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Mary Landrieu's Obamacare Repair



In the struggle to make sure all Americans are properly insured and can receive medical treatment going into the future, a battle has begun over whether certain insurance policies should count as "proper coverage," as the rollout of Affordable Care Act moves forward. Just like when Obamacare was initially passed, Sen. Mary Landrieu is once again near the center of the fray.


Cassidy Can't Use Some Money Until Runoff, Records Show


Through Oct. 1, Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-Baton Rouge) collected just over $1.6 million in 2013 as he gears up for his 2014 race against U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and tea party challenger Rob Maness. But some of that money will only follow Cassidy if he makes it to the next round. According to federal campaign contribution reports, about 9 percent of the money is earmarked as a "runoff contribution," meaning the Congressman can't use the money unless he finishes among the top two candidates in the first round of voting.


Mary Landrieu to Propose Health Care Grandfathering


Sen. Mary Landrieu announced plans for legislation this week that runs contrary to the White House on some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Landrieu, a Democrat, often sides with President Barack Obama on matters concerning the health care overhaul coming to effect the next year. However, the senator plans to offer up legislation that would allow people to keep their current plans.


Mary Landrieu, Dems Pushing POTUS on Obamacare Extension


Democrats have been mostly united in their desire for health care reform, but never underestimate the power of tech issues to fray nerves. With website issues at healthcare.gov hindering signups for health insurance under Obamacare, a group of Senate Dems are calling for an extension from the current enrollment deadline of March 31, 2014. Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is among a group that sent a letter to health and human services secretary Kathleen Sibelius pushing for more time.


Federal Government Shutdown Ends, 4 La. Reps Vote Against Deal


From Michoud to Jean Lafitte, New Orleans-area offices and lands run by the federal government are back in business on Thursday. The U.S. House and Senate reached a deal to reopen the federal government through January, 15, 2014, and raise the debt ceiling through February 7. President Barack Obama made it official with his signature just after midnight. Click through to see how Louisiana reps voted.


Poll Looks at Govt. Shutdown's Effects on La. Senate Race


A new study from Public Policy Polling (PPP) has added to the drama of the 2014 Louisiana Senate Race, saying that the latest data shows the government shutdown is swaying voters against House GOP members. Even among registered Republicans, the GOP's numbers are slipping, the poll shows. While the election still a year off, the results have a bearing on next year's Senate race in Louisiana, according to the left-leaning PPP.


Rising Flood Insurance Rates Take Effect Amid Government Shutdown


Land-owners in low-lying flood zones were dealt a huge blow on. Oct. 1, as current law is letting National Flood Insurance rates rise as high as 25-percent a year over the next five years, unless the government moves on the law it passed last year. Despite the lapse of the new rates, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Reps, including members of Louisiana's delegation, has pledged to continue to fight for lower flood insurance rates.


Feds Peel off From Gulf Shrimp Industry Proposal


When Gulf shrimp is involved, it's usually a pretty easy sell. But the feds were undeterred by superior seafood this week when the topic was trade regulations. On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted down a shrimp coalition proposal for new export taxes on other nations' crusteaceans.


Cassidy Gave to Campaigns for Landrieu, Democrats, Records Show


As they campaign for the GOP nod to challenge U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu next fall, Congressman Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness will be pulling in plenty of contributions. But a look at Cassidy's recent past shows that he's been generous with campaign dollars to many other political campaigns, like those of Democrat Mary Landrieu.


Polite Cleared for U.S. Attorney


On the same day that New Orleans' last U.S. Attorney was back in the spotlight, the DOJ's next go-to guy in the Crescent City was waved home by the U.S. Senate. Kenneth Polite was confirmed by the full U.S. Senate, clearing the way for the New Orleans native to take his seat at Camp and Poydras.


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