From the daily archives: Monday, October 21, 2013

Although Ted Cruz’s forty-third birthday is still a few months away on Dec. 22, it is already playing havoc with Republican planners accustomed to scheduling the traditional Lincoln Day Dinners in February. These celebratory  events must now be converted into Cruz Day Dinners just three days before Christmas for the Tea Partyers but at the risk of being accused by Bill O’Reilly  of  downgrading Jesus (Who appears on his speed dial!) as a 47 percenter.  As one county chairman was heard to mutter: “Jesus or Cruz?  It’s damned tough being a Republican these days.”

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The Heritage Foundation released yet another right-wing “study” of exchange prices. The only compliment that I have for it is that its fallacies are more transparent than in other right-wing “studies”.

Ultimately, if you want to know what exchange insurance will cost, you should go to

1. They ignore the uninsured entirely. They’re talking about the existing individual market; that is, people who don’t get employer-provided coverage and buy plans directly from insurance companies. That’s about 6% of the population.

There’s another 18% of the population who is in the individual market but can’t afford a plan. […]

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On October 2nd, John Kasich’s Public Utilities Commission announced it would not provide aluminum smelting company Ormet a break on electricity rates.

The following week the company announced it would be closing its doors, laying off the last 700 of the over 1000 workers Ormet employed at its peak.

Kasich Spokesman Rob Nichols quickly tried to shift the blame to someone other than the Governor of Ohio.

First up: West Virginia!

On multiple occasions Nichols noted that a lot of Ormet’s employees actually live in West Virginia so, of course, the whole Ohio-electricity-rate-related-problem is clearly WV’s fault.

The press and […]

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