CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: THE ENROLLMENT NUMBERS ARE IN
* First Obamacare reporting period: October 1 – November 2
– 106,185 enrolled through Obamacare
– Only 26,794 people have completed the enrollment process for health care coverage through HealthCare.gov.
CNN’S NEWT GINGRICH ON THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER: “They have had, since the passage of the bill, one month longer than the entire American participation in World War II. The time they signed the bill is about the time it took us to go from Pearl Harbor to defeating Germany, Italy and Japan. And they haven’t gotten the website to work.”
WHITE HOUSE: IT’S ‘GETTING BETTER'
The administration's technology chief, Todd Park, testifying before a House committee Wednesday, said improvements have been made to the website HealthCare.gov so that up to 17,000 people can register and up 25,000 people can access the system each hour. He said that's an improvement over the number of users able to access the site on October 1, the day the HealthCare.gov went live. However, it is still well below the administration's goal of increasing capacity to at least 50,000 people per hour. – Leigh Ann Caldwell. Jim Acosta and Brianna Keilar
DEMOCRATS LOSING PATIENCE:
Congressional Democrats are upping the pressure on President Barack Obama to fix what's ailing his signature health care initiative with some in the party warning they may be forced to back a House Republican proposal if the White House doesn't offer an alternative by week's end.
MANY IN CONGRESS AVOIDING HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES
This week, lawmakers can begin their sign-up process for health care, and a CNN survey shows that while most senators and representatives plan to participate in the Obamacare exchanges, a sizable group is walking away from the government-coordinated exchanges and instead getting their healthcare in the private marketplace. – Lisa Desjardins
Gut Check Full service: Who Has Signed up for Obamacare in the Senate
2016: A DEAD HEAT
A week after his landslide re-election, a new poll indicates Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey would be locked in a virtual tie with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the 2016 presidential election were held today. – Ashley Killough
THE BUZZ: Toronto City Council voted 37-5 today to ask Mayor Rob Ford to take a leave of absence.
MARKET WATCH: S&P 500 and Dow end at record highs, renewing the recent rally. NASDAQ adds more than 1%.
What was the biggest secret Sarah Palin feared would emerge when John McCain chose her as a running mate?
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Leading CNNPolitics: With Hawaii and Illinois, U.S. crosses a same-sex marriage mark
As Hawaii and Illinois join the list of states approving same-sex marriage, the United States crosses a big mark on the issue: More than 1 in 3 Americans will live where same-sex marriage is legal. – Josh Levs, Amy Roberts, and Caitlin Stark
Leading CNNMoney: Why the Tea Party may delay Yellen's confirmation
Austan Goolsbee, former top economic adviser to President Obama, thinks there's a tiny chance that members of Tea Party could figure out a way to delay Janet Yellen's confirmation to lead the Federal Reserve. But if they're successful, that could be a big problem for the financial markets. – Hibah Yousuf
Leading Drudge: AMNESTY DEAD - FOR NOW
Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that House Republicans will not enter into negotiations with the Senate on a massive immigration bill, effectively killing chances this year for a broad deal that would legalize illegal immigrants and rewrite the legal immigration system. – David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan
Leading HuffPo: Kirsten Gillibrand Says Rand Paul, Ted Cruz Have 'Common Sense' On Military Sexual Assault
Tea party stars Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are approaching the issue of military sexual assault with greater common sense than some Democratic stalwarts, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said. – Michael McAuliff
Leading Politico: Health care website photo: The face of Obamacare speaks out
The mysterious, smiling woman who graced the HealthCare.gov home page for much of its troubled rollout has gone public, saying she wants to stand up to “cyberbullying” she has faced when the website went live. – Tal Kopan
Leading The New York Times: Obama in Bind Trying to Keep Health Law Vow
White House officials are struggling to make good on President Obama’s promise that Americans can keep their insurance coverage without undermining the new health law or adding unaffordable costs. – Michael D. Shear and Robert Pear
The political bites of the day
– Issa: This wasn’t a small mistake –
HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DARRELL ISSA’S, R-CALIFORNIA REMARKS AT THE PANEL’S HEARING ON OBAMACARE: "On October 1st, President Obama said using it (Healthcare.gov) would be as easy as buying an airline ticket on Kayak.com or buying a television on Amazon. This is an insult to Amazon and Kayak. On the day of the launch President Obama should have known the harsh lesson we have all learned since that time and that was they weren’t ready. They weren’t close to ready. This wasn’t a small mistake. This wasn’t a scaling mistake. This was a monumental mistake to go live and effectively explode on the launch pad."
