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News Briefing for Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Obama administration predicts significantly lower health-care enrollment “The Obama administration predicted Monday that the number of people with health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces will be significantly lower by the end of next year than previous government estimates. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced that, by the end of 2015, 9 million to 9.9 million Americans probably will be in health plans sold through the federal and state insurance exchanges created under the health-care law. The administration’s expectations are as much as roughly 30 percent ...

News Briefing for Monday, November 10, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Obamacare Architect: Lack of Transparency Was Key Because ‘Stupidity Of The American Voter’ Would Have Killed Obamacare “Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obamacare passed because “the stupidity of the American voter” would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it. Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during Obamacare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a ...

News Briefing for November 8, 2014

HEALTHCARE: SCOTUS To Hear New Obamacare Challenge “Obamacare is coming back to the Supreme Court. Today, the Court decided it would hear the new Obamacare challenge against health care subsidies that was originally argued in the D.C. Circuit Court Of Appeals last summer in Halbig v. Burwell. The Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Jacqueline Halbig, but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in King v. Burwell, which Guy noted would increase the chance of this case going back to the Supreme Court. This is the case that will be heard. Yet, after the 2014 elections, let’s do ...

News Briefing for Friday, November 7, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Connecticut May Cut Coverage For 30,000 Obamacare Customers “Up to 30,000 Connecticut Obamacare customers may see their coverage cancelled or their subsidies cut at the end of the month, according to the exchange’s CEO. Connecticut, which runs its own exchange, is just getting around to verifying income and citizenship information, which the federal government and other state-run exchanges did months ago. Access Health CT acting CEO Jim Wadleigh told The CT Mirror that federal officials had been pushing Connecticut to move forward with verifying customer information. The cuts will affect over 10 percent of Connecticut residents ...

News Briefing for Thursday, November 6, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Will Boehner and McConnell Join Reid in Fully Funding Obamacare Before GOP Congress Is Seated? “Will the congressional Republican leaders—House Speaker John Boehner and current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—work with out-going Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to fully fund Obamacare in a lame-duck session of Congress before the newly elected Republican majorities in both houses can be seated? If you listen to what House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was saying leading up to Tuesday’s elections that is what they will do. “My belief is you have one chance to make a first impression,” McCarthy told Politico in an ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HEALTHCARE: POWERS RIPS OBAMA: IT’S NOT GOP’S FAULT OBAMACARE WEBSITE DIDN’T WORK “USA Today columnist slammed President Obama over a story in Politico quoting administration officials and painting the president as “fed up” and longing for the campaign trail on Monday’s “Kelly File” on the Fox News Channel. “First of all, the idea that this is the story that's coming out from the White House that somehow that this is supposed to be helpful?...they're not just portraying him as checked out. They're portraying him as a self-pitying, self-involved, pathetic person. Now, whether what they're saying is accurate or not, we don't ...

News Briefing for Tuesday, November 4, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Supreme Court Will Mull King v. Burwell a Bit Longer “Will the Supreme Court choose to hear King v Burwell, the case regarding the delivery of subsidies in states without a state-based exchange? Today the court chose to delay its answer for at least a week. Last Friday the Supreme Court considered an appeal of the King v Burwell decision. The court could have chosen to hear the case or it could have rejected the appeal altogether. Instead the Court chose to re-list the case for more discussion this week. So next Monday we may find out whether four Justices have chosen to accept the case or not. The fact that the case was relisted, ...

News Briefing for Monday, November 3, 2014

HEALTHCARE: 'Obamacare Works,' Obama Tells Voters “Mired in low approval numbers, President Obama has shied away from campaigning for Democratic candidates before the midterms, but when he spoke at a rally this evening in Michigan, the president made a forceful case for his signature health law. "I don't know if you've noticed, but Obamacare works," the president said. Criticized by Republicans as an overreaching law that was rolled out ineptly, the Affordable Care Act eventually supplied health coverage to 8 million Americans who signed up for 2014 plans on Obamacare-created exchanges. The law faces a critical test this month, as the 2015 ...

News Briefing for November 1, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Politico: ObamaCare still not a boon for Democrats at the polls “Remember when Democrats insisted they’d run in the midterms on the success of ObamaCare? Good times, good times. Granted, the last time Debbie Wasserman-Schultz uttered that bon mot was almost a year ago, and it was so ridiculous a notion even at that time (while the rollout melted down) that the DNC chair had to reiterate it three days later. Her Democratic colleagues in the House tried following through in January with an ad filled with anecdotes about all of the successes of the Affordable Care Act, which ran for, oh … sixty-six seconds.  By April, House ...

News Briefing for Friday, October 31, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Poll: Americans Think Obama Admin’s Playing Politics By Delaying Obamacare Sign-ups Until After Election “A large majority of Americans are calling out the Obama administration’s decision last year to delay Obamacare enrollment until after midterm elections as an overtly political move, according to a new poll from nonpartisan health research firm HealthPocket.  Close to a year ago, the Obama administration pushed back the start date for Obamacare’s open enrollment period by one month, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, conveniently after the midterm elections next week. The public — liberals and conservatives alike — aren’t ...