Day: November 13, 2013

Obamacare’s first month: 106,000 signed up

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New York (CNNMoney) — Some 106,185 people signed up for Obamacare in its first month of operation, a period marred by major technological problems with both the federal and state enrollment websites.

Fewer than 27,000 Americans selected an insurance plan through the federal healthcare.gov site, which is handling enrollment for 36 states, according to figures released Wednesday by the Obama administration. The site is still far from fully operational, leaving tech experts racing to get it working by month’s end, as the administration promised.

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Jamie Foxx Hosts Star-Studded Fundraiser For Trayvon Martin’s Family

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Jamie Foxx showed his support and dedication to Trayvon Martin’s family by hosting a star-studded charity event at his Los Angeles home this past weekend. The late teenager’s parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton were in attendence, along with a handful of Jamie’s famous friends including Tyrese, Larenz Tate, Marques Houston and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

The fundraiser helped raise money for the slain 17-year-old’s family and the Trayvon Martin Foundation. According to reports, Russell Simmons donated a six-figure check and activist Harry Belafonte delivered a speech.

“A powerful gathering of “Influence” organized by @iamjamiefoxx this brother and friend raised a lot of money on behalf of the Trayvon Martin foundation,” Tyrese shared with his Instagram followers. “I showed up cause I’m uncomfortable with injustice…Jamie Foxx I’m very proud of you and HOW you’re using your influence.”

Tank added, “We ALL showed up to support the Trayvon Martin Foundation event that…

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Pebbles Tells Wendy Williams Chilli “Absolutely” Had An Affair with L.A. Reid [VIDEO]

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Perri “Pebbles” Reid continues to push back against how she was portrayed in the recent VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. After releasing a statement calling the movie “defamatory,” TLC’sformer manager appeared on The Wendy Williams Show today to give more of her side of the story.

Much of the interview consisted of Pebbles asserting that Chilli had an affair with her ex-husband, music executive L.A. Reid.

Check out some of the highlights, plus video, below:

On if she ever caught Chilli and L.A. Reid having sex:

“Let me explain something to you, I would’ve caught a case, had I seen something like that back then. That didn’t happen. That didn’t happen!”

On if she believes Chilli was sleeping with L.A. Reid behind her back:

“Absolutely. I didn’t know. I suspected a couple of things, but I didn’t want to believe that. And for years, I didn’t…

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Enforcing The Health Law Mandate: What The IRS Can & Can’t Do

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The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is perhaps the most controversial piece of the health reform legislation. The law requires nearly all Americans maintain “minimal essential” health insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2014.

Several states filed suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services claiming the mandate is unconstitutional. The states were unsuccessful in their suit, and the Supreme Court’s June 2012 decision upheld the law that required those who fail to comply make a “shared responsibility payment.” This penalty will be collected by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the same manner as other tax penalties.

Attorney Neal Graham with the firm Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh in Memphis explains how the Supreme Court rationalized the constitutionality of the mandate:

“Historically, a ‘tax’ is a payment made by an individual as a result of the receipt of a privilege or benefit from the government.” While uninsured individuals…

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