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.