Los Angeles Times: "A year after his reelection triumph, President Obama is facing an awkward question from friends and foes alike: Why can't he run the government as well as he ran his campaign? What with the IRS targeting of tea party groups; the poor security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya; the eavesdropping on close allies; and the botched rollout of the landmark healthcare law, Obama increasingly seems to be battling top-level management failures as much as policy or political problems."
Wall Street Journal: "Problems with the government's health-care website are forcing President Barack Obama to redraw his plans for the rest of the year as he looks for ways to regain political momentum. Scrapping a planned push to drive people to the balky website, the White House is organizing a flurry of events on the economy and immigration, as well as health care, a senior administration official said."
AP: “The White House says enrollment numbers for the first months of new health care exchanges won’t be very high. The Obama administration has refused to provide figures for how many people have signed up for insurance since the exchanges opened Oct. 1. But it plans to release numbers monthly starting in mid-November.”
Washington Post: "Americans who face higher insurance costs under President Obama’s health-care law are angrily complaining about “sticker shock,” threatening to become a new political force opposing the law even as the White House struggles to convince other consumers that they will benefit from it."
New York Times: "Millions of people could qualify for federal subsidies that will pay the entire monthly cost of some health care plans being offered in the online marketplaces set up under President Obama’s health care law, a surprising figure that has not garnered much attention, in part because the zero-premium plans come with serious trade-offs."
Mitt Romney accused President Obama of "fundamental dishonesty" on his health-care law on Meet the Press and said that it has “put in peril the whole foundation of his second term.”
(But remember this TV ad from Romney a year ago? It won Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” in 2012.)
“U.S. military and intelligence agencies improperly required doctors and health professionals to participate in ‘cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment and torture of detainees,’ an independent panel has found,” National Journal writes. “The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers concludes that at the request of the Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, physicians performed acts that defied their medical ethics and practice, including participating in the abusive interrogation of detainees and force-feeding hunger strikers, following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”
Politico: “Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is slamming the NSA for possibly using the company’s data centers as well as people’s phone records, even questioning the legality of the spy agency’s conduct.”
First published November 4 2013, 6:04 AM