By Elise Viebeck - 09/16/13 10:45 PM EDT
Co-sponsor count: The number of Republicans who support Rep. Tom Graves's (R-Ga.) bill to fund the government minus ObamaCare is up to nearly 60. The Hill's On the Money blog has the latest.
Negative ad watch: Powerful business interests have launched an ad campaign against ObamaCare's health insurance tax, which critics say will make health coverage more expensive starting next year. The Chamber of Commerce, America's Health Insurance Plans and the National Retail Federation are among the groups behind the new campaign. Advertisements are running in Beltway publications and in markets around the country.
The law's taxes aren't the only target this week — a group called Public Notice, which opposes ObamaCare, launched a six-figure online ad buy criticizing the Obama administration's exchange fix for Capitol Hill. The policy will allow the federal government to continue subsidizing lawmakers' and their staffers' healthcare when they obtain coverage on the new marketplaces. See the video here.
No more 'train wreck' fears: Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on Monday said he no longer fears ObamaCare will be a “train wreck.” Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said his memorable warning about the law earlier this year served its intended purpose by forcing the White House to deal with concerns about the rollout.
"We'll see Oct. 1, but I think they are doing a pretty good job," Baucus said in an interview with Fox Business Network. "I think the train is going to keep running, maybe not totally on time, but it's going to be pretty efficient." Healthwatch has more.
Enrollment predictions: A new survey by Citigroup found that investors expect 4 million people to sign up for ObamaCare's new marketplaces starting Oct. 1. Researchers predicted that the enrollment would "propel" healthcare stocks, even though the numbers may be less than the 7 million projected by the Congressional Budget Office. Read the story at Reuters.
FLOTUS to fight junk food ads: Michelle Obama on Wednesday will urge companies to stop marketing unhealthy food choices to children. The first lady will ask food and media executives to promote healthy choices while decreasing the marketing of unhealthy products to kids, according to a White House notice about the event.
The move could prove politically controversial, as Obama has come under fire from conservatives who charge the first lady is trying to dictate what people eat and drink. Read more at The Hill.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) will speak to mental health providers and advocates on her bill, the Excellence in Mental Health Act. The speech will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The Health IT Now! coalition will host a panel on innovative health technology in the Rayburn House Office Building.
The American Association for Cancer Research will highlight its Cancer Progress Report for 2013 at an event at the National Press Club. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) will speak.
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