Here's a story Democrats may want to tout again and again heading into the midterm elections.
Pennsylvania logger Dean Angstadt needed valve-replacement surgery to fix a life-threatening heart problem, but he wasn't sure he could afford the procedure, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday. Though Angstadt was initially leery of ObamaCare, he signed up after enough prodding from a friend, enrolling in a plan that in the first month cost him just $26.11.
New plan in hand, Angstadt got the surgery and pulled through. "I could have done backflips if I was in better shape," he told the Inquirer.
So why did he resist enrolling in ObamaCare for so long? As he explained to the Washington Post's Erik Wemple, he's a Fox News guy who trusted Republicans' dire warnings about the law.
MSNBC and other liberal-leaning outlets are promoting the story as proof that the law works, and that a powerful GOP messaging war has wrongly turned vulnerable folks away from it. And indeed, there's some merit to that claim. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey last month found that people were more likely to support ObamaCare provisions if they didn't know they were part of ObamaCare. And another poll last year found that though 46 percent of Americans opposed "ObamaCare," only 36 percent opposed the Affordable Care Act, even though the two are one and the same. Jon Terbush
For the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Coldplay called in a few friends to help rock Levi's Stadium. After playing a medley of hits, the band stepped aside to let Bruno Mars perform "Uptown Funk" and Beyonce and crew steal the show with "Formation." The show ended with everyone joining forces to sing together, fireworks, and a special message in the stands. Catherine Garcia
Fans of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers went all out for Super Bowl 50, donning their wackiest wigs, outfits, and accessories for the big game (all in shades of orange and blue, of course), with some even going so far as shaving the number of their favorite player into their hair. Here's a look at some of the biggest fans at Levi's Stadium. Catherine Garcia
Jordan Norwood of the Denver Broncos set a record on Sunday for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history.
Norwood caught the ball and sprinted for 61 yards before being ran down by Mario Addison on the Panthers' 14-yard-line, NBC Sports reports. The new record shatters the previous one made by John Taylor, 45 yards, during Super Bowl XXIII. Catherine Garcia
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is known to celebrate first downs and touchdowns by "dabbing," but did you know it was actually Betty White who taught him everything he knows about the dance craze? Okay, that might not be entirely true, but White is certainly taking credit for it in a new CBS Sports video. Watch everyone's favorite golden girl show off her moves in the video below. Catherine Garcia
Before Super Bowl 50 began, the MVPs from previous years were celebrated during a ceremony at Levi's Stadium.
Former football stars Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, and Ray Lewis were cheered, but one player wasn't shown the same respect — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who instead was booed by the crowd. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia
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Super Bowl 50 started off with a bang, as Lady Gaga sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. In an earlier interview with the NFL Network, the pop star said performing at the Super Bowl was an "honor" and "a total dream come true." Catherine Garcia
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