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Republicans in full retreat as ACA sign-ups spike and continue to climb

Since before the Affordable Care Act -- AKA:  Obamacare -- became law, the Republican Party has made it their life's ambition to kill "Obamacare."  House Republicans have tried 32 (or is it more?) times to repeal the ACA.  Every Republican politician at federal and state levels has raged and raged about the need to repeal or somehow block "Obamacare."  They danced in the streets when the ACA website rolled out with errors.

They aren't laughing any longer.  In fact, any Republican with half a brain (which isn't many of them) should be able to see the writing on the wall:  Obamacare is succeeding.

Republicans should have learned from history:

President Franklin D. Roosevelt faced heavy skepticism with his launch of Social Security in 1935-37. Turbulence also rocked subsequent key presidential initiatives, including Lyndon Johnson's rollout of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, Richard Nixon's Supplemental Security Income program in 1974 and George W. Bush's Medicare prescription drugs program in 2006. 
Yet these programs today are enormously popular with recipients.

The author of the website has been tracking the number of people signing up for Obamacare since Day One and his  numbers are staggering -- enrollment is soaring.  According to these numbers, 5.75 million have signed up as of Christmas Eve 2013, between those who have enrolled in private plans and who have qualified for Medicaid.

Here's the latest ACASignup chart.  Go the the website for a spreadsheet and updated chart.

The Republicans might want to re-think their plans to run against Obamacare in 2014 -- unless they want to take away medical insurance from several million voters who never before had medical insurance.

I've tried to avoid the "Duck Dynasty" nonsense, but . . .

I've tried to avoid commenting on the "Duck Dynasty" nonsense, however, this item I found today on Raw Story simply cannot be ignored.

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Recently uncovered video indicates that Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson may have fringe views — other than those on homosexuality and civil rights — that most Americans would find far outside the mainstream. 
In a controversial interview with GQ that was published online this month, Robertson had compared homosexuality to bestiality and terrorism. He also said that African-Americans were happy during the Jim Crow-era. 
The A&E network briefly suspended the reality TV star before bowing to pressure from fans and reinstating him only days later. 
But some Americans could also be shocked to find out that Robertson believes that the age of 15 is the perfect time for girls to get married — as long as they can cook and carry a Bible.
At a Sportsmen’s Ministry talk in 2009, Robertson had some advice for a young man.
“Make sure that she can cook a meal, you need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out,” he said. “Make sure she carries her Bible. That’ll save you a lot of trouble down the road. And if she picks your ducks, now, that’s a woman.” 
“They got to where they’re getting hard to find,” Robertson remarked. “Mainly because these boys are waiting until they get to be about 20 years old before they marry ‘em. Look, you wait until they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that’s going to take place is your pocket.” 
The Duck Commander company founder added: “You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16, they’ll pick your ducks. You need to check with mom and dad about that of course.” 
He went on to say that the Bible gave Americans the right to hunt. 
And Robertson practices what he preaches. He began dating his wife, Kay, when she was only 14 and he was 18. They waited until Kay was 16 to get married.
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And this man is idolized by millions who watch his "reality" teevee show.