Obamacare enrollments soaring, hope on Iran, filibuster-Nuking… what a week

@petesouza: Pres Obama w John Kerry, Susan Rice and Phil Gordon in the Oval Office today


Al Jazeera: Kerry Geneva-bound as Iran nuclear deal inches closer

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading for Geneva to join talks on Iran’s nuclear program, and several other foreign ministers are on their way as well, in an indication that ongoing negotiations between Tehran and six world powers may be closer to finalizing an interim agreement.

The State Department announced Kerry’s trip after diplomats in the Swiss city said a major sticking point in negotiations on an agreement – under which Tehran would curb its contested atomic activities – may have been overcome. Negotiators have been working since Wednesday to find language acceptable to Iran and its six negotiating partners.

Kerry will head to Geneva “with the goal of continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

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ThinkProgress: You Probably Didn’t Hear About The Most Important Health Care News This Week

On Wednesday, the new head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers released a bombshell report finding that U.S. health care spending since 2010 has increased by just 1.3 percent — the smallest cost growth over a three-year period in American history — while prices in the health care sector rose by 50-year lows, thanks in part to structural changes made by the Affordable Care Act. But most media outlets ignored that story, instead choosing to focus on ongoing glitches with the Healthcare.gov website.

According to a ThinkProgress analysis, English-language online and print media published about ten times as many pieces on the troubles with the Obamacare site than they did on the new health care spending report….

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TPM: Admin To Launch ‘Direct Enrollment’ Obamacare Pilots In Three States

The Obama administration is launching a pilot program in Florida, Ohio, and Texas that will allow insurance companies to sign people up for coverage under Obamacare directly and forgo HealthCare.gov.

The administration has been considering the process, known as “direct enrollment,” for some time.

“This is one more way we are working to offer consumers a variety of ways to enroll in affordable coverage. Direct enrollment is one more option,” Julie Bataille, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services, wrote in a blog post Friday announcing the program. “By strengthening the multiple channels to enroll in quality, affordable coverage through the Marketplace, we are ensuring that every American who wants it can gain access to these new coverage options.”

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ThinkProgress: Vice President Biden Visits Immigration Activists On 11th Day Of Fast

On Friday morning, Vice President Joseph Biden stopped by the “Fast for Families” tent pitched on the National Mall to pray with faith leaders and immigration activists who are fasting as a way to pressure House Republicans to advance immigration reform legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship. Three core fasters, Eliseo Medina, Cristian Avila, and Dae Joong Yoon, are going into their eleventh day of fasting — they will continue to fast until they are medically advised to stop. The movement has spread across the nation with numerous activists fasting in solidarity and then sometimes marching to the offices of elected officials.

Biden said to the fasters, “What you’re doing here is to bring attention to what’s morally right and attention to a community that is already American.” He also said, “We will win this. As my father always says, come hell or high water.”

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51 Responses to “Obamacare enrollments soaring, hope on Iran, filibuster-Nuking… what a week”

  1. November 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Without doubt ….

    …. the re-election of Barack Obama is a real pain for the #NEOCONSTERS …


  2. November 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    “There are times when music can seem a solitary experience. That goes for the listener, sectioned-off from the world in headphones or listening solo and glorying in “their” music through speakers. It also goes for performers, so often portrayed as ego-driven – and indeed some soloists can only survive the nerves, the lonely travelling life and the terrifying exposure through an assertion of ego. In a cacophonous age, the choice of music can define and anchor the individual. But there are times, of collective crisis or celebration, when music can remind us what a society is. And on Friday November 22, 1963, at the top of a concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra that happened to also be a WGBH radio broadcast and so was captured for posterity, the BSO’s revered music director Erich Leinsdorf broke some unimaginable news to a crowded symphony hall………..

  3. 14 Nena20409
    November 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    HF2 and TODable Doc, Bobfr Love both of your Tweet Pics.

