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October 3, 2013 / Christian Clansky

Eight million uninsured will remain helplessly stuck between Medicaid and Obamacare

A provision of the Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid coverage to close a gap between those currently eligible for Medicaid and those who qualify for subsidized insurance. However, the Supreme Court ruled last year that states could not be mandated to expand Medicaid. Subsequently, 26 states, including Virginia, have opted-out. The net result is that an atrociously large number of people still won’t have insurance (NYT, 10/3):

A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help…they are among the eight million Americans who are impoverished, uninsured and ineligible for help.

Related: An interactive infographic shows the geography of uninsured poverty. It also looks at how racial groups are affected by the Medicaid expansion and at which occupations are most common to the uninsured. “Member of Congress” didn’t make that jobs list for some reason. (NYT, 10/3)

EDUCATION
– The education committee of the D.C. Council has approved a bill that would end the practice of “social promotion.” Under the current system, students are automatically promoted from the proletariat to the bourgeoisie…wait, that’s not right.

Social promotion automatically advances students to the next grade level unless they lack proficiency in either third, fifth, or eighth grades. The new law would allow under-performing students to be held back at any grade level. (WaPo, 10/3)

– The District is alleging that millions of dollars that it directed to the Options Public Charter School, which serves “troubled teens and students with disabilities,” has been re-directed into the pockets of some of the school’s managers. (WaPo, 10/3) It’s hard to get much lower than that.

– As part of a promotion for a new documentary, the Sundance Channel put together an infographic about the nation’s dropout rate and its causes. Here’s one fact: 47 percent of dropouts left school because their classes were boring. (HuffPo, 10/3)

SHUTDOWN
– Although the District is still open during the shutdown, its Medicaid program has announced that it will immediately cease payments to private health plan contractors and hospitals, doctors, and clinics. (WBJ, 10/3)

The Atlantic believes that, despite some meetings and hopeful headlines yesterday, we’re still in the early stages of the shutdown. Let’s hope they are completely wrong. (Atlantic, 10/3)

Star Trek actor George Takei used Facebook to re-appropriate a famous scene from The Wrath of Khan and direct it towards the Hill. Nice work, sir!

LOCAL | Strange things are afoot. Perhaps trying to capitalize on lowered security due to the shutdown, a mountain lion was allegedly wandering around southeast D.C. last night. Let me repeat. A MOUNTAIN LION. “Nature’s perfect predators,” according to Animal Planet, “built for killing.” It was nice knowing all of you. (WaPo, 10/3)


David Bowie is a supremely interesting human being with an incredibly creative career. The guy has been Ziggy Stardust, the Goblin King, and even Nikola Tesla! So, I find the list of his 100 favorite books to be quite neat (and probably too obscure for me to actually appreciate). And here’s a little bit of his rock and roll to get you through the afternoon.

I’ll be camping under my desk until the Beast of Southeast has been captured, but Rebekah has the Daily tomorrow. Hope you all survive the weekend!

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