Wow! Right? Maybe not: Here’s what we know: More than 6 million people have signed up for private coverage on insurance exchanges set up through Obamacare.
Here’s what we don’t know: pretty much anything else.
The 6 million doesn’t account for the low-income people who have enrolled in Medicaid or the people who couldn’t enroll in Medicaid because their states chose not to participate.
Breaking Thursday morning: The Washington Post’s Robert Costa reports that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has expanded his political network to all 50 states in an effort to broaden his base and lay the groundwork for a presidential campaign.
Costa joined CNN's "Inside Politics" to discuss his report that Paul’s nationwide team of 200 people blends traditional Republicans with the more libertarian-minded supporters of Paul’s father, Ron, who ran for president in 2008 and 2012.
Rand Paul’s challenge as a Republican, like his father’s, is to convince the national party that his views work with theirs. He opposes the war on drugs, for instance. He also opposes the use of drones to combat terrorism and the National Security Agency’s ability to collect phone and Internet data. Those are issues that draw support from national security hawks who have dominated the GOP for years.
Take a quick trip Inside Politics and see the stories setting the stage in Washington today:
Obama vs. Romney ... and Putin – A tough question for President Obama on Romney, Russia and Putin. Obama is a master of the long–winded sidestep - guarded, professorial and often dismissive answers to questions from reporters.
Obama to Propose NSA Shake-up
The big headline Tuesday morning is that President Barack Obama will call for the end of the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata. The White House plan to reform the NSA’s ability to collect phone data and instead rely on phone companies to store it was first reported by The New York Times and confirmed by CNN.
Washington (CNN) - Thought bubble: The White House removing chained CPI from their budget arguably shows that Washington is even more cynical than "House of Cards."
The plot lines are similar between today's headlines and the first few episodes of the second season of the Netflix show, in which lawmakers raise the age of retirement to 68. Specifically, Democratic leaders push a Republican proposal to raise to the retirement age through Congress even after Republicans, out of pique, abandon negotiations.
(CNN) – Health insurers announced Wednesday they will give people buying coverage under Obamacare more time to make the first payment.
America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group, said consumers now have until Jan. 10 to make their first payment for coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.
Washington (CNN) – There will be plenty of legacy items by which to judge President Barack Obama.
Obamacare, for instance: Whether the new law that seeks health insurance for every American is a prudent piece of policy or an albatross of government overreach is a matter of opinion. How about drawing down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? What about his efforts to police suspected terrorists abroad through the use of deadly drone strikes?
Washington (CNN) – Donald Rumsfeld's most famous quote has to do with whether there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
But he might as well have been a reporter talking about Obamacare.
"There are known unknowns," said Rumsfeld back in February of 2002. "That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."
(CNN) - Saturday marks the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline to fix the troubled HealthCare.gov website, for most people at least.
It caps a frenzied, two-month race by computer programmers and contractors sprinkled throughout the D.C. suburbs on both sides of the beltway in Maryland and Virginia.
Updated 3:15 p.m. ET, 11/22/2013
(CNN) – The Obama administration announced Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services will extend a key Obamacare deadline by one week.
Americans can now sign up through December 23 in order to have health coverage start on January 1, according to Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.