Obamacare Exchanges Enroll Less Than 50K, Goal Was 800K by Now

Nov 12, 2013, 9:53 am EDT

An initial estimate of the enrollment numbers for President Barack Obama’s new health insurance exchanges is out … and they aren’t good.

According to Avalere Health, 12 state-run insurance exchanges have managed to enroll just about 49,100 people between their launch on  Oct. 1. and Nov. 10. That’s a fraction of the 800,000 nationwide enrollments the Obama administration had expected during the first two months after the exchanges launched, Bloomberg notes.

Avalere’s data doesn’t include enrollment numbers from the federal website covering 36 states, or the state-run exchanges in Massachusetts, California and Oregon. Read 

Republican Senators Release DC Health Care Exchange Numbers

Nov 8, 2013, 4:29 pm EDT

While the official numbers for health insurance registrations through HealthCare.gov have not been released, everyone pretty much agrees the numbers will be low.

A clue as to how low they might be emerged today, when Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Chuck Grassley of Iowa released the registration numbers for the D.C exchange.

How many people in D.C. have registered for health insurance through HealthCare.gov? Just five. Read 

Tax Refund Identity Theft Is a ‘Growing Epidemic’

Nov 8, 2013, 1:42 pm EDT

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), a U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) watchdog, has described tax refund identity theft as “a growing epidemic.”

According to TIGTA, more Americans had their identities stolen in tax refund crimes during the first half of 2013 than in all of 2012. The watchdog group says that about 1.6 million Americans had their identities stolen in the first half of this year. This is up from the 1.2 million stolen during 2012. TIGTA also says that while the number of identify theft claims have risen, the government has lost less money to these crimes in the past few years. Potential fraudulent tax refunds were the cause of the government losing $3.6 billion in 2011. This is down from 2010, when the government lost $5.2 billion to these types of crimes. More and more identity thieves are starting to work from outside the country and the IRS claims that these “scammers” are using “constantly evolving tactics” to commit identity theft, reports Reuters.

The IRS has a team of 3,000 employees that work on identity theft issues. Read 

Obama Apologizes for Health Care Cancellations

Nov 8, 2013, 12:30 pm EDT

President Barack Obama, apologized on Thursday, to Americans who have lost their health care plans due to Obamacare.

Obama went on to say that he currently has his staff working to find an administrative fix to the issue. According to one White House official, the President’s team has been working to find such a fix since last month. The issue of losing health care applies to some 12 million to 15 million Americans who purchase their insurance on the individual market. It is estimated that roughly half of these Americans are seeing adverse affects due to Obamacare. Obama has repeatedly told Americans in the past that they could keep their health insurance it they liked it and that Obamacare would not get in the way of that. The loss of health insurance plans has created a new way for Republicans to attack the President’s Affordable Care Act. Obama’s approval rating dropped below 40% for the first time in two years on Tuesday, reports the Washington Post.

New York Magazine has created a video that highlights President Obama promising Americans on several different occasions that they can keep their health insurance it they like it. That video can be seen by clicking here. Read 

GOP Group Wants to Impeach Eric Holder by Year’s End

Nov 7, 2013, 1:36 pm EDT

A GOP group wants to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder by the end of the year.

According to Rep. Ted Yoho’s (R-Fla.) chief of staff, the congressman wants Holder removed from office for several of reasons. One of these reason is the Fast and Furious sting operation that resulted in Mexican drug cartels obtaining weapons from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ agents. One of the weapons from this sting operation was found at a scene where a Border Patrol agent was killed. Yoho said that he plans to meet with John Boehner (R-Ohio) to discuss the issue. Boehner is the current House Speaker and he can decide if the issue will be brought up or not. The house can move to impeach a cabinet member, but it has only been done once before when Secretary of War William Belknap was impeached in 1876 for corruption allegations, reports the Huffington Post.

Yoho has previously suggested that President Barrack Obama wasn’t born in the United States and that an unprecedented default would would do the world’s economy good, reports Mother Jones. Read 

Time Magazine Asks for Controversy With New Chris Christie Cover

Nov 7, 2013, 1:35 pm EDT

No one will be surprised if Chris Christie is re-elected as governor of New Jersey but he could be due for bigger things if he continues to play his cards right.

NJ.com reports that Time put Christie on the cover of the magazine’s latest issue which focuses on how he could become the next Republican president. The governor has become increasingly popular and many are backing him to become the next GOP presidential candidate.

Time’s cover story said that Christie — who considers himself to be a true conservative – “has run the Garden State with combustible passion, blunt talk and the kind of bipartisan deal-making that no one seems to do anymore.” Additionally, many Hispanic and African American voters are starting to back up Christie which could be key in his presidential campaign. Read 

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