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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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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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The claim that the Congressional Budget Office had estimated that Obamacare would cost 2.5 million jobs was thoroughly debunked in February -- but that hasn't stopped conservative groups from trotting it out in attacks on Democratic members of Congress.

The Libre Initiative, a conservative Hispanic group, announced a new ad Thursday hitting Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), who is seeking re-election, for her support of the health care reform law -- and it features the 2.5 million figure.

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One poll has found that Obamacare has actually surpassed its namesake in popularity.

The NPR poll released Thursday found that 47 percent of Americans support Obamacare, and 51 percent oppose it. Approval for President Obama himself, on the other hand, sits at 46 percent with 51 percent disapproval.

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Former Obama White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that he believed Obamacare's employer mandate would eventually be repealed.

BenefitsPro.com flagged Gibbs's comments, made during a speech at an employee benefits expo in Colorado Springs.

“I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect," he said. "It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go."

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