Nov 27, 2013, 12:59 pm EDT
A recent poll show that Americans are mixed on Obamacare.
The poll, which was conducted by ORC International for CNN, shows that roughly 60% of Americans oppose Obamacare. 41% of the 843 Americans that were questioned about Obamacare believe that the law is too liberal. However, 14% of Americans think that the law isn’t liberal enough, reports CNN.
According to CNN’s poll, 53% of Americans believe its too soon to tell if Obamacare has failed, while 40% say that it’s a failure. Read
Nov 26, 2013, 3:01 pm EDT
A study claims that the U.S. is emitting more methane than what the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has reported.
According to the study, the United States emitted 49 million tons of methane into the air in 2008. This is more than the 32 million tons of methane that the EPA had estimated. This could mean that methane is a larger contributor to global warming than scientist previously thought. Methane doesn’t stay in the air as long as carbon dioxide does, but it is 21 times better at snaring heat than carbon dioxide, reports Yahoo.
The study used measurements from almost 13,000 airplanes and tall buildings to assemble its data. It found that one-fourth of the methane emissions in the United States are coming from three states in particular: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The information for the study was collected in 2008 and researchers have yet to examine their data from 2012, Yahoo notes. Read
Nov 26, 2013, 1:39 pm EDT
As the Obamacare website continues to have technological problems, an unlikely source reached out to the Obama administration for help.
CNBC reports that Vice President of Pornhub.com Corey Price wrote an open letter to those in charge of the Obamacare website offering assistance. “On behalf of our company, I’d like to extend an offer to the Obama administration to help fix the U.S. health insurance exchange website,” Price said. “Pornhub.com believes its staff of talented engineers can help prepare the Obama administration to accommodate millions of concurrent users to avoid future ‘tech surges.’”
The Obama administration was not amused by Price’s proposition, saying that accepting his offer would be “inappropriate and something we would not be interested in doing.” Read
Nov 26, 2013, 1:21 pm EDT
The National Security Agency’s (NSA) Internet surveillance could be putting American technology companies at risk of losing a lot of money.
Bloomberg reports that U.S. companies could lose up to $35 billion in revenue by 2016 due to spying abroad, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. The Washington-based policy research group also found that Internet freedom could suffer a setback due to the internet surveillance conducted by the NSA.
A senior fellow at the New America Foundation — another Washington policy group — said that “the potential fallout is pretty huge given how much our economy depends on the information economy for its growth.” Large companies such as Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) could also suffer from any ensuing setbacks. Read
Nov 26, 2013, 10:18 am EDT
Next year’s midterm congressional elections could be a tougher fight for Democrats due to fallout from the botched launch of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new poll form CNN/ORC International.
A CNN poll taken last month — as Republicans struggled to recover from the government shutdown — showed Democrats with a eight-point advantage over the GOP among registered voters, who preferred generic Democrats to Republicans 50% to 42%. In a poll conducted last week, however, the GOP enjoyed a slight 49%-to-47% lead over Democrats in the generic ballot, CNN notes.
In the time between the two polls, the public’s attention turned from the government’s budget battle to the glitch-plagued launch of the health insurance exchanges that are the most visible part of Obamacare. The President was also forced to backtrack on public pronouncements that Americans would be able to keep insurance plans they liked after a wave of cancellations mandated by requirements of the ACA. Read
Nov 25, 2013, 7:54 pm EDT
After the public drubbing President Barack Obama has been dealt over the disastrous HealthCare.gov roll-out, it only makes sense that the president would try to move away from the increasingly unpopular Affordable Care Act. His attempt to shift the debate from health care to immigration reform, however, hasn’t been smooth sailing.
In a speech today given at a recreation center serving a large number of Chinese-Americans in San Francisco, Obama argued once again for comprehensive immigration reform. However, his pitch was interrupted by protestors who said the president hadn’t done enough to stop deportations of undocumented immigrants.
One protestor, a 24-year-old student at San Francisco State University named Ju Hong, said Obama’s policies made it impossible for him to see his family overseas. Read