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Republicans can stop denying 5 million working Americans health insurance any time they want

A confederacy of cruelty

This map should break your heart.

In white are the 24 Republican-led states that have refused to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. One state — Scott Walker’s Wisconsin — actually used expansion to kick some of its residents off Medicaid.

The results of this act of “spite,” as President Obama called it, are staggering.

5 million Americans who earn too much to be on Medicaid will remain uninsured.

The states who deny this coverage will have to pay for it in four ways: 1) taxes they can’t opt out of; 2) premiums in the health care exchanges will be higher by as much as 15 percent; 3) hospitals will see an estimated cut of 2.5 percent to their margins, which will likely cause many in these states to close, and 4) people, as many as 27,000 of them, will die for lack of insurance.…

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Why the super rich hate Obamacare and will never let the debate die

Republicans will keep fighting this law the way they fight Medicare, Social Security and ‘myths’ like climate change, evolution and the female orgasm

Conservatives combusted all over America on Thursday when President Obama punctuated his announcement that 8 million people had signed up through coverage in health care exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act by saying that the Obamacare debate is “over.”

“The Debate Will Be Over When the American People Say It’s Over,” The Weekly Standard‘s Jeffery A. Anderson blogged, the next morning.

Well, if that’s the case, the debate was over before we even knew that 7 million Americans had signed up for insurance in the Obamacare exchanges.…

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What has the least productive House of Representatives in history actually done?

Someone needs to learn the ‘culture of work’

President Obama pointed out last week that the 113th Congress will be the least productive in recorded history.

MaddowBlog‘s Steve Benen made this chart to show just how true this claim was:

However, it’s worth pointing out that while this House of Representatives will go down in history for accomplishing less than any House since at least 1947, it has done a few things that deserve recognition.

In no particular order, here’s what the House GOP has done:

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This is a fantastic pro-Obamacare ad — why aren’t there a thousand like it?

BREAKING: 14 to 20.3 million Americans gaining health insurance may be a good thing

Since news broke that enrollments in the Obamacare exchanges had broken 7 million, there has been a steady stream of positive indications for the law.

Signups in the exchanges continue at impressive pace as the deadline to complete applications nears. Medicaid expansion is taking off in Michigan and will continue all year long. But the best news is this new ad from a Super PAC supporting Alaska senator Mark Begich that makes the most effective case for the law — it ends discrimination against people who’ve gotten sick.…

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85,761 Michiganders have signed up for Medicaid expansion in 9 days

And the GOP plan is still repeal

After a three month delay that cost Michigan’s taxpayers $630 million, Healthy Michigan has enrolled 85,761 people since April 1, according to Charles Gaba’s

The program is expected to cover about 500,000 Michiganders.

Governor Rick Snyder recognized that turning down health insurance for a half million people that the state would pay for anyway was a bad a idea — especially after President Obama carried the state by 9.5% in 2012 — and accepted expansion.

The likely Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate Terri Lynn Land says she supports expansion, but she has repeatedly supported the Ryan budgets, which would repeal Obamacare with no replacement for Medicaid expansion.…

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Day 3 (Second Quarter Fundraiser): Chris Savage is my anti-Koch

Give a little, get a lot

Here’s some good news: After months of the Koch brothers’ front Americans for Prosperity spending millions of dollars to spread misinformation about Obamacare in an attempt to smear Gary Peters, Republican Terri Lynn Land now trails Peters by 5 percent.

The Senate Majority PAC has played a key role in this comeback with ads exposing Land’s Kochnections and her support for Paul Ryan’s cruel budgets.

But Eclectablog and our readers have also played a small but crucial role in helping to expose how the two stories in AFP’s ads were purposely abridged to deny the fact the families in the ads could be saving money thanks to Obamacare.…

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Forget debt, the real crisis for Paul Ryan is the that rich aren’t rich enough

Paul Ryan’s latest budget has the same goal as his last three budgets: It slashes taxes for the rich while slashing pretty much everything for everyone else.

The biggest benefit will go to the richest .01 percent — who have seen their share of income quintuple in the last forty years.

Those who earn over $1,000,000 a year would see an average break of $200,000 a year.

Because during a recovery where 95 percent of the benefit has gone to the richest 1 percent, somebody has to stand up for gluttony.

Paul Ryan’s entire argument to justify his budgets is that America is facing a debt crisis.…

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Paul Ryan just made sure health care won’t be a winning issue for the GOP in 2014

Are you running against Obamacare or for turning Medicare into Obamacare?

History may remember April 1, 2014 as the day that Obamacare’s health exchange enrollment number passed 7 million. But if Democrats are wise, they’ll make sure voters remember it as the day Paul Ryan released his latest budget proposal.

Again, with slight variations, the congressman from Wisconsin proposes to let Medicare wither on the vine for a decade as he transitions America’s best health care promise to seniors into a system where private insurers are subsidized to cover Americans 55 and under as they retire. This “premium support” model resembles Obamacare far more than the Medicare most Americans love.…

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GOP activist in Koch-funded ad attacking Obamacare costs turned down cheaper coverage

The real Obamacare horror story for the GOP? It helps the people it’s supposed to help

A new ad featuring a Grand Rapids resident complaining that her new health insurance plan is “not affordable” due to Obamacare leaves out an important fact. Shannon Wendt turned down Medicaid coverage for family, according to posts she made on her Facebook wall.

The ad from Koch-backed “social welfare” non-profit Americans for Prosperity neglects to mention that the Wendt family could be enjoying nearly fully subsidized government insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Hmmm. Seems kind of important.

Wendt preferred her old plan and wanted to keep her family’s doctor, which are completely understandable desires.…

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The conspiracy to pretend tens of millions of people aren’t being helped by Obamacare

How Republicans keep making the argument for single-payer

The White House announced on Thursday that six million people had picked a health insurance plan through an Obamacare exchange and Republicans said all at once, as they’ve been training each other to do, “BUT HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE PAID?”

“How many people have paid?” is a great argument against Obamacare, if your alternative were single-payer, where paying isn’t optional and everyone gets covered.

Single-payer is a fine alternative to Obamacare because we know it works! See: Medicare, which consistently controls costs better than our private health care providers. See also: the rest of the industrialized world, which covers far more of the population than far less than we spend.…

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