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The Hill: Delaware has seen only a handful enrollments in its new ObamaCare insurance exchange, which is served by HealthCare.gov, according to an informal survey of community groups. The Associated Press reported that four patients had signed up for coverage as of Wednesday.
Boston Globe (AP): U.S. Rep. Steve Daines announced Wednesday that he will run for Senate in 2014, giving Montana Republicans a candidate they believe has a strong chance at winning the state’s first race for an open Senate seat in decades.
National Review (includes video): “If he wants to go the way of McCain and Romney, I guess he can go ahead and do it,” Paul said on Fox News on Wednesday. “I think it’ll be same old stuff again, wishy-washy stuff — chase [out] all the constitutionalists, limited-government, libertarians.”
WorldNetDaily: “It’s a shame what happened to Ken Cuccinelli,” the top conservative voice said in his post-election analysis Wednesday. “He was betrayed by his own party. … Here was their chance to have a Republican governor in the state of Virginia, and they didn’t care.”
Politicohttp://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/kathleen-sebelius-obamacare-hearing-takeaway-more-bad-news-99479.html: Kathleen Sebelius got through the latest Obamacare hearing Wednesday, but her message to Senate Democrats was a bit of a downer: Expect more bad news.
Jonah Goldberg at National Review: If the folks running the party want the tea partiers to support their preferred candidates — when they’re the nominee, at least — it should work the other way around as well.
CNN: According to the exit poll published by CNN, Cuccinelli defeated McAuliffe among married women 51 percent to 42 percent, with Sarvis taking 7 percent.
LifeNews: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pro-life and vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times before he ran for re-election in a state that is not known as a bastion of conservatism. While abortion activists and the media elite claim Republicans can’t win on a pro-life platform — saying they are supposedly engaging in a War on Women instead, Christie proved them wrong.
NY Times: New York voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling, authorizing as many as seven full-scale casinos as part of a plan meant to bring jobs to economically distressed upstate regions.
Breitbart: A campaign strategist for Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli said that the national GOP abandoned the campaign in its final days.
Daily Mail: More than 3.5 million Americans have lost their individual health insurance plans as the Obamacare system nears full implementation, and an irreverent website and Twitter account is showing off their cancellation letters. But the project, mycancellation.com, has had a rocky start, with Twitter freezing its account at least three times since it launched last week.
Yahoo Finance News: Election day is here and while most of the media is focusing on the governors races in New Jersey and Virginia, we looked at some ballot initiatives that investors and the business community will be watching closely.
Online Athens: A text message containing a photo of a man’s penis could prompt the Georgia Supreme Court to throw out a 43-year-old law that requires a warning on the outside of the envelope when sending depictions of nudity.
AP: Little more than a week after millions of consumers received health care cancellation notices, lawmakers in both parties are pushing legislation to redeem President Barack Obama’s long-ago pledge that anyone liking their coverage will be allowed to keep it under the nation’s controversial new law.
Yahoo Finance: Insurers say the early buyers of health coverage on the nation’s troubled new websites are older than expected so far, raising early concerns about the economics of the insurance marketplaces.
Breitbart: On Monday, former Congressman and staunch libertarian Ron Paul (R-TX) campaigned for Virginia Republican Governor candidate Ken Cuccinelli and said Virginias would be giving up on liberty if they voted for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Tuesday’s election and would be “insane” if they voted for so-called libertarian Robert Sarvis, the third-party candidate who may siphon enough votes from Cuccinelli to spoil the election.
Townhall: Vermont, the first U.S. state to pass a law to implement single-payer, taxpayer-funded health insurance, has paid $170 million for its healthcare exchange website that does not work—and it only had to enroll 40,000 people.
The Hill: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and eight other Senate Republicans want to give states the right to challenge federal regulations when they believe the rules violate the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.
Burlington Free Press: Vermont’s new insurance marketplace, like its federal counterpart, had a rocky launch Oct. 1 and remains plagued with glitches.
Washington Times: President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing a government-wide effort to boost preparation in states and local communities for the impact of global warming.
Newsmax: Sen. Ron Johnson tells Newsmax he is prepared to sue the “lawless” Obama administration over its decision to grant members of Congress and their staff special treatment under Obamacare.
CMS Spent More Than $1T in Less Than 1 Yr; More Than Entire Gov’t Spent When Medicaid-Medicare Enacted
CNSNews: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the federal government’s major health-care programs, and which was responsible for developing the Obamacare health-insurance exchange website, spent more than $1 trillion in just the first eleven months of fiscal 2013, according to the Treasury.
Washington Examiner: American voters overwhelmingly support a delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance, according to a portion of a new Republican poll shared with the Washington Examiner.
AP: With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president’s health care overhaul law.
CNSNews: Louisiana is one of 25 states that has not expanded Medicaid coverage for low-income adults under Obamacare, even though the state has a relatively high percentage of uninsured people.
The Hill: The Affordable Care Act is casting a shadow over Democrats’ chances in Senate battleground states, putting pressure on vulnerable Senate Democrats to distance themselves from the law’s clumsy rollout.
