Friday, November 15, 2013

The Agenda: Obamacare flip affects 150k in SC; Graham on Benghazi holds; Judge bows out of gay marriage suit

Clyburn says "I don't think there's anything to apologize for" on ACA rollout

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

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Changes announced Thursday by President Obama after the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act would affect about 150,000 people in South Carolina. The changes would allow insurance companies to reinstate customers whose plans had been canceled since the law took effect. [P&C]

Echoing the refrain of other top Democrats in defense of the health care law, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the #3 Dem in the House, said, "When [consumers] become aware of what they did not have, I don’t think there’s anything to apologize for." [Politico]

For his part, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham called the fix a "a duct tape solution to a problem that can’t be fixed with duct tape." [Politico]

Speaking of Graham, NPR talks with the senior senator today this morning about his continued protest of executive nominees over lingering questions about the 9/12/12 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. "This is a last resort by me, I can't think of anything else to do." [NPR]

The federal judge set to preside over a high-profile gay marriage suit in South Carolina has recused himself, saying he had already taken a public position on the issue as a voting member of the leadership of a local Boy Scouts of America organization, which has a policy that outlaws gay leaders. The judge will be replaced by 2010 Obama appointee Judge Michelle Childs. [The State]

Boeing has opened up the possibility of locating its 777X assembly line oustide of its Everett, Washington plant, and South Carolina lawmakers say they intend to make a run at the company for the business. [Seattle Times, NYT, P&C]

With the federal permits scrapped by a U.S. District Court judge in September, opponents of the $35 million Charleston cruise port expansion are asking state officials to toss the permits as well. [WaPo/AP]

Charleston County Council committed $12.5 million to the proposed International African American Museum at its meeting on Thursday. The funds would come from the county's 2% accomodations tax revenue. [P&C]

From the opinion pages: The P&C takes President Barack Obama to task over the handling of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in an editorial today, "No unbreaking this promise."

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