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ObamaScare
July 10, 2014
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When asked what they think of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as ObamaCare, Republicans are scathing and united in their disapproval. According to Gallup, 87 percent of Republicans disapprove of the law, and 77 percent think it will make the healthcare situation worse.

But in terms of their own experiences with ObamaCare?

According to a new poll taken by the Commonwealth Fund, people enrolled in ObamaCare are satisfied. And yes, that includes Republicans:

Overall, 73 percent of people who bought health plans and 87 percent of those who signed up for Medicaid said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their new health insurance. Seventy-four percent of newly insured Republicans liked their plans. Even 77 percent of people who had insurance before — including members of the much-publicized group whose plans got canceled last year — were happy with their new coverage. [Commonwealth Fund]

So for all the Hitler analogies and claims that ObamaCare causes cancer, the people enrolled in the program — even Republicans — are mostly happy about it.

The Commonwealth Fund study also found that the percentage of uninsured has dropped dramatically, from 20 percent down to 15 percent, with an additional 9.5 million fewer people now uninsured. John Aziz

that's what the money is for
10:59 a.m. ET
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Mad Men is gone — but if you act now, you can own a small piece of it forever. Lionsgate has announced a special auction consisting of hundreds of Mad Men props, and you can check out the full catalog right now.

The Mad Men auction's Cadillac item is, quite literally, a Cadillac — the 1965 Coupe DeVille driven by Don Draper throughout the series. (Bidding starts at $1500.)

Other key props include Megan Draper's wedding ring ($150), Ken Cosgrove's eyepatch ($100), Roger Sterling's monogrammed money clip ($100), and — most bizarrely — the rope Lane Pryce used to hang himself ($50).

There are more than 1,300 Mad Men items going up for open auction, so there should be something for everyone. Bidding begins on Friday, and continues for a week. Click over to ScreenBids to check out the full roster for yourself. Scott Meslow

out with the old
10:52 a.m. ET
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The worst airport in the entire country — known colloquially to travelers as "hell on earth" but called "LaGuardia" by those who have never had to pass beneath its flickering florescent lights — will be torn down and eventually rebuilt from the ground up. Cue the choir of angels!

The $4 billion project will "replace the airport entirely," and is expected to be finished sometime around 2021. Among the planned improvements, the revamp will finally allow travelers to reach the Queens terminal via a rail link that will connect to the subway station in Willets Point. A ferry station is also in the works.

Since the delay-riddled airport is already operating close to capacity, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his plan is to appropriately streamline LaGuardia's layout to create a "single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space, and best-in-class passenger amenities."

All of this is great news for haters of the notoriously terrible terminal. "If I took [someone] blindfolded and took them to LaGuardia airport in New York, he would think, 'I must be in some third world country,'" Vice President Joe Biden once famously said. Hopefully, come 2021, the LaGuardia of our nightmares will be a distant memory. Jeva Lange

Boy Scouts
10:31 a.m. ET
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Shortly after the Boy Scouts of America officially announced Monday that it would lift its national ban on gay leaders, the Mormon Church, which sponsors the most Boy Scout troops of any religion, responded with disappointment.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today's vote," the church said in a statement. "When the leadership of the church resumes its regular schedule of meetings in August, the century-long association with scouting will need to be examined."

A church spokesman added that while the church "has always welcomed all boys to its Scouting units regardless of sexual orientation," the "admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America."

Though gay leaders will now be permitted in the BSA, churches that sponsor Scout troops still can exclude them for religious reasons. This exception was intended to appease the church, which seemed amenable to it. Just two weeks ago, the Mormon Church indicated that it "could remain in the fold so long as its units could pick their own leaders," The New York Times reports. Becca Stanek

Quotables
10:06 a.m. ET
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Today's best "well, actually" comes from none other than Mike Huckabee, who wants everyone to know that he has received an "overwhelmingly positive" response from Jews to his comments about the Iran nuclear deal taking Israelis "to the door of the oven."

Even Holocaust survivors and their children don't mind, Huckabee insisted in an interview with Today's Matt Lauer, adding that he would back his words even as president of the United States. Lauer reminded Huckabee that many Jews actually were offended by his language, which Lauer suggested was only used so that Huckabee would be heard "over the roar of Donald Trump." So, Lauer asked, would he really, truly, definitely, actually still say it all over again?

"Matt, we need to use strong words when people make strong threats against an entire group of people," Huckabee persisted. Watch the whole interview at Today.com, or below. Jeva Lange

superheroics
9:18 a.m. ET

With countless adventures and decades of back story to adapt, Hollywood was never going to going to make enough Wolverine movies to capture everything X-Men fans want to see. But if you've been waiting for a blockbuster adaptation of Old Man Logan or one of those weird Patch side stories, now's your chance to make your voice heard: Hugh Jackman wants to know what X-Men fans want to see him do as Wolverine before he hangs up the claws for good.

The poll started last night, but Jackman promised to read "as many as [he] can," so there's no reason not to weigh in now. I hope you'll join me in casting a vote for Wolverine getting ripped in half by the Hulk. Scott Meslow

Blast from the past
8:50 a.m. ET

These extraordinary horses might even give American Pharaoh something to be jealous of.

Every summer, the people of Fukushima prefecture honor their ancient Samurai and equine traditions during the Soma Nomaoi festival, which began over 1,000 years ago. The three-day festival reenacts Edo Period (roughly 1603-1869) battles — safely, of course! — without losing any of the vibrant, stampeding thrill of bygone days. Check it out. Jeva Lange

Four more years?
8:28 a.m. ET
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President Obama thinks he's a "pretty good president." Good enough that he says if he ran for a third term, he believes he could win. But, as he acknowledged in a Tuesday address at the African Union headquarters, a third term just isn't an option.

"I love my work, but under our Constitution, I cannot run again. I can't run again. I actually think I'm a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can't. So there's a lot that I'd like to do to keep America moving, but the law is the law, and no one person is above the law, not even the president." [Obama]

Now, Obama obviously isn't actually considering a third term as president. Rather, he used this hypothetical to prove a point to African leaders about the importance of stepping down from office when their terms ended. Recently in Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza was elected to a third term despite the constitutional limit of two terms.

Obama called on the African Union to curb this overreach of power and ensure that African leaders stick to the law. Obama also said he just doesn't understand why leaders don't step down when it's their turn to do so. "Frankly," Obama told the African Union, "I’m looking forward to life after being president." Becca Stanek

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