States Still Divided on Obamacare
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In the aftermath of the President's re-election, states, hospitals and insurance companies are now faced with fully implementing the Affordable Care Act. How deeply rooted is the continued opposition? What are the prospects for affordable coverage for 30 million uninsured Americans? Also, Hamas issues a "declaration of war" after Israel's targeted killing of a senior military leader, and the re-elected President faces the White House press corps.
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Hamas Issues "Declaration of War" after Israel's Targeted Killing ()
After days of missile- and rocket-fire from Gaza, Israel escalated the confrontation today with multiple airstrikes and the targeted killing of Ahmed-al-Jabari, a senior military leader of Hamas. Hamas, the elected Gaza government, called it the basis for "a declaration of war." Dan Ephron is in Tel Aviv for Newsweek and the Daily Beast.
- Dan Ephron: Newsweek/Daily Beast
Obamacare: the Battle Continues ()
Mitt Romney would try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the biggest expansion of America's social safety net since 1965. But the President's re-election means that repeal of "Obamacare" is less likely than ever, and states have until this Friday to decide if they'll set up "exchanges" where 30 million Americans can buy subsidized health insurance. About one third of the states have already have said, "No," meaning the federal government will step in. Meantime, crowds of special interests are demanding change. What about the impact on Medicare and Medicaid and the rising cost of medical treatments?
- Noam Levey: Los Angeles Times, @NoamLevey
- Jim Capretta: Ethics and Public Policy Center, @aei
- Jacob Hacker: Yale University
- Genevieve Kenney: Urban Institute
Obama Faces the Press in the Midst of a Sex Scandal ()
Wide-open meetings with the White House press corps were a casualty of President Obama's re-election campaign. Today's press conference was the first since last March. He opened with an announcement, as we hear from Rachel Smolkin, White House Editor for Politico.
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