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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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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 HealthCare.gov. 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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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is planning to liven up the governor's house in an effort to woo Republicans and forward his agenda, and he has some special ingredients: top-shelf liquor and craft beer.

The Washington Post reported that the governor wanted to throw "Sixty parties in 60 days!" during the two-month legislative session, which ends in early March. He's personally paid for and stocked up on better booze and microbrews at the governor's house; he's also catering daily breakfasts for the non-drinkers.

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Despite the consistent refutation of their claim that the Congressional Budget Office said Obamacare would cost the country 2 million jobs -- even from within their own party -- Republicans are now putting the attack in congressional ads.

A new web ad by Rep. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, blasts Hagan for "2 million lost jobs" because of her support for the health care reform law, the Washington Post reported.

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Implicit in the GOP's offensive since the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that millions of Americans would stop working or cut back their hours under Obamacare is that those people are, well, lazy. Maybe it's not their fault, maybe the nanny government is lulling them into complacence. But whatever the reason, it's a bad thing.

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) said as much at the beginning of Wednesday's hearing on the CBO report.

The law encourages 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. "This means fewer people will do that."

But, as usual, the real story is more complicated than that. People choosing to work less could actually be a good thing, congressional Democrats have since suggested. It just depends on why they're making that choice.

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Amid a heated debate between the White House and conservatives over how much credit Obamacare can take for enrolling people in Medicaid, a new analysis has an answer: up to 1.8 million.

The White House has touted a bigger number, 6.3 million, which included people who were just renewing their enrollment. Critics said that was misleading; the law can only take credit for those who enrolled because their state expanded the program's eligibility or who were never enrolled but had now after the big sign-up push that accompanied Obamacare's launch.

Avalere Health, an independent consulting firm, estimated that between 1.1 and 1.8 million people have enrolled in Medicaid because of Obamacare. They either qualified through the law's expansion of the program, which 25 states adopted, or because they were already eligible but hadn't enrolled until Obamacare enrollment started on Oct. 1.

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At least one Republican is setting the record straight on what the Congressional Budget Office actually said this week about Obamacare and its effect on jobs.

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained in a Wednesday hearing with CBO director Doug Elmendorf that the health care reform law wouldn't cost the U.S. economy more than 2 million jobs, as many of his colleagues alleged, but that Americans would choose to work less.

"I want to make sure we accurately understand what it is you are saying," Ryan said, before leading Elmendorf through a series of questions to explain the report and its findings.

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