(CNN) - While admitting his administration underestimated the challenges involved in developing and executing a functioning federal healthcare exchange website, President Barack Obama said the deeper issue is how inefficiently the federal government manages information technology (IT).
"In fact, there's probably no bigger gap between the private sector and the public sector than IT," Obama said on Tuesday at a Wall Street Journal conference in Washington.
(CNN) - Obamacare might be off to a slow start but it's starting to pick up steam, at least in states that are not using the beleaguered HealthCare.gov website.
For the past month, CNN has conducted a state-by-state survey to determine enrollment in the new insurance plans. As of Tuesday afternoon, at least 133,257 people had chosen new insurance plans in the 14 states with their own signup apparatuses. Nearly half of them were enrolled in the past two weeks.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to expand Medicaid in the state, calling the decision "very expensive and not fiscally conservative."
The first-term Republican senator from Kentucky said that while no “one person gets to decide what is and what isn't conservative,” the New Jersey governor’s acceptance of a portion of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act suggests that Christie is not a true conservative.
(CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stop Texas from implementing a part of a new abortion law that requires doctors to get admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they're providing abortion services.
A federal appeals court had reinstated the key part of the law, which is considered among the most restrictive in the country.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin wasted no time on Tuesday swatting away a question about whether the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee needed to be a governor.
"No," Ryan said quickly. "Next question."
CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 19, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING … CONGRESSMAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF COCAINE … U.S. Congressman Trey Radel of Florida has been charged with possession of cocaine in Washington D.C. A court document filed today in DC Superior Court say the 37-year-old freshman Republican “ on or about October 29, 2013…did unlawfully, knowingly, and intentionally possess a quantity of cocaine, a controlled substance.” Radel was elected in November, and represents Florida’s 19th congressional district.
VIRGINIA LAWMAKER STABBED, SON DEAD
Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was repeatedly stabbed in the head and torso; his 24-year-old son, Gus, fatally wounded by a gunshot Tuesday in an assault that Virginia State Police are investigating as an attempted murder and suicide. Deeds is in critical condition at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, the hospital said. – Michael Pearson
Washington (CNN) - Americans frustrated by attempts to purchase health insurance on healthcare.gov will soon be able to determine their eligibility for tax subsidies and purchase insurance directly from insurance companies and private exchanges, a government spokeswoman announced Tuesday.
Julie Bataille of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency that oversees the government's online insurance exchange, told reporters on a conference call that as of Tuesday morning, the process called "direct enrollment" should be functioning.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Supporters of a move to end filibusters of presidential nominees picked up a key ally Tuesday.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a veteran California Democrat, says she has changed her mind and now supports using the so-called "nuclear option" - changing Senate rules over the objections of Republicans to prevent those filibusters. She said she has been persuaded to take the extraordinary step because the public is anxious to have Washington work and "you can't do it if the President can't get a cabinet, a sub-cabinet, judges, commissioners." Filibusters require 60 votes to set aside, a high hurdle in the narrowly divided Senate.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Trey Radel is due in D.C. superior court Wednesday, charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession after an October 29 arrest, according to court documents.
The 37 year-old Florida Republican is serving his first term in Congress after winning office last November.
(CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee said it took disciplinary action after a staffer tweeted a link about Alison Lundergan Grimes that her campaign called sexist.
The link directed readers to a blog post titled "Grimes Is The New 'Obama Girl'?" on the website, BluegrassBulletin.com.