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Young people sign up for Obamacare, premiums drop, per report GOP will likely dismiss

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Ooo, another Obamacare good news story. Ruh roh! Get ready for Republicans to:

1. Dismiss the report entirely...

2. Make up their own numbers...

3. Lie about the report's content on Fox, then continue to distort the distortions until they...

4... morph into their own "news story" because the Foxers will repeat it so often that their other shows will use the hosts' commentary as headlines...

5. Wish The Affordable Care Act into the corn field while writing up more destined-to-fail bills to repeal Obamacare.

Read it and weep, GOP. Via the Los Angeles Times:

The average premium paid for Obamacare coverage on a leading insurance website has dropped by nearly $100 a month since October as more young people sign up, a new industry report shows. [...]

The average premium for 2014 health plans sold through EHealth tumbled from $370 a month to $273 over that period, which the company said reflects a higher proportion of younger applicants.

See, the whole point is to get enough younger, healthier people to sign up in order to "help offset the higher medical costs of older, sicker policyholders in the overall insurance pool." And, oops, GOP! They're doing just that!

Oh, and about some of those rising rates we've been hearing so much about?

While rates are up, annual deductibles went down on average.

Many consumers are eligible for federal premium subsidies based on their income, shielding them from the full cost.

So there's that. Bummer, huh naysayers?

Fun fact: Minnesota had the lowest average premium for individual plans, and Oklahoma had the cheapest family plans. Alaska had the highest for individuals, New Jersey had the highest for family plans.

Did I mention that four million Americans have now enrolled on healthcare.gov and through state exchanges? What a commie Marxist French gay Kenyan failure.

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Cartoons of the Day: "This ice storm surely proves there ain't no global warmin'!"

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In my hard copy of today's Los Angeles Times, there was an ice storm related cartoon zinger that I couldn't pass up.

It's by the consistently astute David Horsey, and he nails it in one measly panel. He shares his version of what people are saying about the the "extreme weather phenomena," aka climate change, and pokes fun at the undeniable denial of deniers, aka a whole lot of Republicans.

To repeat, weather is not the same as climate:

weath·er
noun \ˈwe-thər\

: the state of the air and atmosphere at a particular time and place : the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place

: bad or stormy weather

vs...

cli·mate
noun \ˈklī-mət\

:  a region of the earth having specified climatic conditions

a: the average course or condition of the weather at a place usually over a period of years as exhibited by temperature, wind velocity, and precipitation

And to repeat times two, when it comes to "global warmin'" and ice storms, money talks, and right now it's screaming.

Here's Horsey's take, and please follow that link for his accompanying article:

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Cartoons of the Day: What Republicans hear when people say "Obamacare"

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One of our regular features here was a daily collection of political cartoons that Paddy used to post. We miss Paddy so much here at TPC, and we've neglected to post editorial cartoons regularly. However, in my hard copy of today's Los Angeles Times, there was a zinger that I couldn't pass up.

It's by Rob Rogers, and he nails it in two measly panels. He reveals what people are saying about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare vs the altered version that the GOP hear from the voices inside their tiny heads:

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For more on the realities, as opposed to the twisted fantasies that Republicans are spinning, see my previous post: New Obamacare attacks debunked. This is getting tiresome, GOP.

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New Obamacare attacks debunked. This is getting tiresome, GOP.

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Once again, attacks on Obamacare-slash-The Affordable Care Act have been debunked. How many times must we go through this? We already know the answer to that: Until President Obama is out of office, and/or until the success of the ACA is well-publicized, and/or until the public finally tells the GOP to STFU. Or all of the above.

Meantime, Jonathan Gruber-- a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network-- is debunking their most recent and pathetic little efforts in a Los Angeles Times op-ed.

He starts out by reminding us (read: informing Republicans) that there was a whole lot of good news in the report by the Congressional Budget Office: Premiums have dropped, the law will cost $9 billion less than they originally thought, and "the provision designed to buffer insurance companies from risk will actually raise revenue, not function as any sort of federal government bailout."

Got that, GOP? Read their lips: No bailout.

And about all those zillions of jobs that Obamacare will force people to leave. Wrong. Wrongier than wrong. Wrong ultra. Note to Republicans: There are times when Americans actually want or need to leave their jobs... voluntarily. And ironically, it's all about those "family values" that Republicans love to rub in America's face, the very same ones they often fail to adhere to:

[T]he CBO did not project lost jobs at all. Job leaving is not the same as job losing. Many Americans who may eventually leave jobs or reduce their work hours will do so by choice to make themselves and their families better off. Voluntary reductions are not a cost of the healthcare reform law, they are a benefit. [...]

The CBO projects that healthcare reform will reduce the federal budget deficit by $100 billion over the first decade and by more than $1 trillion over the second decade. Healthcare costs are also rising more slowly, in part because of provisions in the law. The economic gains from reducing the deficit and slowing healthcare spending likely outweigh any losses from slightly reduced labor compensation.

So much for those talking points.

With ways to ensure affordable health coverage no matter where they work, many Americans will be able to start small businesses or take new positions where they can be more productive.

Wait what? So this is not only better for small business start-ups (small businesses: another GOP talking point), but also for families (there go those pesky values intruding on them again) and *gasp!* the economy. Sucks to be so embarrassingly wrong, doesn't it anti-Obamacare blowhards?

If naysaying politicians really believe it is worth throwing 25 million Americans off the rolls of the insured to avoid a fraction of a percent of reduced labor market compensation, then they should stand up and say so. Otherwise, they are simply scare-mongering without presenting a constructive solution to our national health insurance crisis.

In other words, business as usual.
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VIDEO: Gay Republican equates Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson to Pres. Obama, Hillary Clinton

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This is what Duck Dynasty "patriarch" Phil Robertson had to say about black and gay Americans in his GQ interview:

I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.” [...]

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right. [...]

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

This is what Log Cabin Republican Gregory Angelo said to Craig Melvin on MSNBC this very morning:

[Mike Huckabee, who may run for president in 2016] was pointing out that just a couple -- about a year ago, Barack Obama was not yet a supporter of marriage equality. Just a couple of months ago Hillary Clinton announced her support of marriage equality. So on the one hand to have democrats celebrate someone as late as Hillary Clinton but to admonish someone like Phil Robertson who's not there yet shows there's a double standard at play and that's all we're pointing out.

Oh, so that's all you're "pointing out." Got it. Your oh-so-noble intention was to remind us that Robertson simply isn't "there yet," see, so he's obviously evolving, see, just like President Obama and Hillary Clinton did! It's all so clear now! All those slurs were just his endearing backwoods way of learning to eventually embrace and love thy gay neighbor, just exactly the way the president and former Senator Clinton came around to supporting marriage equality.

Ha! He sure showed those lefty Marxist Kenyan libs and their "double standard at play"!

Mr. Angelo also apparently forgot to "point out" that neither "Barack Obama" (by the way, show the chief executive a little respect and call him "President Obama," okay?) nor Hillary Clinton ever equated being gay with "bestiality, sleeping around, male prostitutes, offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers, drunks, and terrorists."

Details, schmetails. So much for that right wing talking point, genius.

Those things must have slipped what passes for his mind.

Nor did the president or former Secretary of State ever paint slaves as contented, happy-go-lucky black smiley faces who were just hunky dory with their "doggone" abusive masters. (Psst! Phil! You might want to go back and read the lyrics to those joyous little ditties you claim they were so merrily warbling.)

And finally, after watching the above video, a few of you may have noticed that Craig Melvin never challenged Angelo on any of those points.

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Video- CBS's Bob Schieffer to GOP Rep.: Is Iran Deal ‘Diversionary Tactic’ for Obama Admin?

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Got those RNC talking points right up there in the teleprompter eh Bob? Via.

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Video- CNN's Candy Crowley Repeats GOP Talking Points on Obamacare Rollout and Immigration

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I didn't know that dictation was a required course in journalism school. Via Heather.

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