The trend to move employees off company plans and unto exchanges was begun some months ago, before the decision by the president to delay the employer mandate by a year, until 2015.
The Wall Street Journal
The top story, front page: on-line health exchanges for small firms hit snags. Does anyone really care?
The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Thursday that a technological problem is forcing it to delay part of the rollout of the new health-care law, saying insurance exchanges won't be ready to accept online applications from small businesses when the program launches Tuesday.
With less than five days left to debug the sprawling new computer system, there are other signs of trouble: People close to the situation are also skeptical the online marketplaces for individual customers will be fully ready. The administration said it was confident they would open on time.Fix, don't repeal.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing the prospect of a tough race next year, is squarely behind the Affordable Care Act—up to a point. "It needs to be fixed, not repealed," she said.O'Bama's legacy: the adorable care act:
Democrats overwhelmingly oppose Republican efforts to defund or delay the law, which the GOP wants to attach to must-pass fiscal measures. At the same time, many are eager to find ways to improve it, opening a small chink in a unified Democratic position that will be tested in coming days.
President Barack Obama long has pointed to the Oct. 1 rollout of the Affordable Care Act's exchanges as a consequential date for the country.
It also is a pivotal moment in his presidency, as the effectiveness of the law likely will shape how history views the Obama administration. While Republicans and Democrats diverge on the merits of the legislation that has come to be known as Obamacare, many from both parties say the president's legacy is on the line.
With the enrollment date approaching and support for the health law lagging in the polls, the administration is starting a sustained effort to make the case for its benefits, deploying the president, first lady, vice president, cabinet officials and an array of celebrities.The UN decision on Syria couldn't possibly be weaker; no links; story everywhere.
The Los Angeles Times
Nothing of interest. Top story, front page had to do with a radio personality.
The New York Times
$300 million in Detroit aid, but no bailout. Huge story.
Two months after Detroit became the largest city ever to file for bankruptcy, top Obama administration officials will be there on Friday to propose nearly $300 million in combined federal and private aid toward a Motown comeback — only a fraction of the billions the city owes and a reflection of the budget and political limits on President Obama.
So with the chances that Congress would pass any legislation for Detroit “somewhere between zero and zero,” as an administration official put it, Mr. Obama has fallen back on what he can do through executive actions, with available money and tax credits, or through partnerships with local businesses and foundations.