Morning Must Read: February 10

In the news: ObamaCare flaws, a debt ceiling showdown, and the 2014 midterms

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Millions are trapped in an ObamaCare coverage gap, earning too little for subsidies but too much for benefits under existing Medicaid programs. [WSJ]
    • Accenture, hired to help fix HealthCare.gov, has had a series of stumbles. [WashPost]
  • The clock is running on passing a debt ceiling raise. [Politico]
    • The Defeat of the Deficit Hawks [Hill]
  • A chastened G.O.P. tries to foil primary insurgents. [NYT]
    • “By targeting moderate Democrats on energy and gun control, the Left is helping Republicans retake the Senate.” [National Journal]
  • “Chuck Schumer is trying to call John Boehner’s bluff over immigration reform—but in a way that should, in theory, help Boehner bring along his antsy conservative allies.” [New Republic]
  • “Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?” [New Yorker]
  • Vice President Joe Biden talks with TIME about pot legalization, Obamacare, Sen. McConnell and his second term agenda. [TIME]
  • Presidents Barack Obama and Francois Hollande: “France and the U.S. enjoy a renewed alliance.” [WashPost]
496 comments
hivemaster
hivemaster

Good Morning, Hive!  It's Groundhog day!

collioure
collioure

Nitol.

My wife abandoned me again to go care for her sister post-op in the capital of the fake-France where we live 

I told her sister this evening that the lease rates for my wife were 50% higher in an emergency and twice that on Valentine's Day.

I just hope she survives all this so we can visit her in the Basque country next summer.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Thx to the guy who brought you the Power Rangers, Hil has a big advantage over everyone running in the Hispanic community.  Including Marco Polo.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Sue_N Republican and Leadership are probably not words that belong in the same room, much less sentence.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N

Well at least they hate Obama in unison. I know that doesn't feed the kids but it's a lot cheaper, right?

outsider
outsider

@collioure  

Your absolute delight in bad news is truly disgusting. 


And spare us your bs that you're just showing a link - you've come out and said you hoped ACA would fail so you could say i told you so. 



Oh, but look at this - it isn't as bad as the headline would make it seem (Surprise surprise)


By offering an unexpected grace period to businesses with between 50 and 99 employees, administration officials are hoping to defuse another potential controversy involving the 2010 health-care law, which has become central to Republicans’ campaign to make political gains in this year’s midterm election.

Even the nation’s largest employers got a significant concession: They can avoid a fine by offering coverage to 70 percent of their full-time employees in 2015 and 95 percent starting in 2016. Under an earlier proposal, employers with at least 50 employees would have been required to offer insurance, beginning 2015, to 95 percent of those who work 30 hours or more a week, along with their dependents.

Here is another paragraph:

A senior administration official, who briefed reporters on the proposal on the condition of anonymity because the rule was not yet public, said the Treasury Department decided to allow medium-sized businesses more flexibility because they “need a little more time to adjust to providing coverage.”

So, it seems that the law is being tweeked to work more efficiently. 

That dastardly Obama.. Oh, how dare he make things better, and fix problems rather than roll over and let the GOP leak on him! 


Of course the difference here is when Bush messed up his medicare plan, the Dems helped him fix it. Now the right wing (And guys like you) just want to stand around pointing fingers, and it's up to the administration to fix things themselves. 


But low and behold, they're STILL more competent than the GOP.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn  And here again is where the GOP's insistence that corporations can spend cash however they like and their continued eff-you to Hispanics will bite them in their butts.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91  Sooner or later, Fox is going to have to decide which wing of the GOP it sides with – the Chamber of Commerce wing or the lunatic wing.

Tero
Tero

@mantisdragon91  

They would have preferred she stay silent (uneducated and unemployed) in her parents house until she is married off to a life of bare-footed pregnancy. Duh.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@TerryClifton02  Important question: will people be denied the right to march if they don't bring ID? If not, then the "irony" falls apart.

Tero
Tero

@TerryClifton02  

I get why that is funny to you, and as a Canadian, I have to show my ID when I vote. However, you must realize that the voter ID laws proposed by Republicans are meant to suppress voter turnout amongst people who typically vote Democrat.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@mantisdragon91 @Sue_N  Would have been better if he'd just written "Republicans in charge" rather than leadership.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@fitty_three @Sue_N  Now you understand why every Republican down here runs on the platform of "stopping Obama," no matter what office he or she is running for. That way, they don't actually have to do anything.

collioure
collioure

@outsider  

Are you really this gullible?

This is a purely political move related to the November 2014 election.


And please don't throw that GOP stuff at me.  I'm not a Republican.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@outsider  Please. My dogs would be more competent at governing than the GOP.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@collioure @nflfoghorn Subtlety - and your penchant for ignoring everyone else's links - get you nowhere.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MementoMori  

Considering the nutballs I saw at the Puyallup show I went to, this is a wise decision.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

Regardless of the others, poo is poo and any analysis you do with FUX propaganda only results in more poo. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@collioure

It's too bad that you've totally immersed yourself in their meme, served up moment by moment on FUX.

But whatever you are (liberal is definitely not it), it's your loss.

Gawd help you if they ceased operations.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N

It's an age old strategy that is practiced by totalitarian regimes. Keep the masses believing that their plight is caused by a roundly hated 'someone else' so they can continue to keep the status quo, the money, and the power in their hands, unquestioned.

After all, they're there to protect them, right?

outsider
outsider

@collioure  

I'll make you a deal. If you don't want me to throw the GOp stuff at you because you're not a republican, then don't parrot the GOP talking points. 

I'm happy to treat you as an independent when you act independent.But as long as you just quote Fox talking points, then you're gonna be labelled a right wing GOP supporter. 



collioure
collioure

@outsider @collioure 

Hey, if you have some more positive news about the Obama admin, be sure to post it.

Just not the lies that earn three or four Pinocchios in the Vashington Post.

outsider
outsider

@collioure @outsider  

You missed the part where i said spare me your bs. 


And spare us your bs that you're just showing a link


If it was really just news, you wouldn't have posted it. 

You think no one knows your motives by now?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@yogi

You've proven my point. They'll vote in their interests, not against them;-)

yogi
yogi

@fitty_three @Sue_N

And in other news, Sue_N's dogs today have voted for the 46th time to repeal the leash law.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@Sue_N

However your dogs decide, they have a 50/50 shot or better of making the right decision;~)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@nflfoghorn  

It's the one immigration issue that cut in the GOP's direction.  At least, it used to, till they went after Sotomayor.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@Sue_N @nflfoghorn  Since the Carter admin fair-complexioned Cubans have largely been given a pass when they come to our shore.  Darker-complexioned Cubans and Hatians...Havana and Port-au-Prince are THAT a way.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@nflfoghorn @Sue_N  Yeah, that's another thing the GOP doesn't get (thing no. infinity) – there is a huge difference between Cubans and Hispanics. Cubans typically do not consider themselves Hispanics (and typically look down on non-Cuban Hispanics) … except Cubans running for office in an election season. And non-Cuban Hispanics resent the hell out of Cubans, who basically qualify for permanent residency as soon as they step foot on US shore.

Then again, the GOP doesn't really do nuance, so …

fitty_three
fitty_three

@TerryClifton02 

I do. But much more subtly, it's a way in which the purpose of such laws are circumvented.

See above peer reviewed statistical analysis.