Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.

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Out with Obamacare caretaker

Healthcare | With resignation of Kathleen Sebelius, Republicans look to revive healthcare debate
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 4/18/14, 01:00 am

With their Rose Garden party at the beginning of April, Team Obama had hoped to write a happy ending to Obamacare’s clunky rollout well ahead of this fall’s midterm elections. During that celebration of 7 million people signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama declared, “The debate over repealing this law is over.”

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Rebels from the right

Politics | A small group of tea party upstarts is taking on establishment—and very well-funded—Senate Republicans in primaries this summer
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 4/18/14, 01:00 am

WASHINGTON—Mitch McConnell did not mince words last month with his prediction about the upcoming elections. “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” said the Senate Republican leader from Kentucky.

But McConnell was not talking about crushing the Democrats this November. His target is a wing of conservatives within the Republican Party who are mounting challenges to the GOP’s Washington establishment.

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Sebelius resignation revives Obamacare fight

Politics | Republicans relish hearings for new HHS leader ahead of midterm elections
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 4/11/14, 01:34 pm

WASHINGTON—Even as Republicans questioned what took Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius so long to resign, they insisted replacing her would not solve the Obamacare problem.

“It’s about time,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Republican from Kansas, where Sibelius once served as governor. “I have battled the liberal Sebelius agenda in Topeka and Washington, opposed her appointment as HHS Secretary, and have called numerous times for her resignation.”

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