Jim Spencer

Washington Correspondent
Phone: 202-383-6123
Jim Spencer works in the Star Tribune’s Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers the intersection of Minnesota businesses and industry with national politics, legislation and regulation. Spencer has more than three decades’ experience as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and sports writer.

Recent content from Jim Spencer

Device use expands through adaptation, innovation

System enables new uses, but critics say this flexibility comes with risks.

Updated: December 02, 2013, - 03:50 PM

Nov. 22: Meat labels get specific

Cargill, Hormel are among companies warning of economic disruption if “country of origin” listings become mandatory.

Updated: November 22, 2013, - 09:03 PM

UnitedHealth's 'moonshot gamble' with Obamacare site risks company's digital reputation

In agreeing to oversee the repair of the troubled federal health care website, the insurance giant's Optum subsidiary took on a tough job.

Updated: November 17, 2013, - 07:32 AM

Minnesota woman campaigns nationally against "pill for every ill”

A decade after the suicide of her husband, who was prescribed the antidepressant Zoloft for insomnia, she’s speaking out to...

Updated: November 01, 2013, - 11:48 PM

Bipartisan committee vows to vote for farm bill

Food stamp funding has been a sticking point in the lengthy debate over the bill.

Updated: October 30, 2013, - 09:03 PM

Farm bill talks portend next big congressional showdown

As negotiations start Wednesday, differences on food stamps and dairy policy challenge the conference committee.

Updated: October 26, 2013, - 07:40 PM

UnitedHealth unit chosen to fix health care website

The federal government named Quality Software Services to tackle problems with the national health insurance website.

Updated: October 26, 2013, - 09:09 AM

UnitedHealth unit says it fixed its exchange flaws

UnitedHealth Group’s Optum unit told Congress it accepted some blame for early problems with a federal health exchange website.

Updated: October 24, 2013, - 10:07 PM

Tea Party might have hurt chances for device tax repeal

As the nation’s budget negotiations continue in the weeks ahead, the push to kill the device tax as part of the ill-fated effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, might have created as many problems as opportunities for those who want the tax dead.

Updated: October 21, 2013, - 04:29 PM

Effort to repeal tax on medical devices stalls

The push had bipartisan support but was not part of a potential deal in the Senate.

Updated: October 16, 2013, - 06:47 AM

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