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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

For the last week, the political class has spent a lot of time debating whether Americans should work less, a response to the Congressional Budget Office report that concluded some people would because of Obamacare. Is it a bad thing if a federal program encourages people to work less? What if it gives them freedom to do more of what they want?

House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) summarized the fear that Obamacare could destroy the American work ethic. The law could encourage 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 at a congressional hearing last week. "This means fewer people will do that."

The hand-wringing from Republican lawmakers continued on the Sunday shows. "I think any law you pass that discourages people from working can't be a good idea," Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said. "Why would we want to do that? Why would we think that was a good thing?"

Below the surface political posturing is an important cultural subtext: Americans and their complicated relationship with work.

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Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, along with other top congressional GOPers, have urged a federal court to block Obamacare subsidies for people who signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov.

The group of eight -- which includes Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Sens. Orrin Hatch (UT), Mike Lee (UT) and Rob Portman (OH) along with Reps. Dave Camp (MI) and Darrell Issa (CA) -- filed an amicus brief Thursday on behalf of businesses and individuals who sued to stop the subsidies from flowing through the federal website, the Washington Times reported.

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A new line of bad Obamacare news made the rounds in conservative circles this week: One insurance company, Humana, said it could receive up to $450 million in 2014 through the various provisions in the law that were designed to help insurers make the transition to its reforms.

It was picked up by Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, who wrote about the report for Forbes. He cited Humana executives who said that the Obamacare "bailout" -- as Republicans have dubbed those provisions -- would cost up to $450 million to cover their company.

His report was soon referenced by National Review Online, HotAir, NewsMax and others -- many of whom noted that this huge bailout was for "just one insurer." It sounds, when you put it like that, like another health care disaster for the White House.

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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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