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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 dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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In a move with big election-year implications, the Obama administration announced Monday that it would reverse a proposed cut to private Medicare Advantage plans. The decision undercuts one of the GOP's favorite lines of attack on Obamacare and on Democrats in general.

The change announced by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services transformed what was a projected 1.9 percent payment cut in 2015 that had been proposed in February into a projected 0.4 percent payment increase.

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A U.S. district judge rejected Monday the Louisiana state government's request that MoveOn.org's billboard criticizing Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) for not expanding Medicaid under Obamacare be taken down. The billboard includes a parody of the state's tourism slogan, which was the basis for the state's legal action.

U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick issued the order. Lawyers for Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (R), who filed the suit, had "not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of prevailing on its burden of proving confusion by viewers of the billboard," Dick wrote. She rejected the state's request for a preliminary injunction, which asked that the billboard be taken down as the court case continues.

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The share of uninsured Americans has fallen to its lowest level since late 2008, according to a new Gallup poll, another indicator that Obamacare is reducing the ranks of the uninsured.

In the first quarter of 2014, the percentage of Americans who were uninsured was 15.6 percent -- down from 17.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. Health coverage sold under Obamacare started to take effect in January. It is the lowest rate recorded by Gallup since the last quarter of 2008.

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The news last week that Obamacare had reached 7 million enrollees killed a number of conservatives' favorite memes against the law -- more people had lost coverage than gained it, nobody wanted to sign up for it at all, etc. But even with some of the law's best news in months, one attack was still going strong.

Obamacare is a raw deal -- a disaster, really -- for young Americans.

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One outstanding question for Obamacare had been whether more young adults would sign up ahead of the March 31 deadline. Some early returns, according to an analysis by the Washington Post, suggest that they did.

The Post gathered data from six state-run insurance marketplaces and found that each of them experienced an increase from February to March in the share of enrollees who were young adults ages 18 to 34. In Rhode Island, for example, the share of young adults rose from 26 percent in February to 28.5 percent in March. Similar increases occurred in California, Colorado, Kentucky, Minnesota and Washington, D.C.

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An additional 3 million people are now enrolled in Medicaid since Obamacare launched in October, the Obama administration reported Friday, providing some further data points for understanding how the law is covering the uninsured.

Medicaid enrollment had become a point of contention between the law's supporters and critics. The administration had taken credit for any and every one who enrolled in Medicaid since Oct. 1, regardless of whether they were already enrolled in Medicaid before Obamacare kicked in. Some journalists, and conservatives, called those administration figures into question, making the point that Obamacare shouldn't received the credit for people who were already in the program.

But until now, it was difficult to ascertain what percentage of Medicaid enrollments were new and what percentage were renewals.

Friday's figures are the official first attempt by the administration to quantify how many new enrollees could be attributed to Obamacare. Compared to enrollment in September, Medicaid had added 3 million enrollees by the end of February. That number would combine people covered under the law's Medicaid expansion, as well as those who were previously eligible but had not enrolled.

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The White House reportedly wanted to put President Barack Obama on primetime television Tuesday to tout Obamacare's 7 million enrollees -- but network TV officials denied him the airtime.

BuzzFeed had the scoop, citing three sources with knowledge of the request. Details of the request are unclear from the report, but it appears that the White House was seeking primetime space on broadcast TV networks.

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House Republicans passed another Obamacare repeal bill Thursday, this one indirectly aimed at the law's employer mandate -- but, following in the footsteps of almost all of the other repeal bills that came before it, this is likely the end of the line for the proposal.

The bill passed 248 to 179. But the Senate looks unlikely to take up the bill, and even if it somehow cleared through the upper chamber, the White House has pledged to veto it.

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