WI State Journal: The Middleton-Cross Plains School Board has taken its case against a middle school science teacher fired for viewing pornographic images at school to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, a legal journey that has cost the district at least $598,000, a district spokesman said.
Rasmussen: But for the second month in a row, 30% of voters think the health care system is likely to get better as a result of Obamacare. That’s up eight points from August and the most positive view to date. But most voters (52%) still believe the system will get worse under the new law, while six percent (6%) expect it to stay about the same. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.
The Hill: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has conducted more than 330,000 eligibility calculations for premium tax credits under ObamaCare since the law’s enrollment system debuted four weeks ago, the agency said Saturday.
Breitbart: In an extensive roundup of the numbers, Forbes’ Josh Archambault reveals that, upon close inspection, the number of people losing their insurance coverage in merely three states towers over that of people newly insured in all 50. He notes that over half a million Americans have received notices that they will lose their coverage in Florida, California, Philadelphia, in addition to numbers coming in from several other states. Comparatively, “only 476,000 applications have been ‘filed’ in an exchange.”
Betsy Woodruff at National Review: The lesson of all of this should be that any sentence that says “Evangelicals believe [fill in the blank] regarding immigration [or just about any other political issue]” is seriously fraught. There are approximately 90 to 100 million Evangelical Christians in America (per Wheaton College’s Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals). That number is big, and one might expect a certain diversity.
The Hill: Administration officials are vowing to have ObamaCare’s enrollment site fully repaired by Nov. 30, which would be two months after the site’s disastrous debut.
CNBC: Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to put a hold on the nomination of Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, a source close to the Kentucky Republican said Friday.
CNSNews: Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines.
AP: Fed up and ready to get off the sidelines, veteran Iowa Republicans are working to wrest control of the state GOP from the evangelicals, tea partyers and libertarians they blame for alienating longtime party loyalists.
Washington Times: “While the IRS says it cannot start the filing season on time, somehow it found the most essential operation to be the implementation of the president’s health care law,” Mr. Camp said. “The IRS needs to explain why implementing the president’s health care law is more important than processing tax returns in a timely manner.”
The Hill: The White House is delaying the deadline to buy health insurance by six weeks amid growing House Democratic concerns that the ObamaCare enrollment site’s botched rollout will prevent them from winning the House in 2014.
Breitbart: Defenders of President Obama’s signature health reform legislation claim the states that put effort into establishing their own exchanges, mostly Democrat-led, are signing people up successfully for ObamaCare. A new report, however, indicates that most of the individuals signing up in these state-run exchanges are enrolling into Medicaid.
In Forum: The Obama administration asked North Dakota’s largest health insurer not to publicize how many people have signed up for health insurance through a new online exchange, a company official says . . . Still, a spokeswoman from Blue Cross Blue Shield says about 14 North Dakotans have signed up for coverage since the federal exchange went live Oct. 1. That brings total statewide enrollment to 20 – less than one a day.
AP: The Obama administration is appealing to its allies in Congress, on Wall Street and across the country to stick with President Barack Obama’s health care law even as embarrassing problems with the flagship website continue to mount.
Washington Times: The House’s top investigators want to know if the Obama administration made a political decision to get rid of an online tool that would have allowed uninsured Americans to comparison-shop among private health plans on the federal Obamacare website before registering for an account.
Columbus Dispatch: But as soon as today, a conservative organization, possibly joined by House Republicans, may file a lawsuit to invalidate the vote yesterday by the seven-member Controlling Board, which approved by a 5-2 bipartisan vote a request to accept $2.56 billion in federal money for the expansion through June 2015.
Daily Caller: Republican Sen. Ted Cruz received an eight-minute standing ovation upon his return to Texas this past weekend, despite an extended, hostile campaign from Democrats and the mainstream media to portray him as a dangerous extremist.
AP: A Madison judge on Monday found Wisconsin labor relations officials in contempt for enforcing parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious bargaining restrictions despite a ruling that they’re unconstitutional, clearing the way for hundreds of school district and municipal worker unions to negotiate with their employers again.
Barna Research: Twitter, Facebook, eBooks, news feeds, mobile apps are all information sources that didn’t exist just a few years ago, and they are changing the way the modern consumer processes information. These digital mediums have introduced to reading and to information a whole new level of scrolling, skimming and synopsizing. All of this has vast implications for the future of content and communication, including the future of books. Barna Group’s new study uncovers three of the trends that are redefining the information age.
National Review: The administration estimates that it needs 2.7 million young healthy people on the exchange, out of the 7 million total expected to apply in the first year. If the pool is too skewed — if it’s mostly old and sick people on the exchanges — then insurers will lose money, and next year, they’ll sharply increase premiums.
Patrick J. Buchanan at Human Events: Now there may be a more cynical strategy than deliberately doing permanent damage to your country to help your party. Right now, I just can’t think of it. A party that would do such a thing would not only not deserve office; it would raise valid questions about the reasons for its continued existence. If this is how Republicans will behave when facing a decision on moral and political principle, why would conservatives want such a crowd representing them?
