Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at

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The Congressional Budget Office issued its official rebuttal Monday to the Republican talking point that Obamacare would cost 2.5 million American jobs.

In a new FAQ explainer of last week's budget report, CBO director Doug Elmendorf, answering if 2.5 million people will lose their jobs by 2024 because of the health care reform law, said: "No, we would not describe our estimates in that way."

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The New Yorker reported that U.S. attorney general Eric Holder plans to step down this year, but the U.S. Justice Department is pushing back on that report.

In a feature story for the magazine's Feb. 17 issue (sub. req.), writer Jeffrey Toobin said that Holder told him that Holder would leave his post in 2014, though he also said that he planned to remain as attorney general "well into" the year.

But the Justice Department provided TPM a partial transcript of Toobin's interview with Holder, and in it, the attorney general did not explicitly say that he would resign in 2014, but that he would stay "well into 2014."

“The most the Attorney General has said is that he still has a lot he wants to accomplish on issues like criminal justice reform, voting rights and LGBT equality," Justice spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. "He did not speak about his plans any further than that.”

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For the last week, the political class has spent a lot of time debating whether Americans should work less, a response to the Congressional Budget Office report that concluded some people would because of Obamacare. Is it a bad thing if a federal program encourages people to work less? What if it gives them freedom to do more of what they want?

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) summarized the fear that Obamacare could destroy the American work ethic. The law could encourage Americans "not to get on the ladder of life, to begin working, getting the dignity of work, getting more opportunities, rising the income, joining the middle class," he said at a congressional hearing last week. "This means fewer people will do that."

The hand-wringing from Republican lawmakers continued on the Sunday shows. "I think any law you pass that discourages people from working can't be a good idea," Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said. "Why would we want to do that? Why would we think that was a good thing?"

Below the surface political posturing is an important cultural subtext: Americans and their complicated relationship with work.

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Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, along with other top congressional GOPers, have urged a federal court to block Obamacare subsidies for people who signed up for coverage through

The group of eight -- which includes Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Sens. Orrin Hatch (UT), Mike Lee (UT) and Rob Portman (OH) along with Reps. Dave Camp (MI) and Darrell Issa (CA) -- filed an amicus brief Thursday on behalf of businesses and individuals who sued to stop the subsidies from flowing through the federal website, the Washington Times reported.

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A new line of bad Obamacare news made the rounds in conservative circles this week: One insurance company, Humana, said it could receive up to $450 million in 2014 through the various provisions in the law that were designed to help insurers make the transition to its reforms.

It was picked up by Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, who wrote about the report for Forbes. He cited Humana executives who said that the Obamacare "bailout" -- as Republicans have dubbed those provisions -- would cost up to $450 million to cover their company.

His report was soon referenced by National Review Online, HotAir, NewsMax and others -- many of whom noted that this huge bailout was for "just one insurer." It sounds, when you put it like that, like another health care disaster for the White House.

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New Hampshire lawmakers reached a deal Thursday to make their state the latest to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.

The Associated Press reported that the Republican and Democratic state Senate leaders announced the decision. The state plans to adopt a privatized version of the expansion, using Medicaid dollars to pay for residents to buy private coverage on The Obama administration has already allowed Arkansas to adopt the same proposal.

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Republicans have had a field day with the Congressional Budget Office report released this week, claiming it shows Obamacare will destroy the American work ethic and force people to rely on the government.

Never mind that reality is a bit more complicated than that. You could argue that the GOP should actually embrace the law because it could do the opposite: give Americans the freedom to start their own businesses.

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Of course the need for health insurance should lock Americans into jobs they loathe, Stephen Colbert said on his show Wednesday, putting his satirical touch on the debate over how Obamacare would affect U.S. workers.

“People should be chained by the need for health insurance to jobs they hate," he said. "That’s what built this country!”

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