AP: “The Obama administration will face intense pressure next week to be more forthcoming about how many people have actually succeeded in enrolling for coverage in the new insurance markets. Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner is to testify during a House hearing Tuesday, followed Wednesday by Sebelius before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.”
USA Today: “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius must fix the problems with the HealthCare.gov website or lose her job, Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday, in advance of hearings in which Sebelius is expected to testify this week about glitches with signing up for health insurance online.”
Reporters tried to ask President Obama about whether the health care site would be fixed by Nov. 30th while the president was walking to church. His response: "C'mon guys. I'm going to church.”
New York Times: "The economists and policy wonks behind the Affordable Care Act worry that the technical problems bedeviling the federal portal could become much more than an inconvenience. If young applicatants "decide to put off or give up on buying coverage, rising prices and even a destabilized insurance market could result."
Washington Post's Dan Balz: "President Obama has faced a persistent challenge in office. The advocate of big, bold actions to address large and seemingly intractable problems, he has struggled to convince the public that government is equipped to carry out such transformational changes....Administration officials insist that the health-care law is sound, even if the Web site has proved a nightmare to navigate. But the questions raised by the botched rollout go beyond whether the Web site Obama touted so positively is merely plagued with technological glitches or is flawed in more fundamental ways. The whole episode points to the broader debate that the president has yet to win about the role of government."
AP: Spanish newspaper El Mundo “has published a document it says shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone.” The report comes “a week after Le Monde reported similar allegations of U.S. spying in France, and German magazine Der Spiegel reported that a document shows that Washington tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.”
USA Today: “The National Security Agency Sunday denied German media reports that President Obama was told in 2010 of NSA spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and allowed it to continue.”
Wall Street Journal: "The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on" Merkel "and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operation, U.S. officials said. Officials said the internal review turned up NSA monitoring of some 35 world leaders, in the U.S. government’s first public acknowledgment that it tapped the phones of world leaders."
NSA is sure to be on the agenda when President Obama meets with Secretary of State John Kerry later today. Obama also will speak at the installation ceremony of new FBI Director James Comey.