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Noted for Your Morning Procrastination for November 12, 2013

  1. Dylan Scott: Can Obama's 'Keep Your Health Plan' Promise Be Salvaged?: "Obama implied that this wasn't supposed to happen, that these canceled plans were some bug in the implementation of the law that his administration hadn't intended.... That struck health policy experts, even those supportive of the law, as an odd thing for the president to say. Obamacare was designed to disrupt the individual market, where medical underwriting had led to discrimination and high prices for a lot of people. The way that the law tried to correct some of those flaws was requiring comprehensive coverage, mandating that insurers cover everybody and effectively combining all of the market's participants into one big risk pool..."
  2. DPM: If You Don’t Censor Yourself, Who Will?: "I don’t think anyone’s written about the decision of Bloomberg News to spike stories critical of the Chinese government, either because they’re like news organizations in Nazi Germany and need to preserve their access to report anything, or because they need the sweet, sweet cash that comes from renting Bloomberg terminals to state-run investment houses...3. Bill Maher: 'There's Always a Good, Moral, Christian Reason to Tell Everyone You Meet to F*k Off and Die': "And finally New Rule, it's okay if you don't want to feed the hungry, or heal the sick, or house the homeless. Just don't say you're doing it for their own good. Don't say you'd like to help people, but your hands are tied, because if you did it would cause the culture of dependency, or go against the Bible, or worst of all, rob them of their freedom... to be sick and hungry. Just admit you're selfish and based on how little your beliefs mirror the actual teachings of Jesus, you might as well claim to worship Despicable Me. […] Oh sure, we'd like to help people who are starving, but what if they used the strength from not starving, to take drugs? Yes, there's always a good, moral, Christian reason to tell everyone you meet to f*k off and die."
  3. Dan Amira: Reaching for the Word Salad Dressing: "Let’s say the GOP somehow managed to successfully scrap Obamacare--what do you replace it with...? Sarah Palin, while promoting her new “war on Christmas” book, was asked this question by Matt Lauer this morning. Her answer: 35 seconds of word salad: 'The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a health-care system in America that certainly does need more help so that there’s more competition, there’s less tort reform threat, there’s less trajectory of the cost increases, and those plans have been proposed over and over again. And what thwarts those plans? It’s the far left. It’s President Obama and his supporters who will not allow the Republicans to usher in free market, patient-centered, doctor-patient relationship links to reform health care'."

Plus: Long:

Ashok Rao: High Inflation and the Supply Side | Brink Lindsey: Why Growth Is Getting Harder | Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France |

Plus: Short

Ed Kilgore: 60 Minutes, 90 Seconds | Paul Waldmann: Why Isn't Everyone More Worried about Me? Lori Gottleib's most ridiculous Obamacare "victim" story yet | Brad Plumer: The unemployment rate for recent veterans is incredibly high | Nate Cohn: Cartograms Are An Important Infographic Tool | Charlie Stross: Catching a Blighty | Izabella Kaminska: Greenspan’s dilemma revived |