Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on Monday responded to Sen. John Barrasso's (R-WY) claim that the administration has been "cooking the books" on sign-ups for health insurance under Obamacare.

"I think it's unfortunate that again, people who are not very enthusiastic about having the law work, haven't done any outreach to their constituents, haven't given accurate information are now suggesting that the enormous interest in enrolling for health care is not existing," Sebelius said on HuffPost Live.

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on Monday said that even though President Obama was criticized for appearing on comedian Zach Galifianakis' show "Between Two Ferns," the interview helped with health insurance sign-ups.

"Well, we definitely saw the Galifianakis bump," she said on HuffPost Live when asked if Obama's appearance helped send people to the health exchange website.

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With deadline to sign up for health insurance through the exchanges on Monday, locations with Obamacare navigators are seeing long lines of people looking to obtain plans under the the health care law.

People can sign up for insurance online, but the health care law also established navigator programs, which employ people to guide individuals through the sign-up process.

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 4 Republican in the Senate, on Sunday accused the Obama administration of inflating the statistics on health care sign-ups through the exchanges established under Obamacare.

"I don't think it means anything," Barrasso said on "Fox News Sunday" about the news that 6 million people had signed up for health care plans. "I think they’re cooking the books on this."

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) on Sunday said he supports Pope Francis in his effort to focus on less contentious issues, rather than on subjects like abortion and same-sex marriage.

"I don't think he's coming across lenient at all," Santorum said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when host Chuck Todd asked if he was concerned about the Pope's focus. "What he's doing is the right thing, which is-- he's looking at a world and he's looking at his faithful that are-- that are really struggling right now, struggling with their faith. And he wants to focus on the central thing, which is the good news."

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After President Obama used appearances on "Between Two Ferns" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to promote the health care law, "Saturday Night Live" offered a few more ideas that would make Obama's HealthCare.gov promotion go viral.

The SNL cold opener ends with the show's comedians portraying an epic kiss between Obama and Canadian-born pop star Justin Bieber, after the president poses for photo-opts with Kim Kardashian and the Pope.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reportedly apologized to GOP donor Sheldon Adelson after the governor used the term "occupied territories" to refer to the West Bank during a Saturday speech at a Republican Jewish Coalition gathering, according to CNN and Politico.

"I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across, and just felt personally how extraordinary that was, to understand the military risk that Israel faces every day," Christie said during his speech, recollecting a trip he took in 2012, according to CNN.

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