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Username: Emily Cadik
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Created: Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM CDT
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Email: emily@burntorangereport.com

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Emily grew up near Houston and attended UT-Austin before getting her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She now lives in Washington, DC, where she worked at HUD for several years and works on affordable housing policy and advocacy.  

Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Exceed Expectations, Confound Republicans


by: Emily Cadik

Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT


Yesterday the president announced that 8 million people have gotten health insurance through the federal marketplace, easily surpassing the original goal of 7 million. Combined with those who have enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, the young people who have been able to stay on their parents' health insurance and those who bought plans outside of the marketplace, the total comes to 14 million people who are ensured because of the Affordable Care Act.

The president is calling the results something that Democrats should "forcefully defend and be proud of" heading into the 2014 elections. And he kicked it off by taking a more forceful approach himself. "They said no one would sign up. They were wrong about that," he said in a press conference. "They are wrong to try to repeal a law that is working."

See why we are a nation of procrastinators after the jump.

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Texas Cities are Some of the Most Economically Segregated


by: Emily Cadik

Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT


Texas cities may be major engines of growth, but they are also some of the most segregated in the country in terms of human capital and income inequality.

A recent article in Atlantic Cities looks into the geographic segregation of highly educated people (defined as having a Bachelor's degree or higher) across every census tract in the U.S.

As it turns out, of the top ten large metro areas where highly educated people are the most segregated from other groups, two are in Texas: the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metro area and the San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area. But looking at the map, you can see that basically every large metro area in Texas has a high level of human capital segregation.

In general, educated people are pretty segregated in major cities across the board. But why does education segregation happen more in some places than others?

Find out after the jump.

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You May Have One More Day to Get Health Insurance


by: Emily Cadik

Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT

When the federal health insurance marketplace closed on March 31, estimates showed that over 7.5 million people would have health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. But the numbers aren't quite final just yet - the 7.5 million estimate actually includes 400,000 people who attempted to apply before the deadline but couldn't complete the process.

If you meant to enroll in health insurance this year and didn't, you've missed the deadline to avoid paying the minimum essential coverage fee.

But if you made a good faith effort to enroll through the federal marketplace and were not able to, you may still be eligible to apply under a grace period that ends tomorrow.

Find out if you qualify after the jump.

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Ted Cruz Says No to Republican Progress on Immigration


by: Emily Cadik

Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

Earlier this week, Jeb Bush took a softer stance on undocumented immigration. "Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony," he said. "It's an act of love, It's an act of commitment to your family."

But Ted Cruz is not feeling as compassionate. "We're a nation of immigrations, we need to celebrate that," he told CNN. "But at the same time, rule of law matters."

Like many other anti-immigrant Republicans, Cruz's focus is on border security rather than fixing the broken system. In fact, Cruz has argued that Republicans should not even begin debating the issue of immigration reform until 2015, despite the fact that there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and his current position would provide no solution other than deportation.

Read more about Cruz's position on immigration and why he wants to postpone the debate after the jump.

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Over 11 Million People Have Health Insurance Because of the Affordable Care Act


by: Emily Cadik

Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 04:49 PM CDT

Between the federal health insurance exchange opening in October and this Monday's deadline, 7.1 million people enrolled in health insurance through the federal exchange created under the Affordable Care Act.

Over 4 million more enrolled through the Medicaid - though of course none of them are in Texas. And this number will climb even higher throughout the year. Because Medicaid does not have any enrollment deadlines, the Obama administration will spend the coming months focusing its enrollment efforts on the group of people eligible for Medicaid who have not yet enrolled.

The Affordable Care Act's now undeniable success has left opponents of the law floundering - either calling the numbers false, changing the subject, or simply remaining in denial. For instance, Louie Gohmert called the Affordable Care Act "the ultimate April Fools' Day joke."

Meanwhile, for the first time, support for the Affordable Care Act has surpassed opposition. Currently 49 percent of Americans support the law, while 48 percent do not. It's still a lot of opposition, but the trend suggests that the enrollment numbers are finally having an impact.

Read about the outreach involved in the law's success after the jump.

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Rick Perry: "I Am Definitely Enrolling in Medicaid When I'm No Longer Governor"


by: Emily Cadik

Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 10:30 AM CDT

Ed. Note: Check the date on the post...
This morning on FOX News, Governor Rick Perry announced his intention to enroll in Medicaid once his term as governor ends. Citing recent financial difficulties, Perry sees Medicaid as his best option once he no longer has a salary, savings or health care.  

"If I become President I think I'll be okay financially," Perry said. "But if that doesn't work out, I don't really have a back-up plan. And to be honest I've been mowing through my governor's salary and my savings at a pretty fast clip - I mean, my new glasses weren't cheap."

Perry has identified Medicaid as the best and often the only health care option for low-income Texans, and plans to be a low-income Texan himself soon. In addition, Perry has had numerous issues with his back and expects his medical bills to be out of control once he no longer has government health insurance.

Find out how Ted Cruz feels about the announcement below the jump.

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Ted Cruz's Anti-Obamacare Poll Flooded by Thