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Thursday, October 13, 2016 7:47
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From the “Stopped Clock Twice-a-Day Department:” Sarah Kliff’s post on “The Obamacare problem that Democrats don’t want to talk about” touchjes on some common themes we’ve written about for many years. And she puts a decidedly human face on the problem:

Pieknik is a 37-year-old PhD student … She earns $42,000, which is just slightly too much to qualify for tax credits where she lives … So right now she’s facing a choice: Pay a lot more money, or scale back her level of coverage.”

I’ll note in passing that, at age 37, the “free” maternity care that makes up a substantial part of that premium is likely not a big selling point for her.

And from the “In Case You Missed it Department,” we learn that North Star State governor Mark Dayton agrees with both Ms Kliff and noted right-winger Bill Clinton:

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday said that the increase in health insurance costs in Minnesota highlights “some serious blemishes right now and serious deficiencies” in the federal health care law known as Obamacare.”

No kidding.

I still don’t understand why these people keep telling obvious lies.

Finally, FoIB Allison Bell has at least a partial answer to a question we’ve been asking for a while now:

About 94.5 percent of tax filers who owed mandate penalties paid them by December 2015

She also noted that the IRS was giving some late-payers a break by writing off over a quarter of all late payments.

To be sure:

The IRS wrote off some of those late payments because the people who owed the payments were dead

Doesn’t necessarily keep them from voting, of course.

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