October 31st, 2013
09:23 PM ET
9 months ago

Report: Obama campaign considered replacing Biden with Hillary Clinton

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's closest advisers may have secretly considered replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that it was never a remote possibility.

"Campaigns test everything," Carney said on CNN's "New Day." "When it comes to this particular issue, do campaigns test everything? Yes."

While he said the idea was "tested," Carney insisted that it wasn't going to happen.

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October 31st, 2013
08:47 PM ET
9 months ago

GOP on insurance cancellations: "We told you so"

Washington (CNN) - The White House isn't in damage-control mode solely over a bad health care website.

As the Obama administration is trying to calm concerns across the country from Americans being dropped from their current plans, Republicans on Capitol Hill are saying, "We told you so."

In March 2010, then-Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, came to the House floor as Democrats were poised to pass Obamacare and issued a warning.

"Look at this bill," Boehner said. "Ask yourself: Do you really believe that if you like the health plan that you have, that you can keep it? No, you can't."

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Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations
October 31st, 2013
06:38 PM ET
9 months ago

Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats voted unanimously three years ago to support the Obamacare rule that is largely responsible for some of the health insurance cancellation letters that are going out.

In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it.

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Filed under: Charles Grassley • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare • Senate • Senate Democrats • Tom Harkin
CNN's GUT CHECK for October 31, 2013
October 31st, 2013
05:21 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 31, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 31, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

SUBPOENAED: The Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Thursday as part of its effort to obtain documents and other information about the embattled HealthCare.gov website. - Lisa Desjardins.

CAN'T GET IT RIGHT: OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DARRELL ISSA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH WOLF BLITZER REGARDING HEALTHCARE.GOV: “They’re claiming that November 30th they'll be ready. We want to make sure they will. We want to make sure this doesn't happen again. You know, the process here of delivering expensive I.T. – $600 million – shows that government doesn't really get it right. Even when they employ good contractors, they seem to find a way not to use best practices.”
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Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
Senate Democrats vent at White House officials over Obamacare roll out
October 31st, 2013
05:18 PM ET
9 months ago

Senate Democrats vent at White House officials over Obamacare roll out

(CNN) - Top Obama administration officials involved in the troubled roll out of the Obamacare website got an earful from Senate Democrats in a closed meeting on Thursday.

“There is a lot of frustration,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, as she left the session in the Capitol with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, and former acting White House Budget Office Director Jeff Zients, who is spearheading the administration’s response to the problems.
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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • Senate Democrats • White House
Senate GOP blocks two Obama nominees, Dems hold fire in response
October 31st, 2013
05:00 PM ET
9 months ago

Senate GOP blocks two Obama nominees, Dems hold fire in response

Updated 10/31/2013 at 5:23 p.m. ET

(CNN) - Republicans blocked two high-profile presidential nominees on Thursday as the bitter fight over appointments escalated in the U.S. Senate, but Democrats held their fire and decided, for now, to forgo a change in rules to limit filibusters.

The GOP mounted filibusters against Judge Patricia Millett, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia, and Rep. Melvin Watt, who was named to head the agency that oversees housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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Filed under: Senate • Senate Republicans
'Scary' Halloween tweets from the right and left
October 31st, 2013
04:27 PM ET
9 months ago

'Scary' Halloween tweets from the right and left

(CNN) - The last day of October offers a chance for a different kind of political commentary, with some politicians and political brands sharing what they find "scary."

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a Republican, feels that "Everyone is entitled to one good scare on Halloween," according to a tweet from an account bearing his name.
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Filed under: President Obama
October 31st, 2013
02:55 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama's poll numbers fall, but he's not alone

(CNN) - Take a second-term president who has faced a series of setbacks this year and what do you get: public opinion polls that are nothing to brag about.

But when it comes to dropping numbers, new surveys suggest that President Barack Obama has plenty of company in the nation's capital.
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Filed under: Polls • President Obama
October 31st, 2013
02:29 PM ET
9 months ago

For many, Obama's promise of health care choice does not ring true

Washington (CNN) - In her grilling on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated a frequent assertion in the Obamacare sales pitch - consumers have options when shopping for insurance plans on the health care exchanges.

"The 15% of our neighbors and friends who are uninsured have affordable new options in a competitive market," Sebelius said in her testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • President Obama
Congressional staff caught in middle of Obamacare dispute
October 31st, 2013
12:48 PM ET
9 months ago

Congressional staff caught in middle of Obamacare dispute

Washington (CNN) - As members of Congress point at problems with HealthCare.gov, lawmakers themselves are scrambling and, in and some cases, sparking cries of hypocrisy over how they'll handle the one piece of Obamacare under their control: whether their own staff should be forced into the exchanges.

Members of Congress have until the end of the day on Thursday to make up their minds, and Democrats and Republicans are divided internally on the politically tricky issue.

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Filed under: Congress • Health care • Obamacare
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