You’ve seen the latest Obamacare numbers. They’re up. But there’s a downside, too, in that those taking the insurance tend to be older and, presumably, sicker. Right now, only 24 percent of insurees fall into the 18-34 age group. Obamacare is shooting for 38 percent. Of course, young people tend to wait until the last minute (if we can remember being young) and the final count won’t come until April 1. So, what does it mean? You know the answer. It depends on whom you ask.
If you ask Ezra Klein, he will tell you that the numbers are good enough to mark the death of the Obamacare death spiral.
If you ask Megan McArdle of Bloomberg, she’ll tell you Ezra has it wrong and that Obamacare is still in the ICU.
Americans for Prosperity, the oil-billionaire Koch brothers-funded group that promotes pro-corporate politics and policy, reportedly shuttered its office in increasingly Democratic New Mexico.
CU-Boulder’s Patti Adler, U.S. deviancy prof, is back in the classroom for a last waltz. Her course’s now-famous prostitution lecture is yet-to-be-scheduled this semester. “As students began filing out at the end of class, many stuck around to speak to Adler, some giving her hugs or shaking her hand.” Via Daily Camera.
Ft Collins Coloradoan rounds up some Northern Colorado lawmaker bills this session. Flood and fire recovery take precedent.
Surprise: The NSA might have snuck inside your computer (next to Intel). Via New York Times.
If you like your congresspeople progressive, you’re going to miss George Miller, who’s retiring. Via the Nation.
Guess who was supposed to monitor the spilled chemical in West Virginia? That’s right. No one. Via the New Yorker.
Getting no scoops while eavesdropping on Obama at a coffee shop talking Obamacare. Just call it journalistic fail, although journalist Robinson Meyer reports that he did see the president’s undershirt. Via the Atlantic.