The King Prawn
So basically Washington state has enrolled more people in its exchange than the federal government has in its exhange. · 14 minutes ago
Um...from the article at your link it looks to me like 21,500 of the Washington enrollees are for Medicaid, not the GSB plans. Yes, Medicaid enrollments are growing apace, as expected.
I've been checking www.enrollmaven.com (h/t to Jim Geraghty of NRO for the link) on a daily basis. At the moment, 22794 or 0.3% of the projected 3,066,000 are confirmed as enrollees in gold, silver, and bronze (GSB) plans after 11.5% of the enrollment period has passed.
The WH will, of course, argue that they expect the bulk of the enrollments to come at the end of November--but even they can't spin away these numbers, particularly as they are most likely representative of the highly motivated (and sickest) enrollees.
I agree with Megan McArdle and think we have already entered a death spiral. Generally, I am an optimist, but this is going to be trulyawful. Buckle up, everyone and stay safe.
She absolutely has the goods and is a fine choice.
Agreed, but I wish I saw more evidence that leaders on the right are thinking strategically about next moves in terms of repeal and replace. I'm already seeing articles in the NYT and other progressive media that are laying groundwork for single payer as the solution to current problems created by Obamacare's complexity.
EThompson: No competition; Harriet M. Welsch! I have admired this character since childhood for her dogged individualism. DCM, I would have answered Dominique Francon, but I've known Harriet longer. :)
Nancy Drew was highly inspirational. I adored the entire series. · 14 hours ago
I second Harriet's nomination wholeheartedly.
I have been influenced by each of Jane Austen's heroines in a different way--there is a reason my daughter is named Elizabeth (and I love to think that she is a kindred spirit to her namesake)! Anne Eliot, of course--but as I get older the more I appreciate the subtle perspective of Miss Fanny Price.
Its already happening all around you. Creative destruction is a central tenet of the makers movement.Http://wearemakers.orgAnd entrepreneurship is in the DNA of open source--check out all the fascinating projects using open source Arduino chips:http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=UoBUXOOdLXY
Yep--I'm living in that crater (MD) across the Potomac--sort of. But as we say over here on the eastern shore...."there's no life on t'other side of the Chesapeake Bay"
Why is anyone surprised by this?
The good news is that the younger generations are already on the case. Check it out.
I talk to young people (15-25) all the time and they love the makers movement. They are cobbling together projects with open source kits and software in amazing ways--and having a blast doing it.
Maybe you are not seeing the value because you are not looking in the new marketplaces....for example, Kickstarter, or outlets for the makers movement (e.g., Arduino). Productivity gains can arise from the accretion of small innovations as well as those of larger disruptive technologies such as driver-less cars. Think of all the development going on in the mobile device world.
It is lovely to hear your voice again, Judith. I have been anxiously wondering how you and your house were faring (I remember you mentioning that you had to go look at some stone several weeks ago). Congratulations on getting "in"--I hope you are enjoying stage 2--making it a real home.
Welcome to Ricochet, Damian!
Kudos to your dad and that awesome effort. But I just think it pales in comparison with the sophistication of the Obama team (as much as it pains me to say it). I made a small donation to Obama in 2008 to under a fictitious name to test the verification system--and I have been watching with amazement over the last few months at the number of emails that my alter-ego received from Barack, Michelle and the gang. Easily 4 or 5 each day. Most were warm and friendly--with a free "goodie", if I'd only click on the magic link to see what was being offered (oh, how I wanted to click on that link!). Some were stern and sorrowful. Didn't I realize how I was letting Barack down? One even reminded me of my $10 donation in 2008--giving me the exact date and time that I made it.
I teach this stuff and being on the receiving end totally creeped me out.
GOP GOTV Technology = Pencils & Clipboards
OFA GOTV Technology = iPad & Smartphone Apps
I'm sure technology is not the whole story, but seriously, what the heck did the RNC and Team R/R do with all of that money they raised?!?!?! They knew this was coming. They knew Team O was going to use massive amounts of technology. Yet they played the same tired ground game from 20+ years ago!
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Exactly. And, they also failed to use "innovative" techniques, like turning off the credit card verification for donations (only).
I think it is interesting that Plouffe is claiming that the Obama campaign's data mining success cannot be replicated for other Dem candidates. I actually don't doubt it--but not for the reasons he's citing.
ORCA was just the name coined by the Romney campaign for their data mining initiative that was created in response to the Obama campaign "Narwhal" operation. (http://ace.mu.nu/archives/334783.php) If this guy's narrative is accurate and indicative of the operation, it was a logistical/managerial foul-up that was really inexcusable. You can have the best data and predictive analytic tools in the world, but if you cannot get actionable information into the hands of those who need it, it is worthless.
You've never noticed the Westin "smell"? Hmmm.
Just consider me one of Pavlov's dogs. My booking preference is for a Westin--or as it is known in my household--"that place with the smell and the green leaf soaps."
Man o' manski, I'm feeling, well, a bit conditioned...
Mollie Hemingway, Ed.
Look, it's bad enough for the country that political operatives dictate so much policy from the White House (Rove was the master at this) but to extend that to delicate diplomatic operations? · 1 hour ago
This is very troubling on a number of levels--if only for the obvious reason you stated. Valerie Jarrett's judgment has been flawed on a number of occasions (e.g., the fiasco attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago, for starters).
I'm trying hard not to go all conspiracy theory here, but the choice of envoy and the lack of transparency are significant red flags in my mind.
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