Barack Obama: it goes without saying the president’s fiscal proposals will be attacked by Republicans. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

By the time you read this President Barack Obama will have called for a significant increase in spending, reversing the harsh cuts of the past few yea(...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters 2:12

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)

CVS Health, the second-largest pharmacy benefits manager in the US, said that it would make Gilead’s drugs, Harvoni and Sovaldi (above), the exclusive option for patients on its commercial drug list.

Gilead Sciences has struck back against its rival AbbVie in a budding marketing war in the United States over costly hepatitis C drugs, winning exc(...)

Medicare is the publicly funded universal healthcare programme delivered by the Australian  Department of Human Services. Temporary visa holders are not eligible, but are entitled entitled to treatment in the public health system for any urgent health issue.

Health If you are moving to Australia on a temporary work or study visa, you won’t be covered by Australia’s public health system Medicare. Tha(...)

Gráinne Ní Shé with her husband Peter Carr and children  Fearghal, Dáithí and Bláithín in Perth, Western Australia

Why did you decide to emigrate?Myself and my husband Peter Carr bought a house in Galway in 2004 as we were starting a family, and thought we would be(...)

“When it comes to ensuring that Americans have access to healthcare, the message of the data is simple: yes, we can.”

So, what do you think about those Medicare numbers? What, you haven’t heard about them? Well, they haven’t been front-page news. But something remarka(...)

US President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans. Photograph: Bloomberg

For much of the past five years readers of political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most i(...)

Paul Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee and the GOP’s de facto intellectual leader, is an expert at sounding like he knows what he’s talking about. Photograph: Reuters

So it’s comical, in a way, to see Ryan trying to explain away some recent remarks in which he attributed persistent poverty to a “cultur(...)

Republican David Jolly narrowly beat  his Democrat rival  to take the House of Representatives seat in Florida. Photograph: Brian Blanco/Reuters

The Democrats have lost an election in a swing congressional district in Florida that Barack Obama won twice in in presidential elections, in w(...)

John Dingell with his wife, Deborah. “I find serving in the House to be obnoxious,” he told his local newspaper. “It’s become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness, both in Congress and in the streets.” Photograph: Reuters/Rebecca Cook

John Dingell, the 87-year- old US politician, joked on Monday that at his age he doesn’t buy green bananas – he’s unsure whether he will be aro(...)