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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.

Articles by Dylan

A study released Tuesday blows the door wide open in the never-ending parlor game to estimate how many uninsured Americans have gotten health coverage under Obamacare, suggesting that the number might be bigger than previously thought.

But at this point, nobody is quite sure what to make of it.

RAND Corp, a non-profit think tank, released the survey. Its eye-opening finding: 7.2 million previously uninsured people have gained health coverage through their employer since mid-September. That's on top of those people who have purchased private coverage on Obamacare's insurance marketplaces or enrolled in Medicaid or young adults who signed up through their parents' plan.

Those three groups were the only people that many previous estimates of Obamacare's impact had accounted for.

In other words, if you take the earlier estimates of 8.3 million to 9.5 million uninsured people who had gotten covered by marketplace plans, Medicaid and their parents' policies -- and then add some of the millions more who RAND found had gotten insured through their employer -- then Obamacare could be responsible for reducing America's uninsured ranks much more than the earlier estimates suggested.

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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) sided on Monday with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over Breitbart News, requesting that his column be pulled from the news outlet's new California website.

Democrats called the website, which featured sexually suggestive images of Pelosi, "foul, offensive and disrespectful to all women." They urged Republican leaders to condemn the site. McCarthy seems to have obliged.

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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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