Obama tells Americans to persevere with health care websites
AP: President Obama says Americans definitely shouldn’t give up on signing up through government-run health care websites after a series of technical problems that left some users unable to complete the process.
In a wide-ranging interview with the AP, President Obama also said the US believes Iran is still more than a year away from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon.
Photo: In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, President Barack Obama poses for a photo prior to an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
NBC News: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to put a temporary hold on a controversial provision in the new health care law requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Two businesses challenging the act — the nationwide chain of 500 Hobby Lobby Stores and Mardel, a chain of Christian bookstores — contended that the law violates their religious freedom. Their legal battle is continuing over the merits of their claim. In the meantime, they asked the US Supreme Court to put a temporary hold on the law, which takes effect January 1, 2013.
On Wednesday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles emergency appeals from the courts where the companies are based, declined to grant an injunction.