– Cummings demands apology for Park –
REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS, D-MARYLAND, AT THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE TO CHAIRMAN ISSA RE: HIS SUBPOENA TO WHITE HOUSE CTO TODD PARK: "I believe you owe Mr. Park an apology, not a subpoena."
– But Park doesn't take it personally –
U.S. CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER TODD PARK AT THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE IN RESPONSE TO CUMMINGS' REQUEST FOR AN APOLOGY: “I don’t take any of this personally. It is a fast moving situation with a lot going on … I’m the son of immigrants from Korea. I have incredible love for this country. I have huge respect for the institution of Congress and its role in our democracy and if the committee wanted me to be here today and decided I should be here today then I’m happy to be here today and make the time to answer your questions.“
– Boehner: 'I don't think this is ever going to work' –
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AT A NEWS CONFERENCE ON OBAMACARE: “Our job is to protect the American people and to protect them from a law that we think is harming them. And when you look at Obamacare frankly I don’t think there is way to fix it. There is way to help people along the way when we encounter problems but when you look at the government taking control of our entire health care insurance market, and for that matter the delivery market, I don’t think this is ever going to work. And certainly unaffordable.”
– Clinton threw Obama under the bus –
REP. JOHN MICA, R-FLORIDA: "It is kind of interesting to see as Obamacare implodes how everybody is running for cover. Yesterday we saw the former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, throw the current president under the bus so to speak on this issue. "
– Landrieu: Obamacare ‘worth fighting for’ –
SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU, D-LOUISIANA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH DANA BASH ABOUT FIXING OBAMACARE IN RESPONSE TO DEMOCRATS URGING THE PRESIDENT TO DO SO: “I think it's a matter of how. I really do. I think the president, first of all, he apologized. And he's also apologized for the poor roll-out. And again, these things are real problems and they have to be fixed. But the promise of the Affordable Care Act, let me say again, is worth fighting for. And Republicans that continue to think that they're going to undermine it, repeal it, or defund it are wrong. They're on the wrong side of history. They're on the wrong side.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Rob Portman @robportman
More evidence that #Obamacare cannot be fixed – it must be repealed. Enrollment #s far below Admin's expectations. http://politi.co/1e42FyZ
Ron Fournier @ron_fournier
Qs for PR types: How did WH manage to raise expectations for 40k (and only hit 27k)? And why release today, not next wed b4 Thanksgiving?
Byron York (@ByronYork)
House committee asked witnesses if Obamacare exchange will be up and running by November 30. Nobody said 'yes.'
Tony Romm (@TonyRomm)
if at first you don't succeed, keep asking the agency that didn't build the website for answers.
Rosie Gray (@RosieGray)
Obamacare Applications Tripped Up By Lack Of Spanish-Language Training Materials buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/need… via @EvanMcSan
New York Magazine (@NYMag)
Rand Paul's latest speech was filled with properly footnoted errors. Progress! http://nym.ag/1e3GRn4
Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer)
Nice move by @TWC as NYers search for loved ones MT @Albany_NY_News
Time Warner offers free calls to Philippines http://ow.ly/qMXCZ
Business Insider (@businessinsider)
Toronto Mayor gives awkward response when asked if he had bought illegal drugs in past 2 years http://read.bi/1aEDTkb
Mike Kallmeyer (@Kallmeyer224)
Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor now has his own Bobble Head. Here's Rob Ford's "Robbie Bobbie" http://ow.ly/27gyKA
Atlanta's mayor says city will demolish Turner Field after Braves leave for new Cobb County stadium in 2017 » http://es.pn/1hCZLX1
Do 30 squats and ride the subway for free – a new campaign in Russia to make citizens healthier. http://ow.ly/qMhwv
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in November 2009, Sarah Palin admitted that the biggest secret that she thought may be discovered about her past was that she received a “D” grade while she was in college.
Palin acknowledged in an interview with Jake Tapper that a woman running for public office can expect that the media scrutiny is intense – and often sexist. She advised future political candidates to “thicken your skin and you march forth with your message, your priorities, and your agenda that you believe is right for America.”
When asked how she thought the media treated Hillary Clinton, Palin responded, “Yeah, Hillary Clinton was mistreated when it came to appearances. When it came to wardrobe, you know, petty, superficial things that the men don’t ever seem to hear much about but a woman candidate will.”
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