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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

News Roundup for 9/21/11

Tea party nutjob
Surprisingly, people like this got healthcare reform all wrong

-Headline of the Day-
"In U.S., Significantly Fewer 18- to 25-Year-Olds Uninsured."

Remember that whole healthcare socialism thing that was going to destroy America? Turns out it doing a really lousy job of destroying America. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that a million more people between ages of 18 and 26 are insured now, but they're the government so they probably lie.

Time to double check. Gallup called up about 90,000 people and found, sure enough, the numbers between 18 and 26 are on the rise. "The provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows children up to the age of 26 to remain on their parents' plans appears to be having an immediate effect on the number of Americans who report they have health insurance," they report. "Since it went into effect in September 2010, the percentage of 18- to 25-year-olds who report being uninsured has significantly declined by four percentage points."

So what's the rightwing, teabagger, super-uber-patriot response to this news?

Silence. See, when something proves them wrong, it's like it never even happened. (Gallup)

-How to get things done in Washington-
Turns out, it is possible.

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Turns out the term "rarer than hens' teeth" is only a slight exaggeration. (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

-Bonus HotD-
"Poll: Two-thirds of Americans want taxes raised on the rich."

If this is "class warfare," then one side is seriously outgunned. (Raw Story)
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