In a blog post Monday, Kathleen Sebelius wrote, "More than 6 million Americans have now either signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Marketplace or for Medicaid coverage."
The issue with the numbers, as many Republican leaders are quick to point out, is that some of those 6 million were already enrolled in Medicaid. The junior senator from Mississippi cites an article on Yahoo Finance to back up his position.
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) January 14, 2014
And Wicker points to a new ABC News report hammering the Spanish language ObamaCare website for inaccuracies and its use of “Spanglish.” The site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, launched two months late and contained a link to a form written in English.
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) January 13, 2014
Sen. Vitter tweets that in Louisiana, 93,000 people have lost coverage compared with 18,000 who have received Obamacare coverage.
Americans are realizing #Obamacare is a train wreck, not just its website or rollout. More have lost policies than have actually enrolled.
— David Vitter (@DavidVitter) January 14, 2014
Meanwhile Dems continue the PR push on Twitter to show the exchanges are working.
Today's news about enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges shows an encouraging trend. 2.2 million and growing. pic.twitter.com/5hoDmtDwKr— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) January 13, 2014
Every day, more Americans sign up for health insurance. And every day, Republicans threaten to take it away. pic.twitter.com/uIQozRXSIT— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) January 13, 2014
You want Chris Christie tweets? I’ve got ’em by the truckload.
Everyone on Twitter and in cable news, it seems, is still chattering about the New Jersey governor—wait? What’s that?
Check out this message from Marriage Navigation:
Pew Research Christie Story Attracts Little Public Interest - The public paid far more attention to last week’... http://t.co/YXvnIpYGZK— Marriage Navigation (@MarriageNav) January 14, 2014
Let’s follow the link, shall we?
“The public paid far more attention to last week’s cold snap than to the controversy swirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. There also has been little short-term change in opinions about Christie: 60% say their opinion of Christie has not changed in recent days, while 16% now view him less favorably and 6% more favorably.”
Huh? More folks care about the weather?
“The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 9-12 among 1,006 adults, finds that just 18% paid very close attention to Christie’s apology on Jan. 9 for the highway lane closures ordered by his aides. By contrast, 44% very closely followed news about the cold winter weather that gripped much of the U.S. and 28% tracked news about the economy.”
Sounds like there’s a disconnect between the pundits and the people.
So let’s see how Twitter is keeping the story alive.
Superstorm Sandy now storms into the life of Governor Chris Christie http://t.co/3cCPO0x0ZF— prabir ghose (@peekayjee) January 14, 2014
This isn’t about the George Washington Bridge payback scandal; there are now investigations into whether the gov improperly used hurricane relief funds for tourism ads starring him and his family. “New probe” is never good news for a politician under fire.
Not that Christie’s team is sitting on its hands, according to New York Times reporter Kate Zernike:
MSNBC is constantly covering the story, and that brings an appeal to the network’s president, aimed at one of Christie’s on-air defenders:
A positive sign for Christie fans: the latest poll.
And the New Yorker’s John Cassidy is hardly writing him off:
Another bad day for Chris Christie: but he's still the favorite for the GOP nomination in 2016: http://t.co/vmE9xyKXOZ— John Cassidy (@TNYJohnCassidy) January 13, 2014
Now for the inevitable sports comparison, with Alex Rodriguez fighting Major League Baseball’s decision to ban him for 2014 because of drug use:
A-Rod saga or Christie Saga take your pick, as both will be with us for awhile.— Gil Cividanes (@GilCividanes) January 14, 2014
The nation’s capital is losing another longtime legislator, Dem George Miller from California. The leadership is wishing him well except for one Chuck Schumer, who isn’t just out a partisan pal, he’s out a roommate!
Seeking roommate. 20 terms in the House & unmatched legislative record preferred. Lover of cold cereal a must. http://t.co/oHy8z7wrKR— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 13, 2014
Maybe Alpha House’s John Goodman will respond.
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