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  • Some hospital bills vastly higher for similar care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is shedding light on the mystery of just how high a hospital bill might go — and whether it’s cheaper to get that care across …


  • Medicare premiums could rise for many retirees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They may not agree on much else, but there’s a change to Medicare that President Barack Obama and Republicans both support: Expand a little-known law so more …


  • White House threatens veto of GOP budget plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto House Speaker John Boehner’s backup plan for averting the “fiscal cliff,” saying it was time for Republicans to stop political …


  • Heavy price: Medicare overpaying for back braces

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet sale price for a standard back brace: $99.99. What Medicare pays for the item: $900-plus.


  • Obama backs off hard lines in search of compromise

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two weeks before the economy-threatening “fiscal cliff” is due to kick in, both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are making significant concessions, backing …


  • AP sources: New Obama offer moves toward Boehner

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels, narrowing …


  • Movement seen in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House on Monday in hopes of continuing to make progress on a plan to deal …


  • Movement seen in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Big differences remain, but there is finally movement in long-stalled talks on avoiding the “fiscal cliff.” House Speaker John Boehner is offering $1 trillion in higher tax …


  • AP source: Boehner offers millionaire tax hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling new movement in “fiscal cliff” talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar …


  • Narrow ‘fiscal cliff’ bargain gains currency

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes dimming for a wide-ranging bargain, the White House and many congressional Republicans are setting their sights on a more modest deal that would extend current tax …


  • Fewer health care options for illegal immigrants

    ALAMO, Texas (AP) — For years, Sonia Limas would drag her daughters to the emergency room whenever they fell sick. As an illegal immigrant, she had no health insurance, and …


  • Night talks: Obama, Boehner meet on ‘fiscal cliff’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with time running short, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner negotiated at the White House on Thursday night in what aides …


  • Durbin: White House won’t increase Medicare age

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama’s Senate allies said Thursday that an increase in the Medicare eligibility age is “no longer one of the items being considered by …


  • ‘Fiscal cliff’ talks vexing official Washington

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five weeks after President Barack Obama won re-election and gained more leverage to make GOP conservatives bend on taxes, the new balance of power is proving vexing …


  • No budging as fiscal cliff talks appear stalled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aren’t budging on tax rates, and Democrats are resisting steps like raising the eligibility age for Medicare. Negotiations on averting a year-end fiscal train wreck combining …


  • Fiscal cliff talks intense; Obama and Boehner talk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy …


  • Fiscal cliff talks appear to be stalled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy …


  • GOP’s Boehner says Obama slow-walking cliff talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of slow-walking negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff” and urged him to name specific cuts in government …


  • Democrats: Don’t cut Medicaid in fiscal cliff deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Democratic members of Congress are warning President Barack Obama to not cut the Medicaid health care program as part of negotiations with Republicans over avoiding the …


  • No one retreating; cliff talks seem at standstill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A year-end deadline approaching, negotiations to avoid an economy-rattling “fiscal cliff” appeared at a standstill Monday. Republicans pressed President Barack Obama to name specific spending cuts he …


  • Top Jindal aides use personal email to strategize

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Top officials in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration used personal email accounts to craft a media strategy for imposing hundreds of millions of dollars in …


  • Obama, Boehner discuss ‘fiscal cliff’ stalemate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House to discuss the “fiscal cliff,” while rank-and-file Republicans stepped forward with what they called …


  • Makings of a fiscal deal behind the hot rhetoric

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bluster and hot rhetoric aside, the White House and House Republicans have identified areas of significant overlap that could form the basis for a final agreement after …


  • New inflation gauge would cut benefits, hike taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweaking the way the government measures inflation sounds like an obscure method to help reduce budget deficits, but over time it would lead to significantly lower Social …


  • GOP ‘fiscal cliff’ plan echoes failed budget talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday avoiding an economic plunge over the “fiscal cliff” comes down to Republicans’ realizing that tax rates must go up on wealthiest Americans. …


  • GOP ‘fiscal cliff’ plan echoes failed budget talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are proposing a “fiscal cliff” plan that revives ideas from failed budget talks with President Barack Obama last year, calling for raising the eligibility age for …


  • GOP issues a new ‘fiscal cliff’ offer to Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion “fiscal cliff” counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes …


  • GOP issues new ‘fiscal cliff’ offer to Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Monday proposed a new 10-year, $2.2 trillion blueprint to President Barack Obama that calls for increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living …


  • Analysis: Obama, Boehner seek cliff talks leverage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One month before the deadline, negotiations between President Barack Obama and Republicans to save the economy from a plunge over the fiscal cliff are still in the …


  • White House ‘cliff’ offer gets GOP cold shoulder

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is seeking $1.6 trillion in higher taxes over a decade and an immediate infusion of funds to aid the jobless, help hard-pressed homeowners and …


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