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“On the sub­ject of the Af­ford­able Care Act … a num­ber of fal­la­cies seem to be con­geal­ing into ac­cepted wis­dom. Much of this is the re­sult of un­re­lent­ing Repub­li­can pro­pa­ganda and right-wing pun­ditry, but it has gone largely un­chal­lenged by gun-shy Democrats. The re­sult is that vot­ers are con­fronted with slo­gans and side is­sues — ‘it’s a tax!’ ‘No, it’s a penalty!’ — rather than a re­al­ity-based dis­cus­sion.” —Bill Keller in the New York Times

“Gov. Rick Perry’s cam­paign for pres­i­dent im­ploded ages ago, but you’d hardly know it, given the way that he con­tin­ues to stump against Barack Obama. In a thun­der­ous showy let­ter, he re­cently re­jected a fed­er­ally funded ex­pan­sion of Med­i­caid—one that could pro­vide health­care cov­er­age for roughly 2 mil­lion unin­sured Tex­ans. Maybe such show­boat­ing is good for Perry po­lit­i­cally. But it’s aw­ful for Texas, where 6.2 mil­lion peo­ple—25% of the state’s pop­u­la­tion—are unin­sured.” —Hous­ton Chron­i­cle

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