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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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More than five million people have now enrolled in private health coverage through Obamacare, the Obama administration announced Monday.

The figure, announced via a blog post, provided another data point as the law's open enrollment comes to a close at the end of March. The administration said 4.2 million people had enrolled by the end of February, which means about 800,000 have signed up in March.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to release a list of U.S. officials who will be sanctioned, which likely means a freeze on their assets in Russia and a prohibition on travel there, the Daily Beast reported Monday.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) really hopes that he's one of them.

“You think I’m not going to be on it?” McCain told the news outlet. “I would be honored to be on that list.”

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For a supposed government takeover of health care, there is some serious evidence that Obamacare is actually making the individual health insurance market even more competitive than it was before the law.

The empirical results are mixed thus far, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, but one of the authors told TPM on Monday that his takeaway from the law's opening act is that it's been a net positive on price competition.

"The bottom line in my view is that this is now a much more price competitive market," Larry Levitt, vice president at the non-profit, non-partisan foundation, said via email. "It will be hard for insurers to be much more expensive than their competitors and maintain market share."

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Have we heard the last Obamacare "horror" story? If new ads from the Koch Brothers-backed group are any indication, we might have.

Americans for Prosperity, the well-funded conservative group that has been attacking Democrats in battleground states over the health care reform law, put out TV ads Monday against Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mark Udall (D-CO).

But what's notable about the ads is what they aren't: A personalized story of someone who's been negatively affected by Obamacare, the kind of verifiable set of facts that can be checked -- and rebutted, as happened with a recent AFP ad that led to significant backlash from the fact-checking community.

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Facing the very real possibility of a GOP-controlled Senate in 2015, health industry insiders are working up a wish list -- the changes they'd like made to the Affordable Care Act under a fully Republican Congress.

But they're also a little unsettled by the prospect of GOP control in Congress: Nobody is sure what exactly the Republicans would do if they had the opportunity to legislate however it wanted on the health care reform law.

It's plausible that Republicans would simply continue their absolutist opposition to President Barack Obama's signature legislation, especially if they view capturing the Senate as a vindication of their anti-Obamacare messaging. In that scenario, expect more symbolic repeal votes that the House has taken over the last few years. That would force Obama to pull out his veto pen again and again to defend the law.

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The bitter war between Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and the liberal group MoveOn.org continued Thursday when the governor authored an op-ed accusing the organization -- and liberals in general -- of discriminating against disabled people through their support of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.

"What does MoveOn.org have against individuals with disabilities?" Jindal wrote in the column that appeared in the Shreveport Times. The argument is one that Jindal has advanced elsewhere: Because the law expands Medicaid coverage to a new population -- childless adults -- it prioritizes them over people who already receive Medicaid benefits, like the disabled.

To be clear about Jindal's argument about Medicaid expansion and its effect on the disabled: Obamacare's Medicaid expansion is funded completely separately from the traditional program and the law does not affect funding for the latter.

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Health insurance offered through Obamacare must cover same-sex married couples the same as they would opposite-sex married couples starting in 2015, the Obama administration announced Friday.

"If an insurance company offers coverage to opposite-sex spouses, it cannot choose to deny that coverage to same-sex spouses," Matt Heintz, director for provider and LGBT outreach at the Department of Health and Human Services, wrote in a blog post.

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The best basketball player in the world is now part of the official Obamacare outreach team: Miami Heat superstar LeBron James will promote the health care reform law in a new TV ad.

"I know how important it is to take care of yourself, your friends and your family," James, four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA champion, says in the ad before encouraging viewers to visit HealthCare.gov before March 31.

"Sign up now," he concludes. "You never know when you might take a hit."

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Mothers of some A-list celebrities -- actor Jonah Hill and singers Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez and Alicia Keys -- are urged youning Americans to sign up for health coverage through Obamacare before the March 31 deadline in a new web video.

"Seriously, do you want your mothers to have a nervous breakdown?" Sharon Feldstein, Hill's mom, said in the video after recollecting how rambunctious her son had been when he was younger. "You need health insurance."

First Lady Michelle Obama also made a cameo at the video's end, directing viewers to HealthCare.gov.

"We nag you because we love you," she said.

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A substantial majority of Americans believe Obamacare should remain law, either exactly as it is or with small changes, according to a new poll.

Bloomberg News found that a combined 64 percent of Americans said they support keeping the law in place. That includes 51 percent who said it should be kept but may need some small changes and 13 percent who said it should be left alone. Only 34 percent said it should be repealed.

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