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Repeal time! More proof that #Obamacare is working.

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Please take a minute and eight seconds to watch a montage of the Repeal Party, er, GOP's predictions about what a gargantuan failure they were SURE Obamacare was going to be. Of course, something is sure to inspire them to attempt a 50somethingth House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which, by the way, is here to stay:

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There now, wasn't that fun? The entire Maddow Show segment is at the end of this post, along with another one that is sure to bring you much joy and pointing and laughing. So will this:

Via Roll Call:

Wall Street Journal: A new study released Tuesday by the Rand Corp. “shows 9.3 million Americans gained insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act took full effect, though most who bought policies through newly established exchanges weren’t uninsured and employers accounted for much of the rise in the newly covered.”

A total of 14.5 million people have gotten insurance since last fall. And as of mid-March, enrollment in Medicaid increased by 5.9 million.

Yeah, what a failure. Repeal that, GOP.

Did I mention that the Koch Brothers Received Millions In Obamacare Subsidies?

Below is the entire segment. And please watch the second video about how Obamacare isn't going anywhere, in which Rachel Maddow concentrates on Scott Brown's Awkward Adventures... because, hilarious:

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Number of Americans without health insurance hits new low; includes losses from canceled plans #Obamacare

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Republicans are turning themselves inside out to cope with the success of President Obama's health insurance enrollee numbers. They've tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act about 50 times, they tweet incessantly about how Americans are being hurt by Obamacare in one way or another, and they insist that the law is failing. But it is they they who are failing. To the GOP whiners, I say neener neener.

Oh, and there's this from the Los Angeles Times... yet another health insurance report that will make Republican heads explode.

The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the healthcare law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured.

Just 14.7% of adults lacked coverage in the second half of March, down from 18% in the last quarter of 2013, the survey from Gallup found.

The survey results, which track with other recent polling data and enrollment reports, indicate that about 8 million people have gained health insurance since September. That figure takes into account any losses in coverage the law may have brought about by the cancellation of health plans that did not meet the new standards.

Gallup's survey highlights a historic expansion in coverage unparalleled since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.

It also undermines critics' persistent claims that the law has done little to expand health insurance.

oh noesPlus, Gallup said that the late enrollees who will apply through April 15 "could further drive down the uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014."

but wait there's more smallerIt gets even better:

The drop in uninsured rates was most pronounced among African Americans, Latinos and households earning less than $36,000 a year, three demographic groups targeted by the Obama administration and others working to enroll people under the healthcare law.

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I'd prefer Medicare for All, but for now, this is an improvement over what we had. And it provides the added bonus of driving the GOP up a wall.

More here.

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Why Republicans hate #Obamacare, Pres. Obama aside. Hint: Their older, richer base.

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Republicans have never had a problem airing their grievances in the media, and the media have never had a problem giving them ample time to express their hatred of Obamacare. We've heard it all:

The Affordable Care Act is going to lead to a dictatorship and President Obama will take your guns!

Obamacare is a Muslim plot to allow us all to be ruled by Sharia law!

The ACA has legalized those Evil Death Panels and will require our doctors to kill us once we sprout a few gray hairs!

Obamacare is really a cover for BENGHAZI!!! With lots of !!!s!

Obamacare will drive our economy into the ground and we'll all die (thus eliminating the need for Evil Death Panels)!

Obama wants to be Prescription Writer in Chief and drug us all so he can exert his magic powers and cast a giant spell that will force us to do his Commie Marxist fascist gay French Kenyan bidding!

However, one Republican grievance has gotten very little play, if any, on the Tee Vee Machine. The Los Angeles Times clarified a few things, and they go a little something like this:

The beneficiaries are mostly low-income working families that qualify for subsidies designed to make insurance more affordable, and people farther down the income ladder who benefit from the law's expansion of Medicaid.

A smaller, but significant, number of people will pay higher insurance premiums than they used to and, in some cases, higher taxes. Those people are disproportionately Republicans. [...] Americans 65 and older... are the only age group in which Republican supporters outnumber Democrats, according to an analysis by Gallup of 18,000 polling interviews [...]

Republicans also outnumber Democrats among upper-income Americans, who earn too much to qualify for the law's subsidies but who may earn enough to be hit by its new taxes. And affluent small-business owners, among the most loyal Republican voters, are heavily represented among the people who bought insurance on the private market before Obamacare.

So right now, per the Times, the ACA's costs and benefits are distributed unevenly, which is one reason that Republican voters are so ticked off.

Additionally, the GOP's older, wealthier base opposing the law feels their hatred more intensely than Obamacare supporters (Democrats) do their approval. So if President Obama can stir up his base's passions about how the law is improving their lives, then Democrats can stand a chance to gain politically.

