Lisa Stiffler, Seattle Times
"State lawmakers on Tuesday voiced their continued frustration with the technical problems still afflicting the Washington Healthplanfinder insurance exchange.
On Saturday, the first day of enrollment for the second round of insurance signups on the exchange, the site was live for only a couple of hours before a technical error was discovered and the exchange was taken offline for repairs. Meanwhile, first-round problems involving the transfer of payment information from the exchange to insurance companies have not been corrected, despite assurances they would be fixed by now."
Lynn Bonner, Raleigh News and Observer
"Any plan Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration presents for expanding Medicaid would have a tough time getting through the state legislature.
A key House member said Tuesday it would probably be premature to consider expanding Medicaid next year with the future of the federal health care law uncertain."
Kate Scanlon, The Daily Signal
"Support for Obamacare has reached a new low.
According to a new Gallup poll, only 37 percent of Americans approve of the president’s signature law, its lowest approval rating ever.
Additionally, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the law, its highest disapproval rate."
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal
"Melissa Francis, a financial reporter on Fox Business, knows dollars and cents. But after trying to explain the dollars and cents of the Affordable Care Act to the audience tuned in to her former employer, CNBC, Francis says, she faced criticism from network executives.
While at CNBC, Francis said on “Fox & Friends,” she pointed out several flaws in the health care law. Among them: Americans would be kicked off their existing insurance plans and the cost of premiums would rise, because “the math of Obamacare simply didn’t work.”
Sarah Hurtubise, The Daily Caller
"Speaker of the House John Boehner has hired Jonathan Turley, a renowned liberal law professor, as his lead counsel in the House’s lawsuit against the Obama administration’s delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate.
Turley is a law professor at the George Washington University, frequent legal commentator and self-avowed liberal. He may be the perfect pick for House Republicans — Turley is not only a liberal, but is friendly toward Obamacare itself, according to his writings. But he’s vociferously pushed back against President Obama’s generous use of executive action in the past and has hit the administration for its implementation of the health-care law and he said he jumped at the chance to represent House Republicans."
Lesley Clark, McClatchey
"The White House looked to distance itself Thursday from critical remarks made by one of the architects of President Barack Obama’s health care law, who suggested the law benefited from a lack of transparency and the ignorance of the American voter.
In videos that have surfaced, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber has been quoted as saying the “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage," in seeing the complicated law passed. "Call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever,” he said in the video from a conference in 2013. “But basically, that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass. I wish we could make it all transparent. But I'd rather have this law than not.""
J.D. Harrison, Washington Post
"Small-business enrollment on new insurance marketplaces set up under the president’s health-care law has fallen well short of the administration’s expectations, according to government report released Thursday."
Paige Winfield Cunningham, Politico
"Nobody much cared how much credit Jonathan Gruber took for Obamacare — until now.
Once videos surfaced in which the MIT economist talked about the public’s “stupidity,” his claims suddenly matter a lot.
Conservatives are using the controversy — not the first involving the high-profile health care expert and Obamacare comic book author — to show that Democrats knew the law was terrible all along."
Greg Hengler, Townhall
Guy Benson, Townhall
"As Bob Laszewski so aptly explained over the summer, there are reasons why the White House delayed the 2015 Obamacare enrollment period until after the midterm elections. CBS News summarizes several of the unhappy developments consumers will encounter in the coming days and weeks:"