News roundup: Obama to join Obamacare health care exchange
Published: March 22, 2013 10:52AM
Updated: March 22, 2013 08:29AM
In this Sept. 9, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress on healthcare at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, pool)

Obama to join Obamacare exchange. The Gingrich-Santorum ticket that almost stopped Romney. Huntsman Sr. jokes about 2016.

Happy Friday. If you want to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk: President Barack Obama confirmed that he'll enroll in a health insurance exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare - despite having easy access to excellent health care through the White House Medical Unit and the official physician to the president. [Politico]

Topping the news: The great untold story of the 2012 presidential race: Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were in secret negotiations to form a "unity ticket" that could have kept Mitt Romney from the GOP nomination. The problem: Gingrich and Santorum couldn't agree on who should be president. [BusinessWeek]

-> Jon Huntsman Sr. jokes at an announcement in Louisiana that he's not sure who he'd vote for in 2016: Bobby Jindal or Jon Huntsman Jr. [NoLa]

Tweet of the day: From @meggfishy: "Gosh, it's great to see Harvard students finding success!"

Happy birthday: To Sen. Orrin Hatch (79 years old today), state Rep. Jacob Anderegg and Utah GOP field coordinator David Nielsen.

New gig: Former Jon Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller has joined with Mitt Romney's former campaign manager, Matt Rhodes, to start a new PAC called America Rising. [AmericaRising] More here: [WaPost]

In other news: Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell passed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with only three Republicans - including Sen. Mike Lee - voting against her confirmation. [Trib]

-> After some leadership shuffling in Taylorsville's City Hall, newly-minted Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach and Councilman Brad Christopherson are settling into their new roles.

-> State regulators gave Arches Health Plan, Utah's first and only health insurance co-op, the green light to start enrolling patients on Oct. 1, with coverage set to begin next year.

-> While it would require the city to pour in an extra $4 million, offering naming rights opportunities for a new downtown megatheater could pull in up to five times the initial investment for Salt Lake City, says an analyst. [Trib]

-> Five mayors from around the Salt Lake area teamed up to hand-deliver dinners for Meals on Wheels, which brings dishes to homebound senior citizens around town. [Trib]

-> TSA agents found two more guns - both fully-loaded Glocks - in carry-on luggage at Salt Lake City International. [Trib]

-> Bob Bernick and Bryan Schott discuss whether Gov. Gary Herbert will veto the conceal and carry bill, and the ethics legislation effort. [UtahPolicy] Bernick opines on the conceal and carry issue, noting Herbert warned lawmakers about it. [UtahPolicy]

-> Utah businessman Sam Skaggs dies at age 89. [Trib]

-> Paul Rolly writes about two competing approaches to immigration in the Utah County GOP platform. [Trib]

-> Pat Bagley goes after Rep. Chris Stewart on his hesitancy with man-made climate change science. [Trib]

Nationally: The House gave a final nod to a stopgap bill that keeps the federal government afloat through Sept. 30, a day after the Senate passed the measure. [WaPost] [NYTimes]

-> While 2016 is still far on the horizon, the GOP seems to be taking a turn for the young, as rising conservative stars Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky. and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. make some strategic - and possibly presidential - moves. [Politico]

-> Rubio and Paul might have a competitor in Dr. Benjamin Carson, a Baltimore surgeon who, despite his lack of political experience, has fired up conservatives in his heated rallies against ObamaCare. [NYTimes]

Correction: Thursday's Cornflakes schedule for Rep. Rob Bishop was incorrect. We apologize for the error.

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