President Obama talks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, Jan. 13, 2014.(Photo by Pete Souza)
11:0: The President holds a Cabinet Meeting; the Vice President also attends
1:15: Jay Carney briefs the press
2:55: The President honors the 2013 NBA Champions Miami Heat
3:30: The President meets with the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association
4:45: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel
5:30: The President meets with Maria Shriver to discuss the Shriver Report
The Week Ahead:
Wednesday: The President will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, for an event on the economy
Thursday: The President and First Lady will host an event at the White House on expanding college opportunity
Friday: The President will make remarks about the outcome of the review that he has led on the issue of signal intelligence
WH.gov: In the States: Affordable Care Act Enrollment “Soars,” “Spikes,” “Surges” and “Takes Off”
For the first time today, as part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ regular reporting on enrollment in private health care plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, the department released demographic information on the enrollees, including breakdowns by age.
It’s fascinating and important stuff. But we were also struck by the way in which local press stepped back and saw the even bigger story – that day after day, month after month, more and more of our friends and neighbors in every part of the country are getting the security and peace of mind of affordable coverage. Reading the headlines below, it was a bright, shining reminder of one of the big reasons the President fought so hard to pass the Affordable Care Act in the first place.
- Associated Press: “Health care enrollment spikes in Utah in December”
- Detroit Free Press: “Health insurance enrollment takes off in Michigan, nation for coverage under ACA”
- Detroit News: “Feds: Michigan experiences 11-fold increase in health care sign-ups”
- MLive: “Obamacare signups in Michigan spike in December; see demographic breakdown”
- Sun-Sentinel: “Obamacare enrollment gains traction in Florida”
- Stevens Point Journal: “Obamacare enrollment soars in Wisconsin”
- Palm Beach Post: “Florida’s Obamacare enrollment surges, as does the nation’s”
- Albuquerque Business First: “New Mexico’s Healthcare.gov enrollment soars”
- Bellingham Herald: “Wash. one of top states in health care enrollment”
- WSFA: “More Alabamians signing up for health insurance”
- Capital New York: “Strong Obamacare numbers from NY exchange director”
- Gannett: “More Hoosiers joined health exchange in December”
- Des Moines Register: “7,500 Iowans have signed up for private insurance on healthcare.gov, compared to 757 a month ago”
- The Gazette: “Colorado health insurance enrollments continue at steady pace”
- WRAL: “North Carolina fifth nationally in enrollment under health law”
- Boise State Public Radio: “Idaho’s Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Increases 1,000 Percent”
- WLTX: “Health Insurance Enrollment Spikes in South Carolina”
- Billings Gazette: “Montana sign-ups for Obamacare policies surge in December”
Chicago Tribune: Obamacare enrollment surges in December
Just more than 61,000 Illinoisans selected new health insurance polices created under President Barack Obama’s health care law through Dec. 28, as a December surge in enrollment helped the marketplaces recover from a disastrous Oct. 1 launch.
The Illinois enrollments are up nearly ninefold from November, when a little more than 7,000 selected policies, according to federal data released Monday. Nationwide, nearly 2.2 million selected a plan through Dec. 28, with the vast majority coming in December.
KEY: Young & healthy enrollees may be enrolling in Obamacare plans at a faster rate than they did in MA: http://t.co/sbDWjaaj1P
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) January 13, 2014
Progress Texas: Nearly Half a Million Texans Apply For Coverage Through ACA
New numbers on ACA enrollment are out, and nearly half a million Texans have applied for coverage through the federal exchange. The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show us that:
457,382 total Texans who applied for coverage through completed applications
390,658 Texans have been found eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan
Over 47,000 have been found eligible to enroll in the state’s existing Medicaid or
Ed Espinoza, Executive Director of Progress Texas, released the following statement:
Twelve weeks of ACA has done more to help Texans without health care than Rick Perry has done in twelve years as Governor.
— NYT Graphics (@nytgraphics) January 13, 2014
How you know the new Obamacare numbers are not half bad. Fox News chyron casts them as “hazy.”
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) January 14, 2014
Steve Benen: So long, IRS ‘scandal’
Last spring, the IRS “scandal” was all the rage. The White House’s detractors and much of the Beltway media was quite certain the story was Watergate, Iran-Contra, Teapot Dome, Abscam, all rolled into one mega-scandal.
And then it all collapsed. The tax agency didn’t single out conservatives for unfair scrutiny; there was no conspiracy; and the news organizations that were obsessed with the story when it looked bad completely lost interest when it looked meaningless. The smoking gun was a water pistol, and the political world moved on past the discredited allegations.
All the while, lingering in the background, was an FBI probe, with federal law enforcement investigating to determine if any laws were broken. Care to guess how that turned out?
TPM: NY Post Columnist Ripped For Dubbing Newtown A ‘Little Convenient Massacre’
Longtime New York Post columnist Fred Dicker came under fire from gun control advocates Monday for referring to the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting as a “little convenient massacre.”
Dicker made the comment on his radio show while discussing New York’s SAFE Act, a package of strict gun control legislation that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed into law about a month after the September 2012 shooting. Dicker said Cuomo had promised not to pass anti-gun legislation, “but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Conn. and all the sudden there was an opportunity for him.”
MoooOOOooorning – ran out of time again :-( Will try to catch up with more news later. Happy Tuesday!