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Obama agenda: 'Crisis of confidence'?

National Journal: “At a hearing Thursday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said Obamacare has created ‘a crisis of confidence’ among consumers who are receiving notices about plan cancellations and unable to obtain new coverage on the federal-exchange website. ‘I'm going to be blunt, because I really want this to be a success,’ Mikulski said. ‘I think it's very confusing about where you go. People don't know. They really, really don't know.’”

More: “CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified at the Senate Heath, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing. She acknowledged the plan cancellations and said CMS is working on an action plan to reach out to those Americans so that they know about new options on the exchange. ‘Some 5 percent of Americans have received notices from their insurance companies suggesting that their plans will no longer exist,’ Tavenner said in her opening remarks. ‘These consumers do have a choice, they can shop for another plan from their insurer or they can shop on the new health-insurance marketplace.’ But her words did not assuage the concerns of Republicans, who said though they disliked the new insurance program altogether, they were more worried about people who didn't get to keep the plans they liked.”

Los Angeles Times: "The flawed launch of the new online marketplaces has forced Obama to spend time defending the insurance exchanges rather than selling them to a skeptical public, as he had planned. More than a month into the rollout, he has few bright spots to highlight and one big gaping hole to avoid: The website he planned to sell with the zeal of a late-night infomercial pitchman does not work properly. That puts the White House in change-up mode. The president has shifted how he talks about the law, arguing that it's "more than a website" and focusing on benefits that are not yet easily accessible."