Coach Obama Turns to Sports to Explain Health Care ‘Fumble’

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_675eb491b4.jpgThe White House (WASHINGTON) -- As he fielded questions about the troubled opening weeks of Obamacare during a tense, 50-minute press conference on Thursday, President Obama turned to a subject that he thinks resonates with the American people: Sports. “We fumbled the rollout on this health care law,” the president said bluntly, but added, “the game is not over.”

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GOP Piles on Alarming Health Care Figures

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_68647bb05c.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Reaction by Republicans Wednesday to the dismal number of the enrollees in the Affordable Care Act was swift and predictably brutal. With news from the administration that just over 106,000 Americans picked a health insurance plan, House Speaker John Boehner remarked, "It is a rolling calamity that must be scrapped." Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell commented that the numbers will be "cold comfort for the millions who've lost the coverage they liked and the millions more facing higher premiums."

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House Dems Demand Obama Take Action on Affordable Care Act

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_b60a87e197.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- In spite of White House assurances that problems with the HealthCare.gov website will soon be rectified, House Democrats want President Obama to immediately restore his promise that Americans who are happy with their health insurance plans can keep them. Democratic lawmakers reportedly had heated words Wednesday with senior administration officials about the disastrous rollout of the health care exchange, saying many of their constituents are unhappy after receiving cancellations of their current medical plans.

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Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage in Hawaii

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_abe8d8b562.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (HONOLULU) -- Gay marriage is now legal in Hawaii. The Aloha State's Democratic governor has signed a bill into law that will allow same-sex couples to marry there. In front of supporters, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the legislation into law, making Hawaii the 15th state to legalize gay marriage. "Today, now, all those who have been invisible will be visible to themselves and the whole world," Abercrombie said Wednesday before signing the bill.

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Budget Conferees No Closer to Avoiding Second Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_25f3975e51.jpg (WASHINGTON) -- The bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the “budget conference committee” said they have made little progress on a long-term budget deal to help avoid another government shutdown. During the group’s second meeting Wednesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., acknowledged that both sides have differences of opinion on how to deal with the budget issue but said each meeting and discussion moves the conversation forward.

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