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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an election campaign fundraiser in Stamford, Connecticut, August 6, 2012.  REUTERS/Jason Reed
Ah, Politico. Here's how they turn the story of Obamacare's increasing success in the states into what Politico does best.
President Barack Obama has bungled HealthCare.gov so badly that he’s told senior aides to not even try to win positive coverage from the national press.

Instead, they’re going local.

In the past month, Obama and his Cabinet have hit nine of the top 10 cities with the highest concentration of the uninsured, while senior administration officials have held almost daily reporter conference calls in nearly a dozen states to challenge Republican governors who refuse to expand Medicaid.

Of course, President Obama could also be targeting the cities with the most uninsured because those are the people the law is intended to help, and that using local news to disseminate information might be the best way to reach people in those cities because of a variety of reasons. Like they need to know how to access the information or assistance that is specific to where they live. Or because working with the local news instead of outlets like Politico is more effective because the majority of the population of the country doesn't even know Politico exists (sob).

But there's also this—local news is actually doing a damned good job of reporting where things are working, because maybe local news cares about what's important to their readers and viewers. For example, in Kentucky: "Kentucky's program, Kynect, has enrolled 56,422 Kentuckians as of Nov. 22 [...] [A]n additional 22,000 have entered personal information through the website and have found they are eligible for subsidized insurance but have yet to pick a plan."

From Indiana: "There are exciting changes ahead for a local health center that for years has been providing health services to the poor in the Wabash Valley. A recent infusion of federal dollars will allow The Wabash Valley Health Center, commonly known as St. Ann Medical and Dental Services, to continue to provide health care, expand its services and reach more people in the Valley."

Here's an editorial from Kansas, a state refusing Medicaid expansion: "Continuing to deny Medicaid expansion may hold a misguided political appeal, but it will do a grave and shameful disservice to Kansans and Kansas hospitals."

In Kentucky, in Indiana, in Kansas, that's the news that people in those states want and need.  If outreach from President Obama in those states helps focus attention on that, what's bad about it?

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 08:36 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  aren't the Kochs paying a bonus for bad news? (14+ / 0-)

    controlling the narrative is so time consuming.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 08:41:03 AM PST

  •  what's bad about it; (30+ / 0-)

    1. It's not a story that lends itself to false equivalence.
    2. It needs no Republican counterpoint. Republicans are totally irrelevant to this story.
    3. It makes a positive point about a major political policy that has mostly been used as a convenient scapegoat/proxy for beating up on Obama.
    4. It signals many things, all bad for the current narrative Politico has so busily flogged since forever.
      a) the ACA is still something a lot of people want
      b) the Worst Website in the History of Forever is getting fixed
      c) Politico and the rest of the Pretend Objective Media will need to invent another meme, and that's hard.

    All of this gives Politico a sad.

    Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

    by kamarvt on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 08:56:32 AM PST

    •  I don't think ACA is something most people want (0+ / 0-)

      ACA, does, however, provide some things that most people want and/or need.

      I'm starting to believe it may even be a step towards real health care reform, though I remain skeptical.  

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      by dinotrac on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:40:36 AM PST

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      •  yes it is something most people want (0+ / 0-)

        and they don't care what you think any more than they care about fucking Politico.

      •  "a lot" ..."most" (0+ / 0-)

        a lot of people are signing up. Number climbing faster over time.
        Just a fact. Signaled by recent numbers. Nothing indicating any change in that trend.

        Subbing in 'most' for 'a lot' immediately led to a pie fight.
        Pie fights suck.

        Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

        by kamarvt on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 12:28:32 PM PST

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        •  Not sure what "a lot" is for sign ups. (0+ / 0-)

          I believe the goal is 7 million.

          State exchanges -- those that work well -- are getting some good activity.

          One troubling note I read somewhere is that, in California, only about 22.5% of those signing up are young people and the target is 30-something.

          Don't know how accurate or meaningful that report was.

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          by dinotrac on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 12:51:42 PM PST

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    •  Here they go again (2+ / 0-)
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      Since Politico is intended to be the Villagers' house organ, it is simply signaling that the Villagers are not ready to move on to some other issue.  Villagers like the way ACA troubles confirm their positions and power relationships.  We should expect a lot more of the same sort of recycled talking points for the foreseeable future.

  •  who was it who said... (19+ / 0-)

    That POLITICO was the "Tiger Beat" Magazine of Political Reporting?  I would love to give them attribution because it is spot on but cannot remember.  Gossip rag.  All that is missing is a "best/worst dressed of the week" list.  

    •  Politico had an article on Kim Kardashian (8+ / 0-)

      comparing her to Michelle Obama.

      So, I wondered, who is Kim Kardashian? You see, the funny thing is, I don’t recall ever reading about Ms Kardashian doing anything of significance.

      Then again, maybe I missed it because I frequent the wrong news sites...

      “The meaning of life is to find it.”

      by ArcticStones on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:23:28 AM PST

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      •  Kim Kardashian makes a lot of money (1+ / 0-)
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        Whatever your opinion of her personally, Ms Kardashian is pulling in some serious money these days. There's a lot of money in branding, and she has a clothes line (with her sisters, but I would bet money that she gets more than a third of the profits), perfume, and probably a bunch of other stuff I'm not aware of. And in our current climate of money equals importance, I'm not surprised that Politico would cover her. (I didn't see the actual story of her compared to the First Lady.)

      •  Politico has a another attribution to its (5+ / 0-)

        reportage filth: blatant hipster racism.  Putting the likes of Kim Kardashian anywhere near the FLOTUS is a slap in the face to Mrs. Obama.

        The President's wife has always faced an unprecedented disrespect that wasn't found with the other modern First Ladies.  And that also means Former Secretary of State Clinton.

        "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

        by politicalceci on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:59:31 AM PST

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        •  So how many online news outlets wouldn't (0+ / 0-)

          do that?

          By that definition, Yahoo also engages in blatant hipster racism.

          I would bet most online sites the same, if only because of the way that web sites get organized.

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          by dinotrac on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:42:30 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  examples (0+ / 0-)

            or do your own self-serving statements count as some sort of real evidence?

            •  Sorry. (0+ / 0-)

              I made two assumptions that may not be true.

              First, I assumed that DK is not the only place you visit on the internet.
              Second, I assumed that you access the web by means other than your phone.

              If you ever have a chance to see the new and "improved" Yahoo, you'll see that they mix real and celebrity news quite freely.

              Worst offender is that stupid horizontal scrollbar near the top.

              LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

              by dinotrac on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 12:14:24 PM PST

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              •  Allow me to clarify about news & Ms Kardashian (3+ / 0-)
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                First, I don’t watch television, so I may well be missing out on certain aspects of popular culture. (My wife and I do have a TV-screen, but it is not hooked up to any antenna of cable system; we watch films that we stream or purchase. Why? We’re both rather allergic to commercials.)

                Online news sources? That depends on what stories are unfolding. Some of my top choices are the BBC, NYT, The Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera English (especially during the Arab Spring), San Jose Mercury News, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Truth-Out.org, The Economist. And these days (because of the ACA): the excellent Kaiser Health News.

                Others I visit more occasionally including Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The Atlantic.

                For counterbalance: the National Review, Politico, Time, Newsweek, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox News (yes, sometimes I want to know their selection/deselection and how they’re spinning things).

                Oh, sure, I’ve seen Ms Kardashian mentioned on rare occasion, but inevitably with a link to said news site’s celebrity section – in which I have zero interest.

                I once became curious and Googled Kim Kardashian in order to find out what she had actually accomplished. I’m not being facetious, but I honestly couldn’t find anything.

                From one of my daughters I did learn, as Pencils astutely points out, that Kardashian is a brand name, just as Paris Hilton apparently is. I’m sure that lands them a lot of money in the bank, but (and I may be a deviant) I don’t actually consider that an accomplishment.
                .

