(CNN) - In the irony that has become part of health care reform, the White House and the insurance companies find themselves in “not the happiest of marriages, but one that will have to last,” according to a senior administration official.
The insurance companies, as we know, were not happy about today’s events. But neither, says this official, was the White House.
Cleveland (CNN) - Hours after announcing changes to his signature legislative accomplishment, President Barack Obama pledged Thursday to keep the Affordable Care Act's essential elements in place despite growing pressure in Congress and elsewhere.
"We're not going to gut the law. We're going to fix what needs to be fixed," Obama said, blaming an "entrenched" attitude and a botched rollout for distracting from the measure's reforms.
Updated 4:17 p.m. ET, 11/14/2013
Washington (CNN) – The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat said President Barack Obama has put forward a sufficient measure administratively for addressing canceled health plans under Obamacare, adding that Congress didn’t have to act.
“There is no need for a legislative fix for this issue. Instead, Congress should continue to work with the administration to improve the implementation of the law and redouble our efforts highlighting and explaining what this historic law will mean for 40 million Americans without insurance,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois.
(CNN) - A data analytics company specializing in progressive causes is getting a new round of investment funding, including $2.25 million from liberal billionaire George Soros, the company said Thursday.
Catalist maintains a massive database of over 280 million Americans that can be applied to political data analytics, helping successful 2013 campaigns like Bill de Blasio in New York City and Terry McAuliffe in Virginia to better target their messaging person by person.
(CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz argued Thursday that people are starting to understand why he and other conservative activists embraced a strategy that tried to derail Obamacare this year but instead resulted in last month's government shutdown.
Speaking at the Aspen Institute's Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, the Texas Republican said the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov and revelations of people losing their health care insurance have led to changed feelings about his strategy.
New York (CNNMoney) - Americans may be able to keep their individual insurance plans for one more year, under a fix offered by President Obama on Thursday to address a controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act.
The deal is meant to mollify millions of people enraged after their insurers canceled policies that do not meet Obamacare requirements. The uproar has ensnared the White House for weeks, shining a spotlight on Obama's previous promise that people who liked their insurance plans can keep them.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain made it clear Thursday he wasn’t endorsing Chris Christie for president, but he had some favorable words for the recently re-elected New Jersey governor.
“I think a lot of Republicans will look at someone like Chris Christie” in 2016, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee said at the Aspen Institute’s “Washington Ideas Forum” at the Newseum.
Washington (CNN) – Senator John McCain said Thursday he is "very disappointed" with the Obama Administration – and especially Secretary of State John Kerry – on the issue of nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Kerry is "a good friend of mine," McCain said. But when it comes to Iran, "this guy has been a human wrecking ball."
- Obama: Government will tell insurers they can extend, through 2014, individual-market plans that otherwise would be canceled under Obamacare.
- But president notes not all state insurance commissioners may agree to extensions. Companies have a say, too.
- Some providers had been dropping customers because their existing policies don't work with new Obamacare regulations.
- Insurance trade group: Changing the rules now could result in higher premiums.
- Updates below. Also, see the full story.
(CNN) - As the story of the Obamacare website fiasco unfolds, senior administration aides tell me that the President is "mad, frustrated and angry."
Mad that his signature legislative achievement is stuck at the gate, frustrated that he's running out of time to fix it and angry that he's got a second-term agenda now going nowhere. He's so furious, in fact, that he stepped out of character to vent to an assembled group of top aides, saying he would have delayed the website if he had known it was a mess.FULL STORY