Warren, Liberal Faction Gaining Control Among Democrats
A more liberal and populist movement is emerging within the Democratic Party that views President Barack Obama and the party’s presumptive presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton as excessively centrist, according to the Washington Post.
This group is looking to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as its 2016 presidential standard-bearer.
In contrast to Obama, Warren favors increasing Social Security payments. In a recent Senate floor speech she said, “The absolute last thing we should do in 2013 – at the very moment that Social Security has become the principal lifeline for millions of our seniors – is to allow the program to begin to be dismantled inch by inch.”
In addition to opposing any budget deal that would involve Social Security reductions, the more liberal faction favors stronger regulation of Wall Street; a $ 10.10-an-hour minimum wage, higher than the $ 9 favored by Obama; student loan debt relief; steps aimed at reducing economic inequality, and measures to protect workers from the aftershocks of globalization.
Clinton is seen by many on the left as being too close to Wall Street and to the devotees of Robert Rubin, her husband’s Treasury secretary. Some also complain that Rubin’s people have been running economic policy under Obama, according to the Post.
Warren, a former Harvard law professor, has also called for big banks to be broken up.
“Wall Street will fight us, but the American people are on our side,” she told a union audience.
The Post reported that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, said that though he is not keen to run for president he is willing to do so if a sufficiently liberal Democrat does not enter the raise.
Democrats need to be cautious not to pull too far to the left, the Post said, lest they be charged with being irresponsible over the national debt and not caring about economic growth. Moreover, policies that would further redistribute income would make many Americans uneasy. Also, running a candidate who is too far to the left could also hamper the party’s electoral prospects.
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Poll: Obamacare’s Main Targets Least Familiar With Law
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Washington, D.C.– At an event hosted by BuzzFeed Tuesday night, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) said she’s a fan of Pope Francis.
“I like the Pope,” Pelosi said. She added that “the Holy Spirit did a really good job this time” picking the Pope and that Francis is “very nun-like in his attitudes, in his statements.”
Francis has gained a reputation as being somewhat progressive in his public statements on abortion, atheists and gays.
Pelosi is a practicing Roman Catholic.
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Obama Has Lost America On Immigration Reform
Only about a third of the public (32%) approves of the job Obama is doing on immigration policy; 60% disapprove. Obama’s ratings for this issue among Democrats are mixed: About half (53%) approve of his handling of the issue while 42% disapprove.
As the American people have learned more and more about the Gang of Eight bill and the effects which amnesty and a drastic influx of millions of new workers would have on the hurting economy, they have grown more and more outraged with what Washington, D.C., is doing regarding immigration reform. In February — before Obama and lawmakers like Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and DIck Durbin (D-ll.L) began their push for immigration reform — the President’s immigration policy approval rating among the American people, according to Pew, was higher than his disapproval rating. His approval rating on immigration then was 44 percent, whereas his disapproval rating was 43 percent.Over the next several months, the Obama administration worked with the Senate Democrats and a handful of Senate Republicans to develop the more-than-thousand-page-long Gang of Eight bill. The administration helped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rush the bill to the floor with hardly any substantive review from members, staffers, the media, and the American people.In mid-June, before the Senate bill passed and as its ultimate passage became questionable, Obama’s Pew Research disapproval rating on immigration spiked up to 47 percent, and his approval rating on the issue dropped to 43 percent.
Nervous Democrats Urge Obamacare Overhaul, Delay With Eye on 2014
Senators from President Barack Obama’s own party are pressing him to extend the enrollment deadline for Americans to sign up for health insurance because of the malfunctioning website.
Obama invited Senate Democrats facing re-election next year to the White House to discuss the problem-plagued healthcare rollout that could affect their races. The White House confirmed Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with 16 senators to describe fixes that are being made to the website for Americans to sign up for insurance under his signature healthcare law.
“It’s absolutely unacceptable in this day and age that the administration can’t deliver on the promises it made to all Americans because of technical problems with a website,” said Alaska Sen. Mark Begich. “Alaskans should be appreciating the critical benefits of the Affordable Care Act, but there is an understandable crisis in confidence because the administration has yet to get it off the ground.”
White House aides described the meeting as tense to various reporters.
“I am very frustrated with the rollout of the exchanges. The dysfunction and delays are unacceptable,” Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon said after the meeting. “I remain deeply convinced that this is a ‘show-me’ moment. This will not be resolved until Americans can, day after day, sign onto the health marketplace, review their options and complete their applications.”
All sides concede the rollout has been a disaster.
“The rollout of HealthCare.gov has not been smooth — to say the least — and I shared the concerns of Coloradans directly with the president,” Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado said in a statement. “Consumers should have the time they need to shop for a plan and enroll after the widespread problems with the website are fixed.”
But White House press secretary Jay Carney rejected the idea of an extension of the March 31 deadline for Americans to get insurance or face a fine. “We still believe that there is time available to make the necessary improvements to the website and to use all the other means that we can to get the information to the American people who want to enroll in time for them to do it,” Carney told reporters.
Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor said he told Obama and Biden to “fix the website immediately,” address problems with the law and hold accountable those at fault for the mistakes.
“I won’t let up until these problems are fixed,” said Pryor, who faces a difficult re-election next year in conservative-leaning Arkansas.
The meeting with Democratic senators, which was not listed on the president’s public schedule, lasted about two hours and also included White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and Jeff Zients, the president’s troubleshooter for the website. Such a dedication of time by so many top-level officials reflects concern for the political fallout the problems could inflict.
“Nobody in the room, including the president, thinks this rollout has gone well and he expressed that sentiment several times,” Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico told The Associated Press. Udall said senators were “respectful but concerned” about how the many problems they are hearing from constituents are going to be solved.
“The two messages delivered to the White House are we must ensure no one is punished for problems with HealthCare.gov and we need to make sure the enrollment deadline gives everyone enough time,” Udall said.
Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware said Obama “didn’t hesitate to accept responsibility for the issues that have slowed the law’s implementation and laid out the White House’s strategy for fixing them.”
Sen. Mark Udall said he also encouraged Obama to ensure the security of personal information submitted on the site. The White House said Obama told the senators there is ongoing testing of the site’s security.
Carney denied that Obama is concerned with the politics of healthcare and simply wants to improve access. But the press secretary noted that Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor’s race Tuesday while supporting the law.
“The Republican candidate in that race made his name as an opponent of Obamacare, campaigned on the repeal of Obamacare, and lost,” Carney said. “The Democratic candidate embraced the Affordable Care Act, campaigned on the Affordable Care Act, and won.”
After the meeting, Obama left the White House with Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, chairman of the effort to elect Democrats to the Senate, who attended along with the 2014 incumbents. Obama and Bennet flew together aboard Air Force One to Dallas, where the president planned to encourage Americans to enroll in healthcare plans and also raise money at two fundraisers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
But Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Obama came to Texas to try and keep the nation’s new healthcare law from collapsing under its own weight.
The visit was designed to be a slap at Perry, a Republican who has repeatedly refused to expand health coverage under Medicaid as part of the new law.
In a statement, Perry said the president was trying to “salvage his ill-conceived and unpopular program from a Titanic fate.”
He noted that Medicaid already consumes a quarter of the state budget, and said Texas won’t accept a “one-size-fits-all Washington mandate.”
Perry added: “Texans aren’t the reason Obamacare is crumbling. Obamacare is the reason Obamacare is crumbling.”
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Sorry… you might not be able to keep your hospital.
Americans who sign up for Obamacare will be getting a big surprise if they expect to access premium health care that may have been previously covered under their personal policies. Most of the top hospitals will accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare. [...]
Watchdog.org looked at the top 18 hospitals nationwide as ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2013-2014. We contacted each hospital to determine their contracts and talked to several insurance companies, as well.
The result of our investigation: Many top hospitals are simply opting out of Obamacare.
Chances are the individual plan you purchased outside Obamacare would allow you to go to these facilities. For example, fourth-ranked Cleveland Clinic accepts dozens of insurance plans if you buy one on your own. But go through Obamacare and you have just one choice: Medical Mutual of Ohio.
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Tidbits from “Double Down: Game Change 2012″ — a new book that gives a behind-the-scenes look at 2012 presidential election — are making their way through the news, starting with a report that the Obama team considered replacing Vice President Joe Biden with former State Secretary Hillary Clinton for the reelection campaign.
Another excerpt from the book, this one about private meetings President Obama used to hold which were discontinued after details of them were leaked to the media [via Playbook]:
“Obama exhaled heavily when he learned the news. He was stunned, then angry, then disappointed, then hurt. ‘I can’t believe this,’ Obama said. ‘This is exactly what I said couldn’t happen.’ Obama was in the Oval Office … and being told that his list had leaked. The details came from Plouffe and [Jim] Messina, who had learned that two authors [Halperin and Heilemann] … knew all about the extraordinary session six weeks earlier; they had the whole roster of Clinton’s regrets in copious detail. ‘How could someone do this to me?’ Obama asked. ‘If I can’t be honest with you people, how can we keep having these meetings?’ … [T]he next session was scheduled to start in a few minutes … The group was assembling in the Roosevelt Room … Maybe they should just cancel the thing, shut it down? No, Obama said. I want to go in there and say my piece. … He walked into the room looking stern … and then laid into his team.
“When we started having these meetings, Obama said, I told you that I trusted everyone in this room. But now somebody has betrayed that trust. … [U]nless and until the person who did this comes to me, tells me they did this, and apologizes, these meetings are over. I’m gonna be in the Oval Office. When somebody is ready to come forward and own up to this, you know where to find me. With that, Obama stood up and walked out the door, leaving a crashing silence behind him.” No one did, and the inner circle shrunk markedly.
Somewhat juicy. But is anyone having a difficult time hearing Obama speak that way?
Most people who will read the book (including me) haven’t had a private conversation with the President. And yet, this part seems at odds with the voice and language most people expect from Obama.
Does he really talk like this in private?
“Double Down” publishes on Tuesday.
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