President Obama talking The Affordable Care Act. He told Democratic governors gathered in DC last night that they'd enrolled nearly 4 million in Obamacare not including Medicare signups and young folks being able to stay on their parents insurance. President Obama saying "So we've already got well over 10 million Americans just in the first few months, despite problems with healthcare.gov in the first month and a half, who suddenly have the financial security that in some cases they've never known before. "
That comes just a day after Vice President Biden acknowledged that the Administration may miss it's enrollment goals saying "We may not get to seven million, we may get to five or six, but that's a hell of a start."
But many analysts say those numbers aren't enough to make Obamacare financially solvent. We'll talk to our politics guests today about what it all means for the President's signature legislation.
Ukraine's president now insisting he's worked out a deal to end the crisis that is destroying that country, but it is unclear if that deal will satisfy protesters who are demanding his ouster. President Viktor Yanukovych says the opposition has agreed to the deal, but we continue to get reports of new bloodshed. The pro-Russia government has been battling pro-Western protesters for months, but it has spun out of control with at least 70 protesters murdered, and reports that 67 Ukrainian police officers have been kidnapped. Bodies are being place in hotel lobbies. There are new reports this morning of shots fired. The whole thing is becoming a proxy battle of Russia versus the West as the Olympics come to a close in Sochi. It's quite a mess. Amy Kellogg reporting. The EU has imposed sanctions on Ukraine in an emergency session and the White House is demanding an end to government aggression against their own people.
Violence has also been intensifying in Venezuela which is in the midst of near collapse. Skyrocketing inflation, horrible street crime, food shortages, and repressive moves against opposition parties and the media just a few of the problems there. Now the socialist government is sending paratroopers into a border area where anti-government protesters have been fighting with police. At least six have died in recent uprisings. Steve Harrigan reports.
President Obama hosts the Dalai Lama today at the White House.. China is upset about it as the Dalai Lama is persona non grata over Tibet. The Dalai Lama lives in exile from Tibet, and regularly calls for Tibet's independence from China.
Catherine Herridge reporting today on new calls for former Deputy Director of the CIA Mike Morrell to testify on what happened in Benghazi and in the aftermath.
Mike Emanuel looking into the continuing problems at the IRS.
Finally, Julie Banderas and Ed Henry will get a chance to sample the latest fad in fine snacking. CRICKETS.. courtesy of Alicia Acuna and UPS Overnight.
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