    Gold ❗ Gold ❗ Gold ❗

    Congrats to the both of YOU

  4. November 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    …..On the weekend of Nov. 9, Reid enlisted his top lieutenants, Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois, to help take the caucus’ temperature. But after several weeks of counting votes, Reid was still encountering skepticism even among his confidants as late as Monday evening. He bucked up his troops ahead of the hugely controversial move.

    “This is the right thing to do,” Reid told one of his closest advisers. “If I don’t do this, I might as well just walk away.” As some of his fellow Democratic senators remained on the fence, Reid called in a heavy hitter to close the deal: President Barack Obama…..

  5. 18 amk for obama
    November 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  6. 25 utaustinliberal
    November 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the info ITgurl24. I found other pictures too. The woman is a breath of fresh air.

  7. 27 carolyn
    November 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I believe that the world was just waiting for the team of Obama and Kerry, even though it didn’t know it. President Obama has a long, healthy vision for the world, and SOS Kerry has the same vision, I believe. They do not let their egos get in the way of the work, or the goal. The goal is more important than the credit or headlines. Wouldn’t it be grand if some others we hear all the time felt that way!!!

  8. November 22, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  9. November 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

  10. November 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Please do take time to thank Senator Reid and President Obama – they are an amazing force for DEMOCRACY!!!

    • 40 nathkatun7
      November 23, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Thanks Bobfr! I am a great admirer of Sen. Reid. I have known him and his quiet tenaciousness since he was Governor of Nevada. No one knows the archaic U.S. Senate rules as much as Sen. Reid. I trust his judgement.

  11. November 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  12. 43 nospin
    November 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    This Woman State GOP Chair Is Paid $20K Less Than Her Male Predecessor

    Susan Hutchinson, the chair of the Washington state Republican party, earns $20,000 less than her male predecessor, and her request for equal pay has kicked off an ugly internal spat among state GOP leaders.

    The Washington GOP executive committee voted to cut the party chair’s salary from $95,000 to about $75,000 in August, shortly before Hutchinson was elected to the position. But in an internal memo to the committee, Hutchinson said that the vote violated the party’s bylaws and could be seen as “discriminatory and vindictive.” “The pay cut defies the concept of equal pay for equal work, playing into the ‘war on women’ narrative against Republicans,” she wrote.

    Prior to sending the memo, Hutchinson met with the committee and asked them to raise her salary to match that of her predecessor, Kirby Wilbur. But, according to the memo, her request was denied. http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/11/state-gop-chair-paid-20k-less-her-male-predecessor-demands-raise-citing-war-women

  13. 47 amk for obama
    November 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Seven leading Islamist rebel groups in Syria say they are joining forces.

    A statement posted online said Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Suqour al-Sham, Liwa al-Tawhid, Liwa al-Haqq, Ansar al-Sham and the Kurdish Islamic Front had agreed to a “gradual merger”.

    It said the new Islamic Front will be an “independent political, military and social formation” to topple the Assad regime and build an Islamic state.


    Mr Lister said the Islamic Front would better represent forces on the ground and so undermine the exiled leadership of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.

    The front may also challenge the growing influence of the two al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist rebel groups, the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), although they have co-operated with some of its component groups in the past.


    It’s all complicated s**t down there.

  14. 48 nospin
    November 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm


    The Republican party in Michigan has called upon Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) to help kick off its effort to lure black Democratic voters in Detroit into the conservative fold. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to headline the official opening of a new outreach center in Detroit, named the “African American Engagement Office.” Josh Pugh, communications director for the Michigan Democratic Party, questioned the GOP’s plan to attract African-American voters in Michigan in a statement to The Huffington Post.

    “After Lansing Republicans’ crusade to make it harder for African-Americans to vote, the GOP’s campaign to prevent millions of uninsured black Americans from accessing affordable health care, and Republican Gov. Snyder’s Emergency Manager law, ensuring that over half of black Michiganders no longer have the right to elect their local government,” he wrote, “the GOP has repeatedly proven they are so far out of touch, they can’t even see it.” http://www.eurweb.com/2013/11/rand-paul-to-help-launch-gops-african-american-engagement-office/

  15. 51 amk for obama
    November 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Voter apathy problem in Indian cities vs voter enthusiasm in rural areas.


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