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September 15, 2011 | By Michael Finnegan
Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened an Iowa campaign swing tonight by ramping up his attacks on Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney's record as Massachusetts governor, calling his "misguided health mandates" a burden to taxpayers nationwide. "It's cost taxpayers in Iowa and across this country nearly $4 billion in Medicaid and Medicare costs," Perry told a few hundred party faithful at a roast-beef-and-mashed-potatoes dinner in Greene County.  "This isn't just about the state of Massachusetts and the cost to them directly.
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February 25, 2014 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
In four months, I will observe a strange anniversary: 20 years since the day I almost died.  I was 11 years old and being treated for a severe case of Crohn's disease , an autoimmune digestive disorder. I could barely hold down food and was checking in and out of Johns Hopkins Hospital for stays of two to six weeks, my medication weakening my bones until my spine compressed and fractured. Eventually the doctors installed a catheter just above my heart that delivered nutrition intravenously, bypassing my digestive system.
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NEWS
September 22, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Mitt Romney knew that questions about his Massachusetts healthcare plan would keep coming - but again the kill-shot seemed elusive. Rick Perry was given a chance to fire at point-blank range in the Fox News/Google debate Thursday when Romney was asked about Perry's remarks a day earlier that labeled him "Obama-lite" and likened his Massachusetts plan to "socialized medicine. " “I don't think he knows what he's talking about,” Romney said, explaining again that he would work to do away with the similar Democratic healthcare overhaul if elected president.
NATIONAL
November 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
In the long run, Obamacare is likely to be as popular and permanent as Medicare, but, in the short term, it is turning into the worst political crisis of Barack Obama's presidency. On Thursday, the contrite president announced that Americans whose healthcare insurance policies have been canceled due to requirements of the Affordable Care Act would have another year to keep those policies. This new guarantee is meant to make up for his ill-considered promise that no one would lose their old policies if they wanted to keep what they had.  The problem with Obama's new promise, though, is that he cannot force insurers to restore policies they have already terminated.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual mandate central to President Obama's healthcare law carried immediate benefits for Mitt Romney, namely a newly energized Republican electorate and the ability to keep hammering his promise to repeal the law on “Day One.” “This is the time of choice for the American people,” the presumptive nominee said during an appearance in Washington on Thursday. “If you don't want the course that President Obama has put us on, if you want instead a course that the Founders envisioned, then join me in this effort.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2012 | By David Horsey
On Sunday, Rick Santorum spat out the B and S word at New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny, who had asked him an annoying question. The testy exchange demonstrated how candidates, reporters and, very likely, the public, have grown weary of the unending Republican primary campaign. Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have been giving variations of the same stump speech at least since January. Journalists who have been trailing the candidates have heard it all so often they can recite the lines themselves.
OPINION
April 3, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
It looks as if it's going to be Mitt Romney after all. With Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush endorsing the former Massachusetts governor last week, there aren't any white knights left to play the role of GOP savior. But that news hasn't reached his competitors yet. Psychoanalyzing the remaining competitors for why they are staying in the race is probably a fool's errand. Ron Paul has never worked under the assumption he might be the nominee, never mind the next president.
NEWS
January 4, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Arriving in New Hampshire after his fourth-place finish in the Iowa Caucuses, Newt Gingrich came out swinging against Mitt Romney and the No. 1 finisher's allies, promising a tough campaign against “a Massachusetts moderate” whom he accused of carrying out a “relentlessly negative campaign of falsehoods.” Mocking Tuesday night's results in Iowa - where Mitt Romney defeated Rick Santorum by eight votes and Ron Paul finished third with...
NEWS
January 6, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
On the eve of what promises to be a combative debate, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney briefly sounded a conciliatory note, promising a concerned New Hampshire voter that the field of candidates would be able to be able to unite after a contentious primary fight. Responding to the millions of dollars of negative ads that GOP candidates -- and the "super PACs" supporting them - have unleashed on one another, a man at Romney's spaghetti dinner in Tilton on Friday said he was glad that Romney had not criticized former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in his remarks.
