David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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It's flying under the radar a bit, but one of the early silver linings to Obamacare is that Medicaid enrollment is going up -- not just because Obamacare expanded Medicaid eligibility but because the increased buzz around the new law has prompted previously eligible people who had never signed up for Medicaid to go ahead and enroll.

That success puts the failure of Republican-controlled states to expand Medicaid in even starker relief. The best example might be South Carolina, which is seeing a dramatic jump in Medicaid enrollment even without having expanded Medicaid.

So a big focus for advocates and the Obama White House going forward is how to get those remaining states on board. It might not be as hopeless a cause as you would guess. Here are the five states most likely to reverse course and expand Medicaid in the near future.

The latest Obamacare enrollment figures are out. Things were better in November than October, but they were still bad.

But that doesn't tell us much that is new.

The key will be December enrollment figures, which will benefit from HealthCare.gov finally being more or less fixed and the projected surge in enrollments ahead of the Dec. 23 deadline to sign up for coverage that begins Jan. 1.

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With Obamacare coverage kicking in Jan. 1, some conservative doctors are going so far as to refuse to accept all private insurance.

One such doctor tells TPM that Obamacare raises the specter of government scientists falsifying research to help keep down the cost of Obamacare.

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Nelson Mandela has died, South African President Jacob Zuma is announcing on worldwide TV. Mandela was 95.

The Obama administration has announced that it is delaying the online Obamacare exchange for small businesses for a year.