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Morning Action: Final Obamacare Sign-Up Deadline Has Arrived… Again

OBAMACARE.  After a special two-week period that pushed back the enrollment deadline for Obamacare applications, the new deadline hit Tuesday at midnight, and it’s not entirely sure whether this will be the last extension or how many new people enrolled in health care plans (sub. req’d):

Administration officials wouldn’t release any enrollment updates Tuesday, nor would they say when those numbers will be announced. And unlike the final days of the regular sign-up period in late March, they also declined to discuss the number of people visiting the federal website or contacting call centers for assistance.

Based on testimony Thursday by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, however, the extra time is likely to have significantly boosted the coverage count. Sebelius told a Senate committee that 400,000 more people had enrolled since the original March 31 deadline — pushing the total to 7.5 million Americans.

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Morning Action: Minimum Wage Vote on the Horizon

MINIMUM WAGE.  The Senate is expected to debate and potentially vote on a minimum wage bill when they return from recess.  The effort is being led by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Tom Harkin0%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0%, who hopes Republicans will proceed to a new version of his proposal to raise the hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016 (sub. req’d):

Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid7%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard7% said Friday he was slotting the minimum wage for action on April 30, two days after lawmakers return from the two-week recess. “Oh yeah. I’m going to get to it. We’ll do it on Wednesday,” he said.

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THE HERITAGE ACTION SENTINEL PROGRAM: IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Mary Ann McCarthy, Brian Bowman, Heather Cordasco, Dick Manasseri, Katie Spee, Gary Kubiak, Traci Chadbourne, Jim Duncan. Eight conservative activists. Eight defenders of freedom. Eight Sentinels.

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with each of these Sentinels, all from different areas and backgrounds. They all have one thing in common. They are deeply concerned about the direction of our country and are taking action get America back on the right track.

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Morning Action: Sebelius Resigns as HHS Secretary, Obama Set to Nominate Replacement

SEBELIUS.  Kathleen Sebelius has resigned Thursday from her position as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS):

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, nine days after President Obama trumpeted the news that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for Obamacare by the first deadline despite a near-calamitous rollout of the health care law under her leadership.

Some White House watchers noted at the time that Sebelius did not join Obama at the podium as he celebrated the surge in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, nor did he recognize his Cabinet secretary.