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Daily Meme: Must. Kill. Obamacare.

Despite the invincible conviction on the right that Obamacare is a disaster and that Americans are losing their health insurance, a newly released Gallup poll shows the number of people without insurance has declined to 15.6 percent—its lowest level since 2008. The rate of uninsured dropped among all age groups, but the Affordable Care Act has made a significant dent in the number of poor and minority Americans without insurance. As Joan McCarter at Daily Kos points ou t , the Gallup numbers are key to undermining the Republican talking point that most of those signing up on the insurance exchanges already had health insurance. The GOP's response? Must. Kill. Obamacare —also the party's strategy for winning the midterms . Fox News contributor Juan Williams says while that may have worked in 2010, it's no surefire bet this time—and Republicans have no Plan B. The question, writes The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn, is not whether Obamacare is making a difference. "The question is how big...

Daily Meme: Obamacare's Computer Problems

By today's Obamacare deadline, 7 million Americans will have signed up for health-care insurance through one of the Obama administration's online exchanges—despite continuing technical difficulties that have plagued HealthCare.gov since its launch. Shortly after midnight last night, site operators discovered a bug in the system that required them to take the site offline. Things were up and running by 9 a.m. but around noon , the tens of thousands of people rushing to sign up got a free ticket back to the days of dial-up . Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Joanne Peters said that 1.2 million people visited the site during the rush —three times as many as on its previous busiest day. (For a dose of "it could be worse" reassurance, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius could give a call to Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, whose state is scrapping its exchange and starting anew . ) Those stats, Republicans say, are as real as global warming . In...

Daily Meme: Nate Silver's Fickle Friends

Yesterday, former New York Times numbers nerd Nate Silver—who just launched his own site, FiveThirtyEight.com—set off panic among Democratic leaders by changing his projection about the makeup of the Senate after the midterms from "tossup" to "slight GOP advantage." Cue the denounciations. In an unusual move, today the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) issued a statement discrediting Silver's analysis (while at the same time calling FiveThirtyEight "groundbreaking"). "In August of 2012 Silver forecast a 61 percent likelihood that Republicans would pick up enough seats to claim the majority," wrote Guy Cecil, the Committee's executive director. "Three months later, Democrats went on to win 55 seats." Over at his blog, P.M. Carpenter takes the DSCC to task : "There's nothing like happy-face propaganda in the sorryass face of facts. Should Silver's facts re-shift in favor of Democrats, he will again be hailed by the DSCC as America's one statistician who has never erred."...

Daily Meme: Happy Straight Pride Day!

It's not just the scores of 30-somethings who revert to their frat-boy days and fill the streets with their drunken antics on March 17 that have led some in the gay community to call St. Patrick's Day the straight holiday. For a long time running, parades across the country celebrating Ireland's patron saint—including the New York City and Boston's—have refused to allow LGBT groups to join in the festivities. In Boston, things looks like they might have been different this year. After weeks of tense negotiations, it appeared MassEquality, a gay-rights group, would be able to send a delegation of 20 gay veterans to the Boston parade ... ... until the South Boston Allied War Veterans' Council, the sponsor of the event, specified that the participants could not let on in any way that they were gay. "It is our intention to keep this parade a family friendly event," the organizers said . "We will not allow any group to damage the integrity of the historic event—or our reputation as a safe...

Daily Meme: Three Weeks and Counting

President Obama's plot to turn the United States into a paradise for the proletariate is going precisely as planned. According to a survey conducted by the Gallup organization last month, the percentage of Americans without insurance has dropped to 15.9 percent—the lowest rate since 2008. Left-leaning analysts like The Washington Post 's Greg Sargent are cautioning liberals not to get too excited . According to Gallup's numbers, the rate reached an all-time high of 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013 At Bloomberg , Jonathan Bernstein concludes that "[t]he new data should, at the very least, make us slightly more confident that Obamacare isn't radically increasing the net number of uninsured. I wouldn't go much farther than that." That's certainly a lot of qualifiers. The rate of uninsured African Americans showed the largest drop of any minority group, from 20.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013 to 18.3 today. But results were less promising among Hispanics—the group most...

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