President Barack Obama cried mea culpa Thursday for the problematic rollout of Obamacare and the cancellation of insurance policies he had assured millions of Americans they could keep if they liked when the new healthcare law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014.
"Well, first of all, I meant what I said. We worked hard to try to make sure we implemented it properly. Obviously, we didn't do a good enough job. I regret that. We are talking about five percent of the population who are in what's called the individual market," said Obama in the run-up to his apology in an exclusive interview with NBC News.
"They are out there buying health insurance on their own. Even though it only affects a small amount of the population, it means a lot to them, obviously, when they get this letter cancelled. You know, I am deeply concerned about it," he explained. more >>
Country music stars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley garnered a lot of laughs from the audience while hosting last night's Country Music Awards in Nashville, with one of their most popular skits mocking the efficiency of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act.
During their opening monologue, Paisley told Underwood that he was experiencing back pain, to which Underwood responded that he should sign up for Obamacare. When Paisley asked her to elaborate on what Obamacare was, Underwood quipped: "Oh, it's great! I started signing up last Thursday and I'm almost done!"
The two country music stars then sat down in front of a laptop on stage and pretended to access the Obamacare website, claiming that the laptop began smoking and the screen malfunctioning; ultimately, Underwood congratulated Paisley on "[joining] the six other people" who have successfully signed up for Obamacare. Since its rollout last month, the Obamacare website has been plagued with issues predominately regarding its inability to hold thousands of visitors on the website at one time. more >>
Sixteen Senate Democrats' meeting with President Barack Obama to reportedly complain about the problems with rolling out the Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as ObamaCare, on Wednesday is being called by one Republican strategist a "PR stunt" to convince constituents that they are holding the president accountable for his signature reform.
"After all this time carrying the president's water on ObamaCare, Senate Democrats are drowning in red states," Republican strategist Alice Stewart, host of the Alice Stewart Show, told The Christian Post in an interview on Thursday. "In my view the meeting yesterday was not about doing anything to fix healthcare.gov or delaying Obamacare," Stewart alleged. "It was a PR stunt on behalf of these Democratic Senators that they are trying to hold the president accountable."
Of the Senate Democrats who are up for re-election in 2014, only five did not attend the meeting. Senators Max Baucus (Montana), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia), and Tim Johnson (South Dakota) are retiring, while Senator Ed Markey (Massachusetts) also did not attend. more >>
Joshua DuBois, the former pastor-in-chief to President Barack Obama, has said in a recent interview that during his time serving as the head of the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the White House, he disagreed with the president most on one issue: the violation of religious liberty in Obamacare's contraceptive mandate.
DuBois recently said that President Obama's initial decision to not exempt religious institutions from providing birth control to their employees in the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, served as "a historic breach of relationship with the church, much bigger than this particular issue."
"One of the essays that I think was toughest for me to write - but I think was very important for me to talk about - was disagreement on the religious liberties issue," DuBois told TheBlaze in a recent interview regarding his recently-released book, The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama, that details the daily devotionals the pastor created for President Obama during his time working in the White House. more >>
In a move hailed by LGBT rights groups, the United States Senate has passed the 2013 version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The Senate voted on Thursday 64 to 32 in favor of passing the legislation, which if enacted would bar workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Tico Almeida, founder and president of the pro-gay organization Freedom to Work, said in a statement that the vote was a "historic step." more >>
President Obama will not attend ceremonies at Gettysburg later this month marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's immortal address. Thank goodness! Mr. Obama has been getting few kudos of late. His Gallup approval rating has slipped into the thirties. But in this, we can applaud his action.
It is entirely fitting and proper that he should do this. First of all, consider the expense. Mr. Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg in 1863 by rail. He took Ward Hill Lamon, a U.S. Marshal, with him. Mr. Obama would have to go by caravan with hundreds of staffers. Just think of the gas.
Second, consider the distraction. Mr. Obama has been busy selling ObamaCare and working "24/7" on the next rollout of the Healthcare.gov website. Lincoln had that matter of Lee's army to contend with, but he had no idea of the burdens that fall to our modern presidents. The president will be laboring to assure that the November 30th deadline for a fully functional website is met. more >>