Scott Horsley http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius To Step Down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-step-down The move comes about 6 months after the disastrous roll out of the health insurance website. It was eventually fixed, but not before delivering a severe blow to the president's approval ratings. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 35218 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sebelius, Leader Of Rocky Health Care Rollout, Resigns From HHS http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sebelius-leader-rocky-health-care-rollout-resigns-hhs Kathleen Sebelius has resigned from her position as secretary of health and human services. President Obama accepted her resignation, and he plans to nominate Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace her. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:09:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 35216 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org White House Learns Complications Of Pay Equity Debate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/white-house-learns-complications-pay-equity-debate Money and politics don't always make for polite conversation, but President Obama tried to tackle both at the White House on Tuesday.<p>Obama signed a pair of executive orders aimed at encouraging conversation about men's and women's pay scales. It's a talk that Democrats hope will yield political gains this year.<p>It also raised questions, though, about how the administration pays its own people.<p>Standing before a crowd of women in the White House East Room, President Obama noted that the average woman working full time in America makes just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 35143 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org White House Learns Complications Of Pay Equity Debate With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/enrollee-goal-met-obamacare-still-faces-political-trial President Obama and his supporters had a rare opportunity to celebrate this week.<p>A last-minute surge in people signing up for health insurance sent the total government enrollment figures over the seven-million mark.<p>That number seemed out of reach just a few months ago, when a crash-prone website threatened to undermine the president's signature health care law.<p>Republicans are still bent on repealing the law, but now millions more Americans have a stake in Obamacare's survival.<p>On Tuesday, the president marked the comeback. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 35064 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial Obama Meets Internet CEOs To Discuss Privacy Issues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-meets-internet-ceos-discuss-privacy-issues Leaders of high-tech companies, including Google and Facebook, descended on the White House Friday for a meeting with President Obama on the subject of privacy. The meeting itself was private. But aides say Obama wanted to hear from the CEOs about their concerns with the government's high-tech surveillance.<p>High-tech CEOs are not the obvious messengers to be delivering a privacy lecture to the government. After all, they make their money by scanning customers' emails and tracking their movements, all with the goal of serving up more targeted ads. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 34634 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama Meets Internet CEOs To Discuss Privacy Issues Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/finding-common-interests-obama-and-pope-set-date President Obama plans to meet this spring with Pope Francis.<p>On Tuesday, a White House spokesman announced the president will visit the Vatican as part of European trip in March. The president is said to be looking forward to talking with the pope about their "shared commitment to fighting poverty" and income inequality.<p>The meeting will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter, but Obama has carefully followed the pope's progress since Francis took charge of the Roman Catholic Church 10 months ago. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:40:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 33163 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date Obama's Position On Free Trade Marks Subtle Evolution http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obamas-position-free-trade-marks-subtle-evolution Two decades after NAFTA created a giant North American free trade zone, the U.S. is negotiating more big trade deals that would span the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. President Obama has embraced the potential agreements as a way to improve the U.S. economy. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 32595 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Exchange Enrollment Growing But Still Short Of Forecasts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/exchange-enrollment-growing-still-short-forecasts The Obama administration just released the latest sign-up numbers for its troubled health insurance exchange website. Enrollment picked up last month, after a disastrous start in October. Still, the number of people signing up for coverage is below the administration's original forecasts. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 32151 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama Concedes Botched Insurance Website Rollout Cost Time http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-concedes-botched-insurance-website-rollout-cost-time The Obama administration is asking for people who've been turned off by the government's problem-plagued insurance website to come back. Officials say the website is working better now, though it's still far from fixed. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:44:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 31589 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama Apologizes, Offers Fix To Insurance Cancellations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-apologizes-offers-fix-insurance-cancellations President Obama has acknowledged the fumbled rollout of his signature health care law has hurt his credibility and that of fellow Democrats. He offered a minor change to the law in hopes of calming Democratic nerves, and beating back bigger changes proposed by House Republicans. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 31470 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org