The Hill: Reid Won't Rule Out Filibuster Elimination
On ObamaCare, Reid defended the new law, even though he criticized the initial rollout by the Obama administration as “awful.” Citing a recent conversation with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Reid said the enrollment numbers for the insurance exchanges would be “staggering” come April 1, when the six-month sign-up period ends. “It’s already working,” he said of the law (Berman, 1/5).
Politico: Romney Slams Obamacare
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday bashed President Barack Obama's previous promises about citizens keeping their insurance if they like it under the new health care law, calling such a pledge "deceptive." "This is at the heart of the president's deception and dishonesty," ... Romney said of his 2012 presidential opponent, speaking on" Fox News Sunday." (Glueck, 1/5).
ABC News: Sen. Rand Paul Says Obamacare ‘A Mess,’ Unsure if Family is Covered
Democrats have pointed to Kentucky’s state health exchange as an Obamacare success story, but Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said on “This Week” that the system is “a mess,” describing how his son was incorrectly enrolled in Medicaid, and saying he’s unsure if his own family is currently covered. “The other day I actually tried to get my son signed up through the Kentucky exchange, you know that the Democrats have said is so good. And I have here my son’s Medicaid card,” Paul told George Stephanopoulos Sunday, waving the card (Blaine, 1/5).
Politico: Sperling: 'No Magic Number' For Obamacare Enrollment
Top White House economic adviser Gene Sperling downplayed on Sunday a previous administration goal of enrolling 7 million people in Obamacare by the end of March. "There's no magic number," the director of the National Economic Council said on NBC's "Meet the Press" (Parti, 1/5).