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  • UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2013, 9:19 a.m.

    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 …


  • 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 Social Security offer at odds with top Dems

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s offer to limit the growth of Social Security benefits would cost the average retiree less than $50 in the first year. But the cuts …


  • Cliff talks hit a lull with Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two weeks from an economy-threatening deadline, fiscal cliff talks hit a lull Tuesday as House Speaker John Boehner announced that Republicans would also march ahead with …


  • 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 …


  • Dems signal Obama flexibility on spending in talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican House Speaker John Boehner is offering to let taxes rise on wealthy Americans’ investment income and dividends as part of a deal to avert the “fiscal …


  • 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 …


  • Crop insurance juicy target in ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rural lawmakers worry that $9 billion in annual federal crop insurance subsidies are an easy target for spending cuts in a “fiscal cliff” deal so they’re shopping …


  • 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 …


  • 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 throws Obama’s old deficit stands back at him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the best Republican arguments against President Barack Obama’s proposals to avoid a “fiscal cliff” come from the president himself, in comments he made months or …


  • 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 …


  • Senate GOP leader calls on Dems to spell out cuts

    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 …


  • Obama and Boehner discuss fiscal cliff by phone

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in days, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner spoke by phone Wednesday about the “fiscal cliff” that threatens to knock the …


  • Obama warns GOP against a new debt ceiling fight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hewing to a hard line, President Barack Obama warned congressional Republicans on Wednesday not to inject the threat of a government default into complex fiscal cliff negotiations …


  • Small-bore proposals to help avert fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure the rich may have to pay more in taxes. But a “fiscal cliff” budget deal could mean pain for nearly everyone else, too: higher airline ticket …


  • 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 …


  • Bickering trumps bargaining on looming ‘cliff’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time since the Nov. 6 election, partisan bickering trumped bargaining Thursday as Democrats and Republicans vied for the political high ground in talks to …


  • Brewer sued over license policy for immigrants

    PHOENIX (AP) — Immigrant rights advocates filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to overturn Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying driver’s licenses for young immigrants who have gotten work permits …


  • ‘Cliff’: Boehner, White House chide each other

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner met with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Thursday and accused Democrats afterward of failing to outline specific cuts to avert the “fiscal cliff” …


  • White House, Congress talk as ‘fiscal cliff’ nears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner met with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Thursday and accused Democrats afterwards of failing to outline specific cuts to avert a fiscal cliff …


  • It’s not just taxes: Benefit cuts divide Democrats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just about taxes. There’s another big obstacle to overcome as Congress and President Barack Obama work to skirt the fiscal cliff: deep divisions among Senate …


  • Senate Dems divided over cuts to benefit programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to slow the government’s mushrooming …


  • A big disconnect as ‘fiscal cliff’ clock ticks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans’ newfound willingness to consider tax increases to avert the “fiscal cliff” comes with a significant caveat: larger cuts than Democrats seem willing to consider to benefit …