Delay It; Obamacare’s Empty Promises Haunt The President; Sebelius’ Slide; Rand Paul To Block Yellen Nomination Unless Senate Votes To Audit The Fed; McCain And The Political Timing Of Immigration Reform – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 10-30-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • American voters overwhelmingly support a delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance, according to a portion of a new Republican poll shared with the Washington Examiner. Republican pollster Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies, in a survey conducted for the GOP group Crossroads GPS from Sunday through Tuesday, found that 70 percent of “registered voters” support delaying the individual mandate in the wake of problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Fifty-five percent said they “strongly favor” such a delay. Source: Washington Examiner…

 

  • Publicly, the White House continues to defend the president’s pre-launch salesmanship. Privately, some officials say they wish they’d left a little wiggle room in the healthcare rollout. As the pitchman for his landmark healthcare law, President Obama promised to make buying insurance as easy as buying a plane ticket online or a “TV on Amazon.” It would be simple, he said. If there were problems, the president predicted, they would be “glitches.” And he said, “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it.” Such claims have come back to haunt the president and his allies less than a month into the launch of the online insurance marketplaces at the heart of his healthcare legislation. Source: Los Angeles Times…

 

  • It’s Kathleen Sebelius’s turn now. On the Hill, they’re calling for her resignation and tossing around words like “subpoena.” Pundits are merrily debating her future. (She’s toast! Or is Obama too loyal to fire her so soon?) Her interviews, more closely parsed than usual, seem wobbly. Though never a colorful presence on the political scene, she’s suddenly a late-night TV punch line. And on Wednesday morning, the embattled secretary of health and human services will submit to a quintessential station of the Washington deathwatch — testifying before a congressional committee — to discuss her agency’s failings in the botched rollout of the federal health-insurance website. Source: The Washington Post…

 

  • Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Tuesday that he will move to block Dr. Janet Yellen’s nomination as the next Federal Reserve Chair unless the Senate votes on his legislation which allows the Fed to be audited. Source: The Blaze…

 

  • Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave the clearest indication that proponents of comprehensive immigration reform may make their final – and strongest – push to get legislation passed next year after House Republicans make it through their primaries. “I think conventional wisdom is that time is not on our side,” McCain told reporters on Monday after an event in Chicago. “But there are a number of members of Congress who have primaries and when those primaries are done, they may be more inclined to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.” Source: Breitbart…

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