Rick Santorum, a former and possibly future Republican presidential candidate, offered a tribute to Nelson Mandela that linked the late South African leader's fight against apartheid to the U.S. battle over Obamacare. Both struggles - one involving racial segregation and the other expansion of government as seen in President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law - were against "great injustices," Santorum said on Fox News after Mandela's death Thursday night. "Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that, and that's the reason he is mourned today, because of that struggle that he performed," the former Pennsylvania senator said on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor." "And I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people's lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that." Santorum, a champion of the Christian right and family values, presented himself as a conservative alternative to Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries.
(Reuters) - The federal health insurance website HealthCare.gov is experiencing errors about once out of every 10 transactions, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on Friday. In addition, this online insurance marketplace for individuals in 36 states could have as many as 1 in 4 transactions with errors, CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille said during a news briefing. (Reporting by Caroline Humer; Editing by Eric Beech)
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of three U.S. Senate committees asked intelligence officials on Friday for regular briefings on whether Iran is complying with an interim agreement to rein in its nuclear program, as Congress weighs whether to impose a new round of sanctions on Tehran. President Barack Obama's administration has urged lawmakers not to impose more sanctions during negotiations over Iran's disputed nuclear program, saying it could alienate both the Islamic Republic and other countries involved in the talks by making Washington appear to be acting in bad faith.
Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi announced on Friday that he will run for re-election next year, ending speculation that one of the longest serving Republicans in Congress was ready to retire. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, said in an interview with a Mississippi newspaper that he is seeking a seventh, six-year term. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978, after six years in the House of Representatives. Cochran faces a Republican primary challenge by Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel, a favorite of the anti-Washington Tea Party movement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is open to finding a way to offset the budgetary costs of extending emergency jobless benefits, a top official said on Friday. White House economic adviser Jason Furman said economists generally believe programs like emergency jobless benefits need not be funded by making cuts to other programs or through revenue hikes. "But certainly if what Congress wants to do is pay for it, that's something that we could work with them on," Furman told Reuters in an interview. Emergency jobless benefits for 1. ...