November 13th, 2013
05:31 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 13, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

* 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

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.”

The administration's technology chief, Todd Park, testifying before a House committee Wednesday, said improvements have been made to the website 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 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

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.

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

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%.

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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 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 ( would be as easy as buying an airline ticket on 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 -

- 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.

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… via @EvanMcSan

New York Magazine (‏@NYMag)
Rand Paul's latest speech was filled with properly footnoted errors. Progress!

Chuck Schumer‏ (@SenSchumer)
Nice move by @TWC as NYers search for loved ones MT @Albany_NY_News
Time Warner offers free calls to Philippines

Business Insider (‏@businessinsider)
Toronto Mayor gives awkward response when asked if he had bought illegal drugs in past 2 years

Mike Kallmeyer‏ (@Kallmeyer224)
Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor now has his own Bobble Head. Here's Rob Ford's "Robbie Bobbie"

SportsCenter‏ (@SportsCenter)
Atlanta's mayor says city will demolish Turner Field after Braves leave for new Cobb County stadium in 2017 »

CPA/ACP (‏@PhysioCan)
Do 30 squats and ride the subway for free – a new campaign in Russia to make citizens healthier.

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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  1. just saying

    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.”

    it is george bush's fault....

    November 13, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Can these GOP thugs stop this Obamacare drama, 106, 8960 people so far enrolled. ACA is a Law. Every one will enrol. It is not cheating like GOP thugs WMD, nor Iraq war.

    November 13, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    GOP is done, dead for another fifty years in USA.

    November 13, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. just saying

    "If only Obama and the Democrats had agreed to delay Obamacare this wouldn't have been an issue"
    If only the red states that made a fuss and demanded that health care reform not interfere with their "state sovereignty" and leave it to them to create their exchanges, etc., had not turned around and hypocritically ceded all control and authority over their state exchanges to the federal gov't, such that the website that was expected to have to handle a couple of slow red states didn't suddenly have to handle 36 tantrum throwing hypocrite states.....this wouldn't have been an issue.

    but obamacare gave them that option right? so now you blame them for exercising that option? shouldn't you be blaming obama and the democrats for giving them option?

    maybe the federal government should have jammed it down the throats of states like they did the citizens? oh yeah, they tried that witjh the medicaid part and the supreme court ruled against them.

    yeah, that is the real problem with obamacare, obama and the democrats just haven't used enough lies, deceit and force to jam it down our throats. yeah, that's the ticket, the american people just aren't opening their mouths, or more accuraqtely spreading their cheeks, wide enough. i suppose you will also expect a thank you after this assualt? don't worry, that will come next november at the polls. but i don't think it is a thank you that will please you.

    November 13, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    LOL – I like the statement that says : ""It's getting better"" from the W.H.
    I like Obama, he seems like a fairly decent guy, got a nice family & all, & seems respectable, but I honestly think he depends a lot on "JOE" for a lot of his mis-steps.

    Let me be clear – The longer this goes on, regarding this health care thing, the worse it gets for the democrats....
    and they are figuring on getting or electing more seats in congress, in 2014 ? LOL – we'll see....

    Poll:52% say Obama's not honest and trustworthy –

    This begs the Question : Wonder what it will be in 6 months from now ? (more or less)

    November 13, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |