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gold, silver, bronze plans and % bought on ACA state and federal exchanges
Wonkblog charts ACA data
Jason Millman:
Twenty percent of all people who chose plans in the Obamacare marketplaces went with bronze, and 65 percent chose silver — both were up from 18 percent and 63 percent, respectively, at the end of February. The percentage of those picking gold (9 percent) and platinum plans (5 percent) through the end of the enrollment period were down slightly from February. Overall, 2 percent chose catastrophic plans.

The mid-level silver plans, in which insurers cover 70 percent of the costs, seem to hit the sweet spot for customers who got federal aid. Those plans also offer an additional benefit that other metal levels don't. People signing up in silver plans who earn less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level — $29,175 for an individual, or $59,625 for a family of four — are also eligible for assistance for out-of-pocket costs.

But let's go a little deeper in what people are choosing this year, with help from some charts courtesy of Wonkblog's Christopher Ingraham.

Michael Hiltzik:
Positive news reports about insurance enrollments under Affordable Care Act have been coming out so steadily that they barely make headlines anymore. Still searching for a way to depict Obamacare as a "train wreck," GOP critics of the law have no option but to make up the bad news.
Before we get to that, let's examine the latest statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services, released Thursday. The HHS report, which updates figures to April 19, toward the end of the extended enrollment period for 2014, reveals that a total of 8.02 million people enrolled in individual health plans through the federal and state ACA marketplaces since Oct. 1. On the face of it, this beats the expectations of 7 million enrollments for the first year of the ACA.
Some of the enrollment trends tracked very closely to what experts anticipated, based on the experience of the Massachusetts healthcare reform ("Romneycare"). One expected trend was that enrollment would surge as the March 31 deadline approached; sure enough, 47% of enrollments came in the final month.
More politics and policy below the fold.

Just for fun, and in honor of the White House correspondent's dinner, former Senate aide (aka "Hill flack" according to journalists) Jim Manley describes various kinds of DC reporters. I'm in category #9.

WaPo:

A last-minute deluge of health insurance sign-ups came from states where political leaders have opposed the Obama administration’s health-care law, according to federal figures released Thursday.

In March and April, the number of people enrolling in plans more than doubled in the 36 states that chose not to set up their own marketplaces, the figures show. Most of these states deferred to the federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, in a show of resistance to the program.

Ever hear of MERS? You should know about it. It's low risk for you unless you are a health care worker (like SARS a decade ago).
Traveler to US is being treated for #MERS & is isolated from public under CDC recs to prevent exposure. There is very low risk to public.
@DrFriedenCDC
More from CDC:
CDC announces first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection (MERS) in the United States
MERS case in traveler from Saudi Arabia hospitalized in Indiana

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was confirmed today in a traveler to the United States. This virus is relatively new to humans and was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

“We’ve anticipated MERS reaching the US, and we’ve prepared for and are taking swift action,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “We’re doing everything possible with hospital, local, and state health officials to find people who may have had contact with this person so they can be evaluated as appropriate.  This case reminds us that we are all connected by the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink.  We can break the chain of transmission in this case through focused efforts here and abroad.”

On April 24, the patient traveled by plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London, England then from London to Chicago, Illinois.  The patient then took a bus from Chicago to Indiana.  On the 27th, the patient began to experience respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing, and fever. The patient went to an emergency department in an Indiana hospital on April 28th and was admitted on that same day. The patient is being well cared for and is isolated; the patient is currently in stable condition. Because of the patient’s symptoms and travel history, Indiana public health officials tested for MERS-CoV. The Indiana state public health laboratory and CDC confirmed MERS-CoV infection in the patient this afternoon.

“It is understandable that some may be concerned about this situation, but this first U.S. case of MERS-CoV infection represents a very low risk to the general public,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.  In some countries, the virus has spread from person to person through close contact, such as caring for or living with an infected person. However, there is currently no evidence of sustained spread of MERS-CoV in community settings.

CNN on what Hong Kong learned from bird flu and SARS:
It is the protocols honed in Hong Kong and around the world following SARS that offer the best way of limiting the spread of coronaviruses.
Knowledge is seen as key, with public education -- from hygiene such as hand-washing to preventative measures such as mask-wearing -- key to arresting the spread of coronaviruses.
Saudi Arabia is learning transparency is of key importance, recently replacing Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, its secretive health minister, with Adel Fakieh, a proponent of public education and openness.
Professor Malik Peiris, Director of Hong Kong University's School of Public Health, says SARS not only took everyone by surprise, it marked the re-emergence of infectious diseases as a major concern.
He says in the wake of SARS, not only were resources -- like isolation wards in hospitals -- reallocated to combat infectious diseases like SARS, but as a result Hong Kong has now become a center for infectious disease epidemiology and virology.
"There was also H7N9 (bird flu) which happened on our doorstep and this expertise was heavily utilized," he says.
Cool. @sciencemagazine just put two of my recent #Mers articles outside the paywall. http://t.co/... and http://t.co/...
@kakape
Jonathan Chait:
So [NBA Commissioner Adam] Silver initially hedged, then his view evolved as he slowly built a consensus and led from behind. Why can’t Obama make decisions more like that?
Ezra Klein:
Republicans and Democrats are more divided on race today than in 1985
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  •  It's Saturday, so why not reflect on teaching? (19+ / 0-)

    I reflect upon what should have been obvious but was not, in Saturday morning thoughts about continuing as a teache, which started as an update on Facebook, to which I decided to add a bit more

    take a look

    peace

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Sat May 03, 2014 at 04:32:21 AM PDT

  •  Read about that MERS case just yesterday (10+ / 0-)

    It is frightening that his symptoms didn't appear for three days and during that time he had traveled by plane and bus for what must have been more than 20 hours.  The CDC says there is little risk and no cause to worry in one breath and in the other they admit they do not know how this virus spreads.

    Last weekend I was at an event where young man sat down behind me and began intermittently coughing.  I moved my seat after a few minutes, but you can hardly do that on a plane.  My brother is pretty close to being a full fledged germaphobe and a good deal of that has begun to rub off on me - no pun intended.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sat May 03, 2014 at 04:52:00 AM PDT

  •  Dear Mr. Chait (3+ / 0-)
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    Have you been in a coma for the last six years or are you auditioning for a job with Fox News?

    If the Republicans ever find out that Barack Obama favors respiration, we'll be a one-party system inside two minutes. - Alan Lewis

    by MadRuth on Sat May 03, 2014 at 04:52:32 AM PDT

  •  Oh My....how many geniuses have staked their (4+ / 0-)

    campaigns on repealing Obamacare?........Can't get Huckabee's endorsement unless you want it dead.

  •  Off-topic, but for general consumption: (10+ / 0-)

    I created this in response to something a fellow Kossack said:

    Thought it was a good idea to have it accessible here.

  •  I'd love to see the Republican bar graph response (5+ / 0-)

    to this question:
    True or False, "Twelve Years A Slave" was a liberal fantasy since real Americans know "The Negro" enjoyed life under slavery?

    “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” ― Frederick Douglass

    by TrueBlueMountaineer on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:16:02 AM PDT

  •  12 Years A Slave (12+ / 0-)

       Whether or not it should have won the Best Picture Oscar is a matter of taste, but the differences between Democrats and Republicans regarding the worthiness of the movie's Oscar are SO vast that it raises the question... why would someone be offended by a negative portrayal of slavery? it's SLAVERY. It's a vile, indefensible practice. Rushing to the defense of slavery is like rushing to the defense of child rape.

       If you didn't like the movie because you didn't think it was that good, fine, but if you didn't like the movie because you were bothered that slavery was portrayed in a negative way, then you're a racist pile of filth of a human being.

    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:17:56 AM PDT

    •  And it was based on something that really happened (1+ / 0-)
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      oh, wait, that's probably why Republicans didn't like it - they are allergic to facts.

      •  I didn't like 12 years because it didn't give the (0+ / 0-)

        characters depth, follow through with the concept they were depicting or weave the story very well. I admit I'm old enough to  have watched "Roots" in its entirety.  It had all those things and more.  

        Realizing that "Roots" was several hours long, and allowing for the difference in length, I still think "12 Years" lacked depth.  Based on an actual book by the victim, it may have been that way but, geez, this is Hollywood!  Let us care deeply about the characters and identify with their whole circle of other slaves.  Even his wife, when he returned, was pretty darn cool to him.  The 'point' should have been so much sharper.  

  •  Y'know, in recent years the word "Republican" (16+ / 0-)

    has come to mean "hateful" in my mind.

    They're against everything that would benefit 99 percent of the American people.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:20:13 AM PDT

    •  I'm trying not to think that way (6+ / 0-)

      But it is becoming increasingly hard to see anything positive in recent years.

      You can't take the sky from me!

      by wrights on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:59:56 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  and now in mine more and more "treasonous" as (5+ / 0-)

      they give nods to neo secessionist and downright anti "United States" groups and individuals. Of course a better description might be "delusional" with flag waving, constitution waving "patriots" just hating that United States.

      "Cognitive dissonance" barely describes that base now.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Sat May 03, 2014 at 06:35:49 AM PDT

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    •  The very first Objective Moment (6+ / 0-)

      (as American Communists used to say about when to stop backing Stalin) was the 1876 selection [sic] of Rutherfraud [sic] B. Hayes as President in a corrupt bargain with Redeemer Democrats in the South. Florida had sent two competing delegations to the Electoral College, and there were problems in other states besides. The Redeemer Democrats meant to redeem the South's loss in the Civil War/War of Northern Aggression by establishing Jim Crow, including letting the Klans run riot.

      Hayes agreed to the removal of the remaining Federal troops from the South. Shortly thereafter Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act, preventing elected Black officials in the South from calling for Federal troops to prevent Klan violence at elections and the like.

      Posse Comitatus has been twisted into the Cliven Bundy doctrine that there is no Federal authority, only county sheriffs.

      Republicans did not definitively, totally, absolutely throw Blacks under every bus in sight until Goldwater initiated the Southern Strategy in 1964 by hiring Strom Thurmond's campaign strategist, Harry Dent, Sr. Jackie Robinson, who had supported Nixon on race issues in 1960, was at the 1964 Rebublican National Convention in 1960 and 1964 at the invitation of New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. He said of the 1964 convention that he had never seen such hatred directed at a White man (LBJ, for signing the Civil Rights Act) and that he felt that he understood better how Jews felt in Hitler's Germany.

      That would be the second major Objective Moment. As you observe, we are now in the third, the Republican War on Everybody Including Each Other.

      Everybody has to find their own.

      In this world of sin and sorrow, there is always something to be grateful for. As for me, I am grateful that I am not a Republican.
      H. L. Mencken

      The problem is that the relatively reasonable Republicans are leaving the Party in droves (which benefits the Democratic Party and the general public, slowly), leaving only the wackos behind to get ever louder and nastier as their numbers shrink and they become ever more ideologically pure. This is bad for everybody still under their power, particularly the 4.8 million people in the Medicaid gap, women losing access to abortion services, victims of gun violence, workers losing union rights, and so on.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:04:09 AM PDT

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  •  The Election Will Not Be About Obamacare (8+ / 0-)

      It will be about the economy. About jobs. And that is why the Dems remain vulnerable.

      We know that Obama's modest jobs programs have run into a brick wall because of House Republicans. I know that. Kos readers know that.

      The general public doesn't.

      Leaving aside that the Dems' devotion to third-way "solutions" is a big reason the real (99%) economy has continued to stagnate, the Dems haven't exactly applied anything resembling a coherent messaging strategy to tout those things that they HAVE accomplished, meekly allowing the Republicans to set the terms of the discussion.

      This has been a problem for decades. The national Dems have never shown any interest in fixing it. At some point, one must conclude that the Dem's chronic messaging ineptitude is willful.

    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:25:39 AM PDT

    •  Can we please stop this silly meme? (12+ / 0-)
      Democrats are so bad at messaging
      It's basically saying that if Democratic voters were sheep like the Republican Tea Party types, we'd have more solidarity and we could win more elections.
      I will repeat the meme that kos pounds in almost every diary:
      When Democrats turn out, we win.
      Our problem is not our messaging, it's our turnout.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:43:08 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's both (10+ / 0-)
        Our problem is not our messaging, it's our turnout.
          Our turnout sucks in large part because our messaging sucks.

           Our turnout also sucks because Democrats have this recurring habit of not doing what they were elected to do. Instead it's all about finding lame excuses (Filibusters! The Village might call us liberals! We can't afford to challenge the belief systems of rich old straight white males! ) NOT to perform.

          Our turnout sucks because Democrats are pushing job-killing garbage like the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Our turnout sucks because Democrats coddle Wall Street at the expense of the 99%. Our turnout sucks because Democrats appoint Comcast cronies to the FCC, endangering the free and open Internet. Our turnout sucks because Democrats give John Boehner 98% of what he wants in a fruitless pursuit of this "bipartisan" chimera which might make Cokie Roberts feel all tingly inside but does nothing for actual Democratic voters.

          Messaging is a problem. The actual performance of many Democratic officeholders is another one.
         

        "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

        by Buzzer on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:56:14 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  There are how many elected (0+ / 0-)

          Democratic representatives in the House and Senate?
          Versus how many registered Democrats?
          I would bet that Daily Kos gets more pageviews than say, the Democrats Facebook page in a random month, wouldn't you?
          So who is in charge of the "message"?
          And if you think Republican filibusters are a "lame excuse" for not getting more bills passed, how do propose we defeat them?

          Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

          by skohayes on Sat May 03, 2014 at 06:42:12 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Poor little lambs. Bless their hearts. Needing to (3+ / 0-)
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          be cajoled and herded by sound bites of catchy and appropriate "messaging" to do their civic duty.

          And we talk about that guy in Kansas that cannot vote in his best interest!

          The problem is that too many voters that turn out for some high interest race like Obama's two and fail to get off their asses to do the consolidation work locally, statewide and mid term. We often win the big ones and lose the little ones that populate the legislatures and thus leave those big winners twisting in the wind. Because so many that turned out for the last two presidential years got fickle, disappointed or otherwise occupied the big winner has spent now 2/3 of the term hamstrung by obstructionists in the House and near rebellion in some states. Can't be bothered this year? Lose the Senate? We can look forward to the last two in impeachment games.

          The messaging has been there, even the phone calls and mailing. There are just too many that can't be bothered and will let a big sale somewhere trump voting.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Sat May 03, 2014 at 06:48:33 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  There won't be any impeachment votes if we (2+ / 0-)
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            lose the Senate. What we will face is limited or no confirmations of judges and senior members of the Administration. With the filibuster reforms put in place
            by Harry Reid, if the GOP takes control of the Senate it is going to be ugly.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:02:13 AM PDT

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            •  Don't count on that. Lots of the "nut jobs" in the (3+ / 0-)
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              House are busy talking impeachment and if the House votes that out the Senate has to take it up. Now, one hopes even TP/GOP Senators have more sense, but . . .

              The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

              by pelagicray on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:29:32 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

            •  A GOP victory = Impeachment on the table (1+ / 0-)
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              skohayes

              Make no mistake about it. If the Republicans get the Senate and pick up seats in the House, their first order of business will be Obama's impeachment. They will impeach him over Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious and Obamacare.

              If you don't think they will do that, you're deluded. I get e-mails from my teabagger family members filled with total hatred for the "N" word in the White House. Several of them are involved in church prayer groups praying for Obama's removal. Others are openly sympathetic with the militia movement. One nephew writes insane books about how white people will rise up to overthrow Obama.

              Democrats MUST get to the polls and vote. 2014 IS the most critical election we've ever had!

        •  So True (1+ / 0-)
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          skohayes

          It is hard to rally the troops with your mouth shut and/or complaining only to those locals who agree with us.  Guilty here.  Also too old to put on my flower children costume and go marching anywhere.  
          It is the younger Democrats that will live with the results of this current high-speed reverse social movement that is going strong.  Those who can get out and demonstrate, form groups and scream loud enough to be heard over the GOP blabber, bawl, bully and blubber as they cry over their plight, should get off their asses and do it.  It is their world.  We older ones helped fight for their freedom and privileges; it's their turn to hang onto them.

      •  Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! (10+ / 0-)

        that meme drives me batty too. It is so self defeating and while kos' meme is better, we could still do even better than that.

        I'm attending an envelope addressing and stuffing event next week with local dems and we're treating it like an old fashioned quilting bee in that we're bringing talking points to share so that we're better prepared on our next  canvassing.  I plan on bringing the Richard Trumka piece that was in apr the other day.  This part in particular:

        Historically, midterm elections are decided by base voters, more so than swing voters. Working people will turn out for candidates who support solutions that would make a difference in the real world. We are not going to be fooled by poll-tested gestures transparently designed for use as political props.

        We will also turn out for candidates who tell the truth about what is happening in our country: candidates who speak clearly about falling wages and concentration of wealth and income, and about the astounding tilt in our economy and politics toward global corporations and the very rich.

        Most important, we are going to turn out to support candidates who offer a better future: candidates who squarely acknowledge that our society faces a choice between plutocracy and a future of shared prosperity — and who choose shared prosperity. That means candidates who stand for investing in the United States to create jobs and make our country more competitive, not giving tax breaks to companies that send jobs overseas or signing trade agreements that benefit corporations and not people. Those who stand for raising wages for the 90 percent, not cutting taxes for the 1 percent; those who support comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship and oppose mass deportations of families from our communities; those who have the courage to say that mass incarceration is a blight on our country; and those who know that unequal pay for women is an injustice.

        I'm hoping we can chop that down to an easy to remember talking point.

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:57:16 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I like Rich Trumka... (2+ / 0-)
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             ...always have, it seems. Campaigned for him when he was running for president of the UMWA. Back in the late 70's. His head is on straight!

          Compost for a greener planet.............got piles?

          by Hoghead99 on Sat May 03, 2014 at 06:42:24 AM PDT

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        •  i always went for (4+ / 0-)
          We here highly resolve…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
          As Mad Magazine put it in their hipster version back when hipsters were actually hip,
          The squares will never buy this bit, nor dig the lyrics we spiel here; but they can't ever put down what those studs did here.
          and the same for Gandhi or MLK or Desmond Tutu or, on another front, Elizabeth Warren and many others. Or kos. Or us.

          Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

          by Mokurai on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:23:37 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  And turnout comes from (3+ / 0-)
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        in large part, messaging.

        ALL of our institutions have been hollowed out by the greed ethos. There are none left with heart intact or souls for that matter. So the zombie is all around us - me

        by glitterscale on Sat May 03, 2014 at 06:11:31 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  It's policy, and refusal to stand up for working (0+ / 0-)

        Americans. The failure of minimum wage increase, the net neutrality debacle (how's that for messaging), the failure to pass card check and make it easier for workers to join unions...bad policy can sometimes be covered over by messaging (see GOP), but not always.

        Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

        by coral on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:35:21 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Refusal to stand up for working Americans? (0+ / 0-)

          We've had two minimum wage bills filibustered in the Senate in the last couple of months. Two bills to extend long term unemployment.
          How do you expect to get legislation passed, if you don't have enough votes for cloture?

          Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

          by skohayes on Sat May 03, 2014 at 02:58:29 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  The failure to repudiate Republican lies alone (1+ / 0-)
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        has done damage - that isn't messaging, it is a failure to message at all.

        Living in a red state, the lies surround me and are accepted as fact, bolstered by the sheer numbers who accept them as fact.

        For but one example:  Everyone seems to believe the ACA is government-run health care - a socialistic program.  If I try to explain to anyone that this is a Heritage Foundation plan designed to prop up the insurance industry they can't hear it.  But they hear it when Koch commercials attack our dem candidates for taking contributions from the health industry in order to "prop up the big insurance companies" and fail to recognize the dissonance.

        The willful ignorance that has grown like a plague in this nation is the most disheartening trend of all.  People seem to WANT to believe the lies.

        Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

        by Gustogirl on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:44:42 AM PDT

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      •  The 2014 mid-terms will be about Obamacare and the (1+ / 0-)
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        Economy......both advantages for Democrats.....

        The Republicans cannot win on Benghazi.......but they can win on turnout.....

    •  It still might be about Obamacare (0+ / 0-)

      We have the employer mandate starting this summer and fall where large employers need to have ACA compliant plans, and provide insurance for their employees, with some exceptions. This is the part of the ACA that will impact most people because the vast majority of Americans with health insurance receive it through their employers. If the employer mandate goes smoothly I think the ACA will not be a major factor in the 2014 midterms. However if the MSM finds, and highlights, enough negative outcomes the ACA could still be a challenge for Dems in 2014.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat May 03, 2014 at 06:58:08 AM PDT

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      •  It will be about the ACA (2+ / 0-)
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        but the other way around. Republicans have committed themselves to repeal, the train wreck, the Death Spiral, Obama's Waterloo, and a list of talking points that come pre-debunked now, because they have no issues with majority support, and they recognize the existential threat of the ACA to the Republican future. Bill Kristol explained it in 1993 when their problem was HillaryCare. (As it will likely be again.)

        The sum of all GOP fears

        "But how many have paid their first premium?" is one of the stock talking points. Republicans in Congress claim only 67%, while insurance companies increasingly often say 80% and more, sometimes 90%, and we know that many who haven't paid found a better plan or had to change plans due to changed circumstances.

        ACA Signups: Nightmares for Liars (update x1)

        "But how many were uninsured before?" is another. Gallup shows that 5.1% of the population that was uninsured in September of last year was insured in April. RAND and the Urban Institute back Gallup up as far as their research goes, to March. Some of those numbers are in the HHS report that just came out.

        Democrats, most notably the "Obamacare Six" Senators targeted by the Senate Conservatives Fund, have come out swinging against those who refuse Medicaid expansion or campaign on taking Obamacare benefits away from millions of people. Sen. Mary Landrieu, for example, is campaigning on the Jindal Gap, the Governor's refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana.

        Dems and MSNBC fight back on Obamacare

        Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

        by Mokurai on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:45:29 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  The ACA may be a political positive for the Dems (0+ / 0-)

          in 2016, but if you were to tell them it would be a neutral in 2014 they would jump for joy and take it in a heartbeat. I don't think you will see many Dems running on the ACA, but we won't have as many running away from it as we might have feared.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Sat May 03, 2014 at 01:06:57 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Then you haven't read my Diary (0+ / 0-)

            the one I linked to above. Dems are running on the ACA right now in 2014.

            Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

            by Mokurai on Sat May 03, 2014 at 04:21:32 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  I did read your diary (0+ / 0-)

              Some Dems are running on some parts of the ACA. We still have the employer mandate coming this summer and fall. How well that goes will determine how big a role the ACA will play in the midterm elections. If there are lots of negative stories in the MSM you will see Dems duck for cover again on the ACA.

              "let's talk about that"

              by VClib on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:43:37 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  The most vulnerable Senate Democrats are running (0+ / 0-)

                on the ACA, as I documented in that Diary. It is also a major issue against McConnell in Kentucky and Scott in Florida, among others.

                SHOP already has some results. Only Republicans believe that it will fail. We don't need any handwringing on our side.

                There are negative stories about the ACA all over the MSM, in spite of Dems running on it, and without impacting Dems running on it. I rarely see favorable stories except in WaPo (Sarah Kliff and Greg Sargent), NYT (Krugman), and on MSNBC and Univision. Those are also the only channels where you will see stories of Dems running on the ACA.

                Although a decreasing but substantial number of people hate Obamacare, they love what is in the ACA, and a clear majority even of Republicans (except in Congress) no longer wants repeal. We may not be able to change that perception, but we can definitely run on those facts.

                Don't accept the frame, and don't believe the unskewing.

                Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

                by Mokurai on Sun May 04, 2014 at 09:53:23 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  That's all history (0+ / 0-)

                  My point is that the employer mandate could start an entire new series of negative stories. Given that the ACA still isn't polling well (although its improving), it would be easy for the MSM to focus on all the negative stories that will surely be available when the employer mandates starts being implemented this summer. If that happens, and I hope it doesn't, you will see all those Senate candidates now running on Obamacare duck for cover.  

                  "let's talk about that"

                  by VClib on Sun May 04, 2014 at 10:47:37 AM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  That's what I mean by handwringing (0+ / 0-)

                    And no we won't. No matter what happens with SHOP, it has no effect on the 4.8 million denied Medicaid expansion, and the tens of millions who have Marketplace policies, Medicaid and CHIP expansion, protection on pre-existing conditions, and all the rest.

                    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

                    by Mokurai on Sun May 04, 2014 at 11:30:47 AM PDT

                    [ Parent ]

  •  From the Hiltzik piece (14+ / 0-)

    with respect to GOP claims that only 63% of enrollees had paid their premiums:

    Obamacare enrollment tracker Charles Gaba calls the House report "embarrassingly flawed" and, with uncharacteristic bluntness, a "pile of crap." He points out that the report assumed erroneously that premiums on all enrollments were due no later than April 15, whereas only 63% of all enrollment payments were due by then, with the rest due Wednesday (April 30) or even sometime in May. That's a big enough mistake to invalidate the entire study. Gaba adds further that figures from state exchanges in Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon, Minnesota and Connecticut are all coming in at 95% paid or above; there's no reason why enrollments on the federal exchange should vary significantly from those figures.
    emphasis mine.

    Good to see yet another shoutout to our Brainwrap in the trad med.

    I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. -- President Barack Obama

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:47:56 AM PDT

  •  In Crazy Rightwing News Today (14+ / 0-)
    Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.

    “They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship,” he continued. “Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”

    Alabama’s Chief Justice: Buddha Didn’t Create Us So First Amendment Only Protects Christians

    This is a STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE saying these words out loud.

    Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

    by skohayes on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:52:25 AM PDT

  •  Overpaid government workers? (7+ / 0-)

    YOU BETCHA.

    Ron Packard
    America’s Highest Paid “Teacher”
    Meet Ron Packard, of K-12 Inc., America’s highest paid
    “teacher.”
    George Zoley
    America’s Highest Paid “Corrections Officer”
    Meet George Zoley, CEO of GEO Group, and America’s
    highest paid “corrections officer.
    Richard Montoni
    America’s Highest Paid “Caseworker”
    Meet Richard Montoni, CEO of Maximus, Inc, and America’s
    highest paid “caseworker.”
    http://www.prwatch.org/...

    Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

    by skohayes on Sat May 03, 2014 at 05:57:44 AM PDT

  •  hey folks (11+ / 0-)

    come back tomorrow for a look at religious progressives and a conversation with EJ Dionne.

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Sat May 03, 2014 at 06:06:11 AM PDT

  •  Tell me more about MERS (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    rl en france, Amber6541

    Is it highly fatal and virulent? Does it happen mostly to people with weak immune systems? I wish I could work at the CDC.

    I love president Obama!!!

    by freakofsociety on Sat May 03, 2014 at 07:07:05 AM PDT

  •  Democratic messaging is brilliant on FB. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm hooked in to Battleground Texas, Hays County Democrats, Wendy Davis, Letitia Van de Putte, Sandra Fluke, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary PAC, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, Michael Cole, Lloyd Doggett, Al Franken, Mark Dayton.  Every one of them is on target, pushing equal pay, minimum wage raises, union support, the ACA, the evils of right to work laws, the failures of trickle down economics, the failures of privatization, the racism of our legal system, the undermining of public schools, the impact of fossil fuels on the planet, the destruction of state economies under Tea Party governance.  Messaging is not the issue, media is the issue and they're all using alternate media to reach actual voters.  I generally have significant news at least 6 hours before it hits DK, sometimes a full day before it's diaried.  I'm also spreading that news to my circle, some of whom are conservative.  They push back, mostly quit when I suggest they Google for facts and ignore Fox.  The message is clear, catchy, and often witty, and dead serious:  Republicans are dedicated to destroying the middle class, vote Blue!

    Battleground Texas will GOTV here because people are working hard, not fussing about third way or centrists or bad messaging or how mean the oligarchs are.  I hope other states have equally dedicated workers.

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Sat May 03, 2014 at 08:36:23 AM PDT

  •  I wonder if everyone who doesn't want (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Calamity Jean

    Gub'mint health care would want the CDC to get rid of the EIS officers at the international airports?

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sat May 03, 2014 at 09:15:50 AM PDT

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