Is Crucial to Obama Agenda Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 11:43 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    The pace of the economic recovery heading into the fall—electric smooth or diesel rough—will determine whether Obama can prod Congress on the key features of his agenda with momentum or from a defensive crouch.

  • Hospitals, Democrats Near Deal on Health Care Tuesday, 7 Jul 2009 | 11:27 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed progress on health care overhaul as top Senate Democrats and the administration closed in on a deal with hospitals to help pay for the president's proposed expansion of medical coverage to the uninsured.