Obamacare Fight A Marathon, Not A Sprint; Ditto For The Shutdown; Rand Slams ‘Idiot’ Barricades; How To Opt Out Of Mandatory Coverage; Hack Risk High For Enrollees; 93 Percent Of EPA Workers ‘Nonessential’ – Wednesday Morning News Roundup 10-2-2013

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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.

 

  • Even if Democrats deflect efforts to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act in coming weeks, the fight will go on. Republican opposition is for the long haul, and it should be. Even as the exchanges for individuals to purchase insurance get up and running, Obamacare is still in play. It has a legitimacy problem. It had one before it passed, when it was kept afloat through gross special deals, and it has one still, when it is manifestly failing to live up to the president’s salesmanship on its behalf. There’s a reason that usually we don’t pass major social changes lacking popular support on party-line votes — it is a formula for conflict rather than consensus. Source: New York Post…

 

  • Lawmakers and the White House dug in Tuesday for a long fight as the first federal government shutdown in nearly two decades showed no signs of breaking, increasing the likelihood it will become entangled in an even larger battle over the Treasury’s ability to pay the government’s bills. The lack of negotiations between the two parties and the White House raises the possibility that the partisan divisions that have brought the government to a standstill could impede the ability of the Treasury to pay the government’s bills beyond mid-October. Source: The Wall Street Journal…

 

  • Rand Paul told Fox News today it took an “idiot in government” to concoct the scheme to barricade the Washington, D.C. WWII Veterans memorial – when it never had been barricaded in all the time the government hadn’t been shut down. “If Harry Reid and the President want to keep the parks closed — I mean did you read the story today? Some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades, so they couldn’t see the monument. People had to spend hours setting up barricades where there are never barricades to prevent people from seeing the World War II monument because they’re trying to play a charade.” Source: POLITICO…

 

  • Here’s some information that could be helpful if you’re planning to ‘opt out’ of Obamacare, or if you simply don’t know whether you’re even “eligible” for insurance on the ACA’s health coverage exchanges in your State. Source: Christian Science Monitor…

 

  • Security firm McAfee warned Tuesday that hackers are likely to take advantage of the rollout of ObamaCare exchanges this week by launching phishing attacks aimed at stealing personal information. “I can say with a high degree of certainty that they will come. We live in a world where people look at compelling events and look to do something malicious. This is just the nature of the beast,” said Gary Davis, vice president of global consumer marketing at McAfee. Source: Fox Business…

 

  • More than nine out of every ten employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are considered “non-essential” and have been furloughed in the Federal government’s shutdown. Reuters obtained an EPA guidance in which the agency said it would “classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential,” which is about 6.6% of the agency’s workforce, in the event of a government shutdown. Source: Breitbart… 

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