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First live show of the new year! Also, first show broadcast from beneath a glacier! Greg Dworkin's power hadn't gone out yet, so he joined us for a roundup of ACA news, including Josh Marshall's "As Obamacare Sign-Ups Surge, So Does Conservative Rage," the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment study, and comment on it by Adrianna McIntyre and Austin Frakt. Also discussed: the De Blasio inauguration coverage, the snowstorm, and Ezra Klein's maybe-sorta plan to start planning something, and why the NYT is so interested in it. Next, some musing on the coverage of the expansive and still-growing NSA stories, starting with the centrist "balance" game on the subject, Michael Dearing's "The NSA and the Corrosion of Silicon Valley," and Julian Sanchez's "NSA Stabs Silicon Valley in the Back." Lastly, "The Japanese Mob Is Hiring Homeless People to Clean Up Fukushima," and "Navy sailors have radiation sickness after Japan rescue." How are they related? That's not so hard to see. But how are they related to the NSA stories? Only KITM bothers trying to make THAT connection!

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  •  John Marshall at Talking Points Memo (1+ / 0-)
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    David Waldman

    has been giving our brainwrap, aka Charles Gaba, a lot of credit in a series of articles for the numbers brainwrap and other Kossacks have put together on ACA coverage at, now over 9 million in all. (My tiny part has been to document the extent to which Indiana is trying to do as little as possible to help, and not let anybody know about the results.)

    We have been going over the ever-changing Republican talking points on ObamaCare described in Marshall's Conservative Rage piece, along with the ever-improving numbers (both because we are getting more data from various sources, and because the totals keep rising everywhere for the Exchanges, for Medicaid, for SCHIP, for under-26-year-olds; for people getting through, and then signing up, and then getting connected to insurance companies, and then paying, and then getting their plan packets; and for the health care industry working to make it all happen.

    The latest is major pharmacy chains such as CVS and Walgreen's announcing that they will fill prescriptions for people who have their Exchange enrollment data even without the insurance company membership cards or even plan numbers, for at least the next week. Then those people will be good for a month or more, depending on the lengths of the prescriptions their doctors write. If you or anybody you know has been going without, hop to it.

    We are talking about real money here for the pharmacies, enough to make it worth their while to go beyond the letter of the law. Corporations are well aware that getting a customer in the door the very first time is critical to building long-term loyalty.

    We also have new data that expanding Medicaid is indeed reducing Emergency Room visits in states that have done it.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 01:52:22 PM PST

    •  yeah we gave brainwrap credit (0+ / 0-)

      on today's shows and several previous shows.

      "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 Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 02:55:42 PM PST

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