Republicans Didn't Break Obamacare's Website
Democrats like to argue that "Obamacare is working in the states that are trying to make it work." They returned to a similar theme yesterday, highlighting the solid – and improving – enrollment situation in California. The argument is mostly true, but so what? The 36 states that punted to the federal government to build their insurance exchanges aren't about to change their minds. If Obamacare only works in the states that are trying to make it work, it'll work in 14 states. And that's not enough. It has to work in the states that are indifferent to it, and the states that are actively trying to make it fail.
And yes, some states are trying to make it fail. So are some congressional Republicans. President Obama was correct yesterday when he said "one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure." But, again, that has been the case since even before he signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Past health care reforms, including Medicare Part D and Massachusetts' version of Obamacare, benefitted from a bipartisan commitment to successful implementation. The Affordable Care Act won't. Democrats have every reason to be angry about that, but complaining about it isn't going to change any minds – or expectations.
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By Sophie Novack and Clara Ritger
OFFICIAL: 30 TO 40 PERCENT OF OBAMACARE TECHNOLOGY NOT YET BUILT. Some backend systems, such as those dealing with payments, have not been completed.
HOUSE PANEL SAYS ADMINISTRATION MISSED WEBSITE WARNINGS. The Energy and Commerce Committee criticized the White House for ignoring a consultant's report on the functionality of HealthCare.gov. The president was briefed on the issues earlier in the year.
DOCTORS COMPLAIN THEY WILL BE PAID LESS BY OBAMACARE. Insurance officials acknowledge that they have reduced reimbursement rates.
EARLY ENROLLEEES ON CONNECTICUT EXCHANGE SKEW OLDER. More than 40 percent of those who signed up for private insurance are over the age of 55.
RUBIO INTRODUCES BILL TO PREVENT OBAMACARE 'BAILOUT.' The senator's bill to eliminate risk corridors would have disastrous effects on the health exchanges. Meanwhile, Obama already told insurance companies assistance would be limited.
WILL THE SENATE GOP LOSE ITS LEADER OVER OBAMACARE? Mitch McConnell is leading the charge against the Affordable Care Act and jeopardizing his base in Kentucky, an Obamacare success state.
MICHELE BACHMANN WEIGHING OBAMACARE LAWSUIT. She says Obama's proposed administrative fix for health insurance plan cancellations should have come legislatively, and is a Constitutional violation.
THE BOTCHED ROLLOUT OF OBAMACARE IS LIKE…The big difference between the debut of the president's health care website and every disaster to which it's been compared.
OBAMA: OBAMACARE REALLY IS MORE THAN A WEBSITE. The president cited better deals on employer coverage, young people staying on their parents' plans, and lower prescription-drug prices for seniors.
INSURER BACKING AWAY FROM ADVERTISING OBAMACARE OFFERINGS. The CEO of WellPoint said the company has pulled back from marketing because of the problems with HealthCare.gov.
WHITE HOUSE, GOP GOVERNORS AGREE ON INSURANCE CANCELLATION 'FIX.' Meanwhile, opposition to the 'fix' has come from the law's strongest supporters.
WISCONSIN GOVERNOR PLANS MEDICAID MOVE. Republican Gov. Scott Walker opposes Medicaid expansion, but wants to transfer individuals to the insurance exchanges.
SOME CONGRESSIONAL STAFF HAVING AN EASY TIME ON OBAMACARE SITE. Lawmakers and aides are getting firsthand experience enrolling through the exchanges.
HOUSE EXTENDS FEDERAL AIDS PROGRAMS. The legislation will extend federal programs and funding for HIV/AIDS around the world for five years.
OBAMA TO MEET WITH STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS. They will meet Wednesday to discuss ACA implementation and the recent insurance cancellation 'fix.'
SCOTUS DENIES REQUEST TO BLOCK TEXAS ABORTION LAW. The Court will not consider the strict new abortion law.
SENATE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE HEARING. A 10 a.m. review of the Affordable Care Act implementation. (Note: the small business exchange still has not launched.)
HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HEARING. A 2 p.m. examination of public health legislation for local communities.