By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law has hurt the popularity of the initiative, but the decline has been fairly modest, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Monday. Forty-one percent of Americans expressed support for the 2010 law popularly known as Obamacare in a survey conducted from Thursday to Monday. Opposition to the healthcare law stood at 59 percent in the latest poll, versus 56 percent in the earlier survey. Jackson said the relatively small change in the poll numbers was consistent with a pattern in place since the passage of the law three years ago in which opinions about it have fluctuated very little.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with Senate leaders from both parties on Tuesday to try to convince them not to adopt further sanctions on Iran as the United States and other world powers head for new nuclear negotiations with Tehran, the White House said. Obama urged Congress last week to hold off on new sanctions and sought to reassure lawmakers that any easing would be modest and could be quickly reversed if Iran shows it is not serious about curbing its nuclear program. The president plans to make that case again to lawmakers when he meets them at the White House, presidential spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican conservatives who took a hard line in the fight over October's government shutdown are voicing little appetite for another standoff over an approaching January 15 funding deadline for federal agencies. Two things are different this time around, say conservatives in the House of Representatives. Republicans are now gleefully watching the healthcare law's struggles and many believe it will collapse without much further prodding. They are also expressing confidence they will not have to face a difficult choice from current budget talks, and believe that lead Republican negotiator Paul Ryan will not cut a deal that raises tax revenue.
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney entered the fray between his daughters over gay marriage on Monday as he rose to defend Liz Cheney, a Republican Senate candidate from Wyoming whose stance against same-sex nuptials has drawn barbs from her lesbian sister. Liz Cheney said in an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" that she believes in "the traditional definition of marriage." She said she loves her sister Mary, who is in a same-sex marriage, but that "this is an issue in which we disagree." That led to a quick response from Mary Cheney, who said on Facebook: "Liz -- this isn't just an issue on which we disagree -- you're just wrong -- and on the wrong side of history." Liz Cheney is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Mike Enzi in a primary election in August 2014, and the gay marriage issue had already punctuated Cheney's campaign after the sisters clashed publicly over it in August.
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he had no specific expectations about world powers reaching a deal with Iran in talks later this week that hope to finalize an interim deal on Tehran's nuclear program. The talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 powers, comprising the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, resume in Geneva on November 20. They will try to reach a first-step agreement to end a 10-year deadlock over Iran's nuclear program.
Round-the-clock efforts to improve the troubled federal website, HealthCare.gov, have increased performance across the site, a senior administration official said. Henry Chao, the deputy chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in written testimony to a House of Representatives committee that the administration is preparing to expand the functionality of the site's consumer shopping subsidy estimation tool.