The Hill: Officials from the Health and Human Services Department have “rebuffed” requests to testify before Congress about ObamaCare’s troubled rollout, a House committee said Thursday.
The Columbus Dispatch: Thirty-nine GOP representatives signed a letter in protest of Kasich’s plan to ask the seven-member legislative-spending oversight panel on Monday to approve $2.56 billion in federal money over two years to cover about 275,000 more poor Ohioans under Medicaid. They said Kasich’s maneuver will circumvent the “clear intent of the General Assembly,” a violation of Ohio law.
Daniel Henninger at Wall Street Journal: The Obama Twitter account lists 38,258,000 followers. Unless some of these are fake, that’s nearly 30% of the total popular vote in 2012. All through the week, this number rose as the site poured forth boiling oil. Virtually every Obama tweet demonizes the tea party. Last week, within minutes of the collapse of the Obama-Boehner talks, the tweeting robot called “Barack Obama” had hung the collapse on the “tea party.”
The Hill: McConnell said that even though he and many other Republicans “hate, detest and despise ObamaCare,” they are not going to be able to repeal it unilaterally while Democrats control the White House and the Senate.
Daily Gazette: Stephen Dick, owner of the strip club, maintains the dances performed by Gianna and others at Nite Moves are protected under the First Amendment. He continues to maintain that taxing door admission and private lap dance fees constitutes a violation of constitutional rights, because his dancers should be exempt from taxes.
The Hill: “In exchange for funding ObamaCare and raising the debt limit, Mitch McConnell has secured a $2 billion earmark,” the group wrote in a statement. “This is an insult to all the Kentucky families who don’t want to pay for ObamaCare and don’t want to shoulder any more debt.”
The Hill: The House voted 285-144 in favor of the bill, which would fund the government until Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. That followed an 81-18 Senate vote on the same measure.
The Hill: Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the New Jersey Senate special election on Wednesday night in an unsurprising finale to a surprisingly contentious race. With nearly all precincts reporting, Booker had 55 percent of the vote to Lonegan’s 44 percent, The Associated Press reported.
CNSNews: He also criticized the conservative Heritage Foundation, which lobbied extensively against Obamacare. Hatch said he thinks Heritage is “in danger of losing its clout and its power around Washington, D.C.”
CNSNews: “Had Senate Republicans united and supported House Republicans, the outcome of this, I believe, would have been very, very different,” Cruz told reporters in the Senate Wednesday afternoon. “I wish that had happened, but it did not.”
George F. Will at Human Events: As of early Monday evening, Democrats had refused Collins’s bargain, giving several reasons but really having only one important one: They loathe the sequester, which prevents them from opening the spending spigot.
Why Obamacare is a mess: The administration has to ‘fess up and promote changes | Chicago Tribune Editorial
Chicago Tribune Editorial: The deeper problems of cost and coverage in Obamacare are going to require an admission by the administration that this government management of the health care market is extraordinarily complicated and will be very costly for many people. The law has to change.
Rasmussen: The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 78% would vote instead to get rid of the entire Congress and start over again. That’s a 10-point jump from the previous high of 68% in May of last year.
The Hill: The White House stood by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday, as Republicans called for her resignation over the botched rollout of ObamaCare.
House Journal: Speaker John Boehner is considering letting the House take the initial vote Wednesday on a Senate-prepared bill to lift the debt ceiling and restart funding for the shuttered federal government–apparently even if House conservatives object.
National Review: Last week, Principal Pat Jones, worried that by the fact that some of his students didn’t know the federal government had been shut down, announced that his school, Alliance High School in Nebraska, would refrain from reciting the pledge as they did each morning, to remind them of the problems in Washington.
David Limbaugh at Human Events: Every time we have a congressional impasse over budgetary issues, we hear from liberals predicting Shutdown-mageddon. Why don’t they ever join us in expressing concern over the inevitable financial collapse that will result from their policies?
Obama ‘Crashing Health-care Site On Purpose’: Fear that public would be terrified if people knew true cost
WorldNetDaily: Obamacare officials were so worried about the reaction should Americans actually see what their health coverage will cost under the president’s signature law that they chose to set up a system that clogs up and crashes while an applicant’s eligibility for a subsidy is evaluated.
Rasmussen: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of American Adults think we should still celebrate Columbus Day which officially falls today. One-in-four adults (26%) disagree, and 16% are not sure.
Breitbart: Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus told Breitbart News on Monday that House Republicans should hold the line in the ongoing fiscal fights with Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama.
CNSNews: Fifty-two percent of Republicans say that America needs a third party, according to a newly released Gallup poll. Forty-nine percent of Democrats say the same thing.
Politico: Sen. Ted Cruz confronted President Barack Obama over his health care law during a meeting at the White House Friday attended by dozens of GOP senators.
National Review: “The House Republicans so far don’t want to get rid of the shutdown. I don’t know in what world we’re faring well under the shutdown, in terms of policy or politics. So, in that sense, yeah, I’d rather have the Senate” take charge, says Arizona senator Jeff Flake.