NATIONAL
November 15, 2013 | By David Horsey
In the long run, Obamacare is likely to be as popular and permanent as Medicare, but, in the short term, it is turning into the worst political crisis of Barack Obama's presidency. On Thursday, the contrite president announced that Americans whose healthcare insurance policies have been canceled due to requirements of the Affordable Care Act would have another year to keep those policies. This new guarantee is meant to make up for his ill-considered promise that no one would lose their old policies if they wanted to keep what they had.  The problem with Obama's new promise, though, is that he cannot force insurers to restore policies they have already terminated.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Jon Healey
House Republicans continued their crusade to dismantle Obamacare on Wednesday, but an announcement from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should have stopped them in their tracks. The fact that it didn't shows that Republican lawmakers are so determined to undermine the law, they don't care what might happen to their constituents. At issue are deceptively simple bills to delay two provisions of Obamacare (a.k.a. the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) for a year -- that is, until after the 2014 elections, when Republicans hope to regain control of the Senate.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual mandate central to President Obama's healthcare law carried immediate benefits for Mitt Romney, namely a newly energized Republican electorate and the ability to keep hammering his promise to repeal the law on “Day One.” “This is the time of choice for the American people,” the presumptive nominee said during an appearance in Washington on Thursday. “If you don't want the course that President Obama has put us on, if you want instead a course that the Founders envisioned, then join me in this effort.
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the race after presenting an energetic challenge to Mitt Romney from the party's right flank, jousted over gay marriage and contemporary culture with Jay Leno on Tuesday, the day after he endorsed his former rival (see videos below). Before they ever so gently crossed political swords, though, Santorum presented Leno with a gift, the sartorial symbol of his unexpectedly long-lived campaign: an American-made sweater vest from Bemidji Woolen Mills, a Minnesota company.
OPINION
April 3, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
It looks as if it's going to be Mitt Romney after all. With Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush endorsing the former Massachusetts governor last week, there aren't any white knights left to play the role of GOP savior. But that news hasn't reached his competitors yet. Psychoanalyzing the remaining competitors for why they are staying in the race is probably a fool's errand. Ron Paul has never worked under the assumption he might be the nominee, never mind the next president.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - For Republicans, Wisconsin and its embattled governor have come to symbolize the danger of lurching too far to the right in a presidential battleground state. Now, the party's top White House contenders are running the risk of making the same stumble as Tuesday's primary nears. Rick Santorum has traveled the state railing against Mitt Romney for his healthcare record as governor of Massachusetts, heaping scorn on the requirement that religious institutions cover contraception in their medical plans for employees.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2012 | By David Horsey
On Sunday, Rick Santorum spat out the B and S word at New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny, who had asked him an annoying question. The testy exchange demonstrated how candidates, reporters and, very likely, the public, have grown weary of the unending Republican primary campaign. Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have been giving variations of the same stump speech at least since January. Journalists who have been trailing the candidates have heard it all so often they can recite the lines themselves.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - For Republicans, Wisconsin and its embattled governor have come to symbolize the danger of lurching too far to the right in a presidential battleground state. Now, the party's top White House contenders are running the risk of making the same stumble as Tuesday's primary nears. Rick Santorum has traveled the state railing against Mitt Romney for his healthcare record as governor of Massachusetts, heaping scorn on the requirement that religious institutions cover contraception in their medical plans for employees.
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the race after presenting an energetic challenge to Mitt Romney from the party's right flank, jousted over gay marriage and contemporary culture with Jay Leno on Tuesday, the day after he endorsed his former rival (see videos below). Before they ever so gently crossed political swords, though, Santorum presented Leno with a gift, the sartorial symbol of his unexpectedly long-lived campaign: an American-made sweater vest from Bemidji Woolen Mills, a Minnesota company.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Days before a pair of crucial primaries, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum clashed Wednesday night in a testy debate that magnified small differences and underscored the big stakes in their neck-and-neck presidential fight. The former Massachusetts governor was aggressive from the start, challenging Santorum's claims of fiscal prudence. Romney criticized Santorum for voting to raise the debt ceiling five times and repeatedly seeking earmarks — money that lawmakers steer to specific home-state projects.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2012 | Alana Semuels and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
Robert Cardwell voted early in Florida's Republican primary, but that doesn't mean the campaigns have stopped trying to win his vote. Campaign advertisements blare at him from the television, pop up on the Internet, make their way onto his answering machine. "Some of them are pretty annoying," said Cardwell, 75, a retired airline pilot. "I try not to turn on the TV during the day. " Thanks in part to "super PACs," independent political organizations that since 2010 have been allowed to raise unlimited funds from corporations and individuals, Florida's airwaves have been swamped with advertisements leading up to Tuesday's primary.
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