Week 2 of ObamaCare and the “shutdown” – the debt ceiling looms

October 07, 2013 / Written By The Five Staff
  • How many people have signed up for Obamacare?  POTUS and Jack Lew either can’t or won’t say.
  • Ad wars: Organizing for America and GOP release competing ads.  Who’s winning?
  • Do we really default on October 17th?  Jack Lew and Rand Paul have different views.  Treasury Secretary Lew is warning that lawmakers are "playing with fire" if they don't raise the nation's debt limit but Rand Paul says that we will have enough money to pay the interest on our debt.  Who’s right?

Obama: I don’t know how many people signed up in health exchanges

AP interview:

JULIE PACE: How many people have actually signed up for insurance this week?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I don't have the numbers yet. What we know is that, as you indicated, the interest way exceeded expectations and that's the good news. It shows that people really need and want affordable health care. And the product is a really good one. It turns out that choice and competition work. So what's happened is you've got private insurers who have bid to get into this system to offer affordable health care at significantly lower prices than anybody could buy in the individual market, because basically they're now part of a big group.

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