Own it, Dems. Get out there and sell it. Let voters know that repeal-happy Republicans would yank health insurance away from and risk the lives of millions. Inform Americans, stir up support, and make this a winning issue.

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Good news that will make GOP heads explode #Obamacare

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At about 4:15 EDT today we will be posting a live video feed President Obama's remarks on the good news regarding the Affordable Care Act. It will include this:

More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance through Affordable Care Act exchanges through Monday night's deadline, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

A total of 7,041,000 people enrolled, Carney said, and that number doesn't include sign-ups that took place in recent days through state exchanges. Carney did not immediately say how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured.

For more information... http://www.politico.com

And those numbers do not even include those still in the queue (a number we don't know), per a tweet by HuffPo's Sam Stein.

Repeal THAT, GOP. So much for the "death spiral":

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But wait! There's more!

This time the good news comes directly from-- wait for it-- Fox! Yes, once again, Fox Biz (the name you can trust!) is helping us with our favorite GOP Head Explosion Cause: Obama victories. Check it out, via an email alert:

Manufacturing activity picked up slightly in March, with the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI gauge rising to 53.7 from 53.2 the month prior. Wall Street was looking for the gauge to rise to 54. Readings above 50 indicate expansion, while those below point to contraction.

Wall Street is rallying on the back of strong factory data and auto sales, driving the S&P 500 to a fresh record high. The broad-market barometer is up 0.6%, while the Dow is up 100 points. Meanwhile, traders are selling U.S. Treasury bonds, sending the yield on the 10-year bond up by 0.04 percentage point to 2.761%.

Say you're sorry, Fox Biz. Wink wink.

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Manufacturing Activity Highest Since April 2011 #BlameObama

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Oh now what? As opposed to memes to the contrary all over the Internets Machine, there's good news from (!) Fox Biz that's happening right now, under Socialist Marxist Commie Fascist President Obama's watch. What kind of crazy world is this that upbeat stories can be reported while he's still in the White House? Unheard of!

Via an email alert:

The Institute for Supply Management reports manufacturing activity expanded to 57.3 in November, from 56.4 the month prior, beating estimates the gauge would fall to 55. The reading is the highest since April 2011. Readings above 50 point to expansion, while those below indicate contraction.

While we're on the subject of good news, how's about this one? Report: Nov. O-Care site enrollment near 100K.

I'm sorry, I truly am, but I'm just the messenger here. However, there is no cause for alarm. Fox "News" [sic] will swoop in and negate anything positive in 5...4...3...2...

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"The Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party definitely are showing that they have growing influence"

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elizabeth warren wing of dem partyPhoto credit: Tim Pierce

As I said in this post, for medical reasons (and unfortunately, more have arisen) I have to cut back, so I'll be posting much less often. This is one of those times when I felt compelled to jump in, because this is positive news, something we all need to jolt us out of our constant state of frustration with Washington DC.

It comes via the Los Angeles Times in an article that explores the recent move by Senate Democrats that changed the filibuster rules:

After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration."

I understand but disagree. In a sense, it is time for celebration. We can celebrate the recent infusion of a few stiffer spines to the Democratic party, as in: not caving on the GOP government shutdown fiasco.

And we can celebrate the Democrats actually acting on their more-than-justified, long overdue resolve to end filibusters against most presidential nominations. Kudos Dems, you threw cold water all over the endless sabotage by Senate Republicans and their incessant obstruction that created a dysfunctional, do-nothing government. Or as I like to call it, Democracy Demolition.

Now it looks like there's more good news in our future:

Next on their agenda is extending the filibuster rule change from presidential appointments to legislation, which would enable the Senate to move on issues including gun control and climate change. [...]

"The Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party definitely are showing that they have growing influence in the caucus, and in government in general," said Matt Wall of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group that works to promote progressive candidates and issues in Democratic primaries. On Friday, Warren circulated a fundraising letter to supporters on behalf of Merkley and Udall, thanking them for their role in changing the rule.

So yes, there are a few positive outcomes after the years and years of blocking, dirty tricks, and efforts to derail and destroy President Obama and the Democratic agenda. Hopefully, a gobsmacked GOP is getting a taste of things to come.

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Quickie: Existing Home Sales Hit Highest Level Since 2007 #BlameObama

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Today's Quickie:

Because Fox Biz is the most reliable, trusted name in news ever, and because they report and then allow us to decide, I choose to share their email alerts with you. Besides, the report actually comes from the National Association of Realtors, not Fox, which effectively moots the previous point:

The National Association of Realtors reports sales of existing single-family homes rose in August to an annual rate of 5.48 million units from 5.39 million units in July. Economists expected the number to fall to 5.25 million units. The reading was the highest since 2007.

Blame Obama.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

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