Oct 22, 2013, 1:48 pm EDT
Beverly Young — Rep. C. W. Bill Young’s widows — warned former Florida governor Charlie Crist to stay away from her deceased husband’s memorial service.
USA Today reports that Young sent an email to Crist telling him that his attendance at the funeral would be unacceptable. She added that she has “watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don’t want my husband’s memorial service to be another opportunity for that, and I will not tolerate anyone turning this into a platform for political gain.”
Bill Young was the longest-serving House Republican before passing away on Friday at age 82. Crist has yet to respond publicly to Young’s message. Read
Oct 22, 2013, 1:36 pm EDT
Sen. Marco Rubio is proposing a law that would delay the individual mandate under Obamacare due to the technical glitches on the Affordable Care Act website.
Politico reports that Rubio is introducing the legislation because the glitches have made it impossible for some people to sign up for Obamacare and he wants to ensure that these people are not punished later by the IRS. Rubio said that the law “basically delays that requirement until the [Government Accountability] Office has certified that it’s been up and running and effectively working for six months consecutive. I think that’s a prudent approach given the problems that it’s facing by the White House’s own admission.”
The Senator also slammed the proposed solution for the technical glitches due to the lack of transparency in Obama’s plans. He said that we don’t know who is going to fix these technical glitches, how they’re going to do it or how far these tech experts have gone to fix the Obamacare glitches. Read
Oct 21, 2013, 10:08 am EDT
Recently-elected U.S. Senator Cory Booker presided over some of the first same-sex marriages in New Jersey just after midnight on Monday.
Nine couples were married at city hall in Newark, where Booker is mayor, last night. The marriages came in the wake of a ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which on Friday refused a request from the state government to delay a lower court’s decision that would make gay marriage legal in the state starting on Monday, the Associated Press noted.
Last year, the state legislature passed a law that would have okayed gay marriage in New Jersey. However, Republican Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill. Read
Oct 18, 2013, 4:32 pm EDT
Allergy-relieving epinephrine pens are sweeping schools around the nation following a series of allergic reactions that have resulted in tragedies.
ABC reports that 15 new states have passed laws that allow schools to stock epinephrine pens in case a students suffers an unexpected allergic reaction. This could be a result of the law passed by the House of Representatives in July that gives preference to schools that carry epinephrine pens when applying for asthma grants.
Here are the 27 states that stock epinephrine at school: Read
Oct 18, 2013, 10:34 am EDT
Obamacare exchanges are sending erroneous data to insurers.
Health insurers are reporting that Obamacare is sending flawed data to them that includes: duplicate enrollments, spouses reported as children, missing data fields and suspect eligibility determinations. The flawed data is making it difficult for insurers to handle the small amount of people that have been able to sign up for health insurance. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska had to hire temporary employees to called new customers so that it could sort out the mistakes in their insurance plans and Medical Mutual of Ohio claims that it had one customer that signed up for three different plans, reports Market Watch.
Obamacare has been experiencing glitches and errors since it launched, but the White House has assured the public that it is fixing these problems. The glitches with the Obamacare website have been bad enough that no one in Hawaii was able to sign up for insurance as of Oct. 11 and very few people were able to sign up in other states. Read
Oct 18, 2013, 9:17 am EDT
Sources tell the Washington Post that President Barack Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson to replace Janet Napolitano as the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Johnson most recently served as the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he played a crucial role in a number of national security decisions, including U.S. military action in Libya and drone strikes against members of al-Qaeda overseas.
If he is confirmed as head of DHS, Johnson will take the reins of a department that manages 22 separate agencies employing 240,000 workers, coordinating disaster response, cybersecurity and border controls, among an array of other functions. Read