                “The meaning of life is to find it.”

                by ArcticStones on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 01:46:31 PM PST

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                •  I'll give her credit for finding a way to turn (0+ / 0-)

                  being a rich girl into a sustained living.
                  Lots of them don't manage that.

                  People make money writing comic books and TV shows, too.
                  I don't begrudge any of them.
                  Wish I could do the same.

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                  by dinotrac on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 01:50:32 PM PST

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                  •  A good graphic novel (2+ / 0-)
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                    is a wonderful thing! As are many comics.

                    Dave McKean is a delight, what he’s done with Neil Gaiman – and even more so his own stuff, such as Cages. And Arrival by Shaun Tan (although that may be considered a children’s book). Frank Miller is brilliant, imho. I love Dark Horse Comics.

                    Will Eisner is worth a study all his own!

                    “The meaning of life is to find it.”

                    by ArcticStones on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 02:10:19 PM PST

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  •  Given that Politico is useless in holding the GOP (9+ / 0-)

    accountable for their many many failures and are playing "Everything is O's fault" game yeah, no wonder he'd go to the real journalists.

    Hopefully the National exchange meets its November 30th deadline for improvement and then they can make sure the Spanish language version is up and running too.  Getting the Spanish version of the exchanges up will be crucial to getting more of the uninsured signed up.

    I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

    by pistolSO on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 08:59:16 AM PST

  •  But, but, but, (12+ / 0-)

    Healthcare.gov is Obama's Katrina.

    Also, BENGAZI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:04:29 AM PST

  •  Things are going in the right direction (4+ / 0-)

    Sometimes I wonder if the bungled rollout was on purpose, to provide a shiny object to distract the Republicans, Teabaggers, etc., but then I go, "Naw, that's crazy talk."

    But we do have some long range thinkers in the Executive Branch now, so...

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:05:38 AM PST

    •  11th dimensional chess (0+ / 0-)

      FTW

    •  Uh, no. (0+ / 0-)

      However successful states that cooperated are, there is still half the country stuck with the federal exchange. The sad thing is that instead of bringing the country together, we've now created another "Two Americas"--one with a functional universal health care system (the opt in states) and one with a semi-broken system (the opt-out states). When the law was passed, many of us hoped that the provision of the federal exchange meant those of us in states run by knuckle-dragging Republicans would have the chance to get health insurance directly through the feds, which would be better than anything our GOP overlords would be likely to offer…but it hasn't quite worked out that way. The people who need help most, the would-be-Medicaid-eligible in states that refused the expansion, are in the worst situation.

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:49:24 AM PST

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      •  I don't know who this "we" could be, who (1+ / 0-)
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        have managed to split the country.  In the first place, the country has been "split" since Obama was elected; in the second, if anyone has split the country over the ACA it was the Republicans in congress and the states where they control the legislatures.  I and most of the people on this website aren't part of that "we."

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:13:32 AM PST

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      •  those states that opted out (0+ / 0-)

        have gotten exactly what they wanted. It's a win/win. My well-being is not predicated on who the people in other states elect to represent them, and vice-versa.

  •  I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that (9+ / 0-)

    Republican talking points dominate the media's treatment of ACA. It's a catastrophic trainwreck, without any successes.

    The trainwreck is actually this ungovernable, dysfunctional country now. It's becoming a laughinstock.

    And having colluded with the dysfunction heartily, the media will dutifully report on our spiraling decline socially, economically, politically, and environmentally.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:12:17 AM PST

    •  The media is the laughingstock (9+ / 0-)

      My line of work, too.

      It hurts.

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      by Johnny Wendell on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:18:15 AM PST

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      •  They changed focus to make news a profit center (5+ / 0-)

        More then sad, reprehensible.

      •  You got that right, radio guy. (2+ / 0-)
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        BTW, I go back to the days before television, when radio was my world. Especially the Saturday morning shows. And hey: Jack Benny, Bob Hope, I Love a Mystery, and on and on. It was noble then.

        Now I just shuttle back and forth now between local AM news, NPR, and K-EARTH. Used to listen to KTLK, but I need a break from relentless politics during the day. The amount and obnoxiousness of commercials on AM radio has turned it into a wall of noise. Sorry about the mini-essay. Carry on!

        "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

        by Wildthumb on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:31:05 AM PST

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    •  They are still trying to roll-back SSI (4+ / 0-)

      Eventually the media will temporarily tire of the ACA and we will have to get back to how Social Security is doomed. Irangate has already displaced Benghazi for the week...but soon ALL will be revealed about Obama's Argle-Bargle.

      The best thing for the idiot media about Obama is that Jimmy Carter blaming was starting to lose its edge.

      "You know, just because the thing I saw wasn't there doesn't mean there wasn't something there that I didn't see." Ann Althouse, Conservative Thoughtmeister

      by Bill Section 147 on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:21:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Just a note--Social Security is not "SSI" (3+ / 0-)
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        that abbreviation stands for "supplemental security income"--it is run by the Social Security Administration but it is a means-tested program for people with disabilities, often those who do not have the work credits to qualify for SSDI (which, like Social Security Old Age benefits, are not means-tested).

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:54:18 AM PST

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    •  True for the (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Wildthumb

      national media. Which is why the President is looking at local media for coverage.

      When you see someone from the national media recycling repeatedly debunked garbage like "death panels," you know national journalism is dead.

      http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    •  But not local media (1+ / 0-)
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      At least the local media in NC gave some interesting coverage.

      Issa tried to hold an anti-ACA hearing here in NC last week.  Only two members of Congress showed up. When Issa wouldn't let people who were helped by the ACA testify and escorted them out, they protested outside of the hearing.

      Guess who the local media covered?

      Hint:  It wasn't Issa.

      http://www.wral.com/...

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      by NCJan on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 11:55:37 AM PST

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      •  And that's why lately I'm tuning all the national (1+ / 0-)
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        networks out (Brian Williams is on my shit list) and watching local affiliates here in the L.A. area. Yeah, once in a while there's a maddening, moronic car chase, and too much silly banter,  but that's the price.

        "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

        by Wildthumb on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 03:34:35 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  "If it bleeds, it leads" (1+ / 0-)
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          Or "humint" (human interest)

          Those good old local news slogans might be giving us the advantage when it comes to highlighting ACA's accomplishments--

          at least when it comes to the formerly uninsured who have pre-existing conditions.

          Fox's Brian Kilmeade on Starbucks' decision to ban guns in stores: "Real simple - if you have a gun, go to Dunkin Donuts."

          by NCJan on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 04:10:59 PM PST

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  •  The worst of the news cycles began to end (5+ / 0-)

    with the President's press conference and were put out for good by Harry Reid's nuclear option.  Now, we're in the 'roll up the sleeves and go to work stage' and we're starting to see the fruits of the hard work of a lot of people at the Federal and state levels to get the implementation going.  Let this process play out and I think Democrats will be fairly pleased with the results.

    I've stopped reading and watching MSM news not because it annoys me, but because it is so inaccurate.  

    One issue that I think the media are failing to understand is that the ACA is already gaining interest from people who are already insured.  The initial purpose of the ACA is to cover the uninsured. That seems to be moving more or less according to plan now.  But there are a lot of currently insured people who are thinking about entering the exchanges because the deals are better than the cost of employer based insurance.  We don't know what that number will be, but that number will increase with each year as business decide that they don't want or need to be in the health insurance business. Such a development would substantially increase the number of people in the exchange as well as the health/demographic balance.  It would have a big downward price impact.  The exchange could end up being a type of public option with a positive economic multiplier effect for consumers and business.

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    by khyber900 on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:18:09 AM PST

  •  The AP White House corresp. (I think) (3+ / 0-)
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    was on Morning Joe bemoaning this move by the administration - pretty much admitted good news isn't reportable.

  •  Maybe the Obama admin should... (0+ / 0-)

    pay Mike Allen for some favorable coverage in "Playbook" and elsewhere.

  •  politico (4+ / 0-)
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    just another propaganda arm of the gop masquerading as a journalistic entity, if fox can get away with it why not politico.  

  •  Don't Forget Washington State, Residents "Rushing" (8+ / 0-)

    to sign-up.

    30 percent of site visitors have taken action. Nearly 500,000 individuals visited Washington Healthplanfinder in the first month. Of those individuals, more than 150,000 either fully enrolled in health coverage, completed an application that is awaiting payment or started an application.

    Silver plans are the most popular. More than 60 percent of those who enrolled in a “Qualified Health Plan” enrolled in a silver level plan. This percentage is likely due to cost-sharing subsidies, a form of financial help that lowers additional out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays and deductibles, which can only be accessed through a silver level plan under the Affordable Care Act. Cost-sharing subsidies are separate from tax credits that lower monthly insurance premiums and can be viewed during the Washington Healthplanfinder shopping experience, based on eligibility.

    Residents are waiting to pay for Qualified Health Plans. More than 21,000 individuals have completed an application for a Qualified Health Plan that is awaiting payment due in December. It is expected that many of these individuals will submit their payment by the Dec. 23 due date for coverage that begins on Jan. 1, 2014. More than 70,000 additional residents have applications that are in process...

    Source: dailysunnews
  •  If Politico is forced (3+ / 0-)
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    to report good news for Obama they end it with a question mark. I so don't like them.

  •  Politico isn't saying the local news... (0+ / 0-)

    …strategy is bad--and, in fact, the story points out the value in using local outlets:

    The centerpiece of the local strategy is the White House’s campaign against Republican governors or legislatures in 24 states that have declined to accept federal money to open up Medicaid to 5.4 million people. With a faulty website, the White House has lost much of the high ground to push back on Obamacare attacks over the past two months, but the one exception is the GOP resistance to expand Medicaid access, said a senior administration official.
    The Medicaid portion of PPACA is an unqualified success in those states that have accepted the expansion, so it makes sense to curry favor with local news outlets to put pressure on states that rejected the expansion.

    On the other hand, the Kentucky news story linked to from this diary isn't exactly what I'd call a PR piece in favor of PPACA, so I'm confused as to why we're supposed to diss Politico and laud the local story. (Unless, of course, that's part of the new-media strategy, heh.)

  •  Why Politico is a Piece of Shit (3+ / 0-)
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    Everything they report, literally EVERY STORY, is all about how the story plays out in the Washington media.

    In Mike Allen's corrupt cesspool of a joke of a digital newspaper, there is no reality.  Only Zuul (his ego).

  •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

    Way to often..over the years.. Politico has been given way to much credit. ya... maybe if it fits.

    Way too often Politico has been given front page... why?

    I would hope..and pray to the baby lamb..next to the baby Jesus in the cool pics...that Kos folks stop looking to the hacks at politico as some knowledgeable source.

    There really is little difference between politico and keeping the myth of Santa clause alive for small children..

    Does it ever matter that a place like Kos has ads...but for some reason Politco does not?

    Politico is a smoother..shinier FOX...and it is way past time that we refer to them for "news" or "insight"

    ashes..ashes..we all fall down..

    •  I figure most reports from Politico are (0+ / 0-)

      given front-page treatment here so we the DKos readers will know the kind of "news" being fed to the D.C. swells.  That's the only reason I'm the least bit interested in what Politico has to say about anything.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:30:34 AM PST

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  •  So self-important (4+ / 0-)
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    Obama is trying to push the ACA "in cities with the highest concentration of the uninsured", and Politico thinks that's soooooo obviously related to the Beltway press, because the Beltway media is all that really matters? Isn't it just possible that he's pushing a policy in the areas of greatest need because those are the greatest areas of need? Large cities are blue and Obama-friendly anyway, so presumably there's no additional political benefit to be accrued there. Maybe he's a president who cares about people who live outside the DC area. Anyone at Politico considered that remote possibility?

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    by Korkenzieher on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:51:39 AM PST

  •  Politico is nothing but a mouthpiece for (0+ / 0-)

    the GOP. This story is not any different.  I am not surprised that they would also try to sabotage Mr. Obama's efforts.  Certainly, it's payback for "the nuclear option".  However, the silver lining is why would anyone believe a rag like that after producing the likes of Chuck Todd.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 09:53:50 AM PST

  •  Grass roots effort is key... (0+ / 0-)

    They are the only ones who would make the difference.

    If at  the state level there are rampant success stories,

    then all we need now is  to get our voters to the polls at

    the Midterm elections. Turn out is key.

    These bogus polls are always manipulated one way or

    another to fit the narrative of the  media cycle for ratings.

    As always time will tell.

    Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by destiny1 on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:20:10 AM PST

  •  We signed up in WA last night (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, davechen

    The hardest part was creating a password. It's really picky about your password.

    All in all, it took about 40 mins.

    However, my husband is enrolled and now my citizenship is in question. I was born in DC to two parents born in this country. Suddenly I'm being asked to prove I'm a citizen because I never changed my name on my ss when I got married.....32 years ago.

    So now I have to go to the SS office with all my documentation (that I will have to go find in storage) stand around for an hour and change that.

    And I ain't happy about that. And I'm one of the people who has been telling others to STFU about the website. lol

    O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. ::: Jim Morrison :::

    by Kevanlove on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:33:19 AM PST

    •  That's nothing to do with the website, though (0+ / 0-)

      It's a huge nuisance, but there's nothing the website could do, if you need to show documentation. I guess the problem is that your SSN is under a different name than the name you now use?

      •  No, of course not, it's not the ACA fault (0+ / 0-)

        You would think that after 40 years this would have come up before yesterday. lol

        O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives. ::: Jim Morrison :::

        by Kevanlove on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 06:49:41 PM PST

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  •  Good job covering where it's working because, (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    well, in the scheme of things, that's news.

    Working up the courage to take another whack at healthcare.gov

    Got a little further last time -- or, at least, it looked that way.
    Still not close to applying for coverage.

    Sigh.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 10:38:41 AM PST

  •  Politico is not a site for news (0+ / 0-)

    Politico is a place to kick ass during electoral campaigns.  You can use a lot of words, large letters, bold text and add graphics; but it has never been a site for serious commentary.  

    Republicans have a single focus and goal:  Recover the White House by discrediting Obama, Democrats, Liberals and / or Progressives; and Obama has been very helpful to their cause by alienting his progressive base by his increasing use of killer drones, maintain a strong and counterproductive presence in occupied foreign nations, instituting a surveillance state in the USA and elsewhere, persecuting whistle blowers and denying prisoners the right to a writ of habeus corpus - in other words, acting like a Republican.

    As for Health Care in the USA, it has been just one more way for corporate interests to exploit the gullible public, with a higher costs and less coverage than that provided anywhere else in the so called civilized world.

    Health depends mainly on environmental factors, including access to clean air and water, adequate amounts of nutritious food and decent work and living conditions, and that requires far more serious legislation and oversight than exists at present.

    Likewise, heath care is about restoring homeostasis, not generating profits for lucrative corporations. (Several successful health care coperatives have demonstrated that non-profit health care can be put in practice).

    The ACA was needed and something had to be done, but it had the wrong focus from the start.  Even so, it's a step in the right direction and represents the recognition of a problem that must be addressed, albeit in greater depth.

    Hopefully President Warren (the nations's first Woman POTUS), will be better suited to the task.

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