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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden sit during a meeting with Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew in the Oval Office of the White House December 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Before the First Family can depart for a Christmas vacation in serene Hawaii, President Barack Obama will stand before the White House press corps for the ritualized year-end news conference.
The pressing questions will focus on the immigration-legislation limbo, reforms of the National Security Agency, and, of course, the Affordable Care Act. Last night, the Obama Administration made the surprising, if not confusing, announcement that Americans who had their health plans cancelled would be exempt from the requirement to sign onto a health plan.
Why make the change now? How will it affect what’s thought to be his legacy law? What will the President want to remember, and want to forget, about 2013? What should he focus on for 2014?
Kitty Felde, KPCC Washington Correspondent
David Mark, Editor-in-Chief, Politix.com (with an x!); Former Senior Editor, POLITICO