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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 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House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday that he believed Obamacare's employer mandate would eventually be repealed.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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House Republicans will vote on Thursday to repeal yet another piece of Obamacare: the provision that sets 30 hours as the threshold for defining full-time employees, raising it to 40 hours. A company's compliance with the law's employer mandate depends on its number of full-time employees, so fewer full-time workers would presumably lighten the mandate's load on businesses.

If that seems like small potatoes for the party after its leaders continued to advocate for full repeal this week, here's why: The Obama administration has outmaneuvered Republicans on Obamacare, and the opposition party doesn't have many options left in its quest to roll back any part of the law. The administration already made unilateral alterations to unpopular pieces of the law, drawing bewildered reactions even from supporters.

But by making changes itself, the White House hasn't let the GOP get in on the game, despite the party's unending stream of anti-Obamacare bills -- therefore denying Republicans the opportunity to extract the high-profile pound of flesh from the law that they've been seeking for years.

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A lot has changed for Obamacare since October. From 100,000 enrollees to more than 7 million. From record-low public support to record-high in at least one poll. From President Barack Obama being publicly humbled for a botched rollout to his admonishing the GOP on Tuesday for their obsession with repeal.

But one thing hasn't changed: In their own reality, conservative politicians and their allies at Fox News are convinced, all evidence to the contrary, that the law is an unmitigated disaster.

Seven million enrollees isn't a guarantee of Obamacare's eventual success anymore than HealthCare.gov's disastrous launch was a sure sign of its failure. But, as both parties struggle to steer the narrative about the law going forward, let's revisit how conservatives portrayed the latter -- and examine how little their tune has change even as the facts on the ground have.

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The Mississippi legislature passed a 'religious freedom' bill Tuesday and shipped the measure to Gov. Phil Bryant (R) for his signature, the Associated Press reported.

It is the first 'religious freedom' legislation, which have drawn backlash from LGBT rights advocates and the business community, to pass since a similar bill in Arizona drew national attention. The Mississippi bill originally mirrored the Arizona proposal that passed the state legislature before Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed it, but some of the more controversial language had been gutted before Mississippi lawmakers approved their version.

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Dean Chambers, notorious unskewer of 2012 presidential election polls, has his critical eye on a new metric: Obamacare enrollment.

"The Obamacare enrollments numbers are bogus. They don't even know how many have really paid for what they supposedly signed up for, and the 'back end' for the billing process of the Obamacare web site is not even functioning yet," he wrote in a Tuesday post on the law's 7 million announced sign-ups.

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Touting the news that Obamacare had reached 7 million sign-ups, an almost unthinkable achievement so soon after the law's disastrous October launch, President Barack Obama sent a direct message Tuesday to Republicans and their efforts to stymie the law: Get over it.

"The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay," Obama said Tuesday in the White House Rose Garden. "In the end, history is not kind to those who deny Americans basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America's progress or our people. That's what the Affordable Care Act represents."

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