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October 1/Affordable Care Act lunch links

Well, it’s October 1, the first day to sign up for the Affordable Care Act and, not surprisingly, the far right’s response has been to embarrass itself in several ways.

First, of course, is the absurd and destructive government shut-down that’s discussed in this morning’s Weekly Briefing“21st Century anarchists:  The Tea Party threatens to spark an economic crisis to get its way.”

Then there are the ridiculous tweets from right-wing politicians who, after helping to lay the ground for the shut-down, are now claiming that Obamacare “isn’t working” because the website is busy.  

Fortunately, as we reported earlier this morning, the polling for the right is terrible on the shut-down strategy. The ever-accurate Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling just weighed in on this within the last hour.

And speaking of the right’s self-destructive approach, Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog has an interesting take on John Boehner’s fast-dimming star in a post entitled “A failure for the ages.”  To quote:

“The Speaker didn’t want the 2011 debt-ceiling crisis; he didn’t want to hold several dozen votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act; and he didn’t want the government shutdown he forced last night. They’re all the result of a radicalized caucus he doesn’t control, want, or influence.”

Meanwhile, speaking of conservative politicians with polling troubles, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is trying to straddle the fence with a rather odd little video he obviously cut yesterday afternoon (he appears to be sporting he same tie-less outfit he wore to the question-free press conference he held yesterday regarding the new USDOJ court challenge to his voter suppression law) in which he kinda/sorta talks to people about how to sign up for health insurance.

And finally, if you or someone you know would like to have a more reliable source on the law than a governor  who clearly has little or no real interest in the subject,  visit www.getcoveredamerica.org. Spanish speakers should check out www.getcoveredamerica.org/es and can also enroll on the phone (1-800-318-2596) and in person (https://ayudalocal.cuidadodesalud.gov/es/) with free expert help.

 

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