• Thursday November 21, 2013 Happening Now

      Obamacare remains our lead today.

      The New York Times reports Healthcare.gov is improving, but not fast enough for most users.

      There remain thousands who can’t complete the application process.

      The Washington Post reports many of the nation’s best hospitals are being excluded from most Obamacare plans.. as a cost containment measure.

      The Post also reports on the President’s attempts to shift some of the blame for Obamacare on the Republicans attempts to stop it.

      The New York Times has a piece out detailing the extremely successful GOP strategy of targeting the Affordable Care Act with stories of those affected. “The idea is to gather stories of people affected by the health care law –through social media, letters from constituents, or meetings during visits back home – and use them to open a line of attack, keep it going until it enters the public discourse and forces a response, then quickly pivot to the next topic.

      So far they’ve had a lot of ammunition.

      Today, House Republicans are holding a Google+ Hangout with constituents who they say have been harmed by Obamacare.

      There was a bit of good news from the White House on the President’s signature achievement.. Polls show while most Americans oppose the law the numbers haven’t changed that much.

      There’s also news that overall Health Care costs are continuing to slow. The White House says that’s because of the ACA.

      And the Los Angeles Times reports that states with their own health care exchanges (like California) “are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November.”

      In other news..

      We get weekly jobless numbers today, as stocks continue to surge.

      There’s a bond hearing in Sanford Superior Court for Michael Skakel. He’s likely to be release ahead of a new trial in the murder of neighbor Martha Moxley. Skakel is the nephew3 of Robert F Kennedy’s widow Ethel Kennedy.

      Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Casey Stegall and Eric Shawn have reports.

      Nuts! There’s a dramatic new study out that suggests eating a small serving of tree nuts everyday leads to significant reductions in disease and early death.

      Afghan elders will vote on whether to approve a pact that would allow U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan past 2014.