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Congress: Once the website is fixed, then what?

National Journal: “Senate hearings this week showed both parties shifting their Obamacare narratives beyond the rocky rollout of the enrollment website to how the law itself will work more broadly. … Democrats expressing confidence that the website will be fixed is not surprising, but Republicans are notably assuming the same.” More: “Both sides remain concerned, but in the grand scheme, two months of website problems—assuming it is running successfully by the end of November—are less important than how the law operates once the website is no longer standing in its way.”

NJ Daily adds: “Beating up on Obamacare is the easy part. But eventually, many Republicans acknowledge, the website will be fixed, new enrollees will spike, cancellation letters will cease, and the sting of the Affordable Care Act's ugly implementation will fade. At some point, Republicans will have to address the one Democratic rebuttal that cuts deepest: What is the Republican alternative?”

Norm Ornstein: “If the other two D.C. Circuit nominees are filibustered and blocked, I would support Harry Reid's move to change the rules now, to move from a 60-vote requirement to stop debate and vote to a 40-vote requirement to continue debate. The argument that if he does so, Republicans will do the same thing when they take the White House and Senate is a bad one: Can anyone doubt that McConnell would blow up the filibuster rule in a nanosecond if he had the ability to fill all courts with radical conservatives like Janice Rogers Brown for decades to come? I hope it does not come to this—and that the problem solvers in the Senate keep their titles, preserve their institution, and stop the filibuster madness.”

Speaking of filibusters, National Journal: “Gillibrand Anticipates Filibuster Threat Over Military Sexual-Assault Amendment.”

“Should eliminating special tax write-offs for NASCAR racetracks, federal rum rebates to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and similar breaks for Hollywood movie and TV producers, mining companies, railroads, and other special interests emerge as part of a solution to a budget deal?” National Journal asks. “Some lawmakers and budget experts are saying yes—and the timing now might be right.”

The Hill: “House Republican leaders announced Wednesday the lower chamber will vote next week on a bill that would allow people to keep their health insurance plan if they like it. The vote hits at President Obama, who, during the debate over the Affordable Care Act, said people could keep their healthcare plans if they like them. Several people, however, have gotten cancelation notices because of ObamaCare's new standards.”