Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, November 15, 2013.
1. House GOP's Obamacare fix. A White House plan that would allow insurance companies to continue the cancelled policies of millions of Americans didn't stop House Republicans from pushing through their own fix. The "Keep Your Health Plan Act," sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Michigan, passed 261-157. The measure not only allows individuals to keep their cancelled plans, but also gives new customers the chance to buy plans that don't meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. Upton argued his measure would restore President Barack Obama's broken promise. "If you like your health care plan you can keep it period," said Upton. "For the last three years, the President repeated this promise in selling his signature law and he did so with the knowledge that it would not be met." But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the Upton bill essentially guts Obamacare. "That idea that it was helping consumers was sort of the Trojan horse whose underbelly is poisonous ... in terms of the health and well-being of the American people." The White House says the President will veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
One country feels left out as the U.S. and Iran near a deal to halt Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted “Don’t rush to a bad deal with Iran.” We’ll have an exclusive interview with the Israeli leader.
President Barack Obama apologized for the disastrous rollout of his health care exchanges, urging the public to blame him, not Democrats at the polls. Tactics, alliances, and the President’s legacy with two Congressional leaders: Republican Senator John Barrasso and Democratic Congressman James Clyburn.
Can Republicans spin this opportunity into gold? And will the small fractures in the Democratic Party turn into irreversible chasms? Crossfire Host Van Jones joins CNN Commentator Ross Douthat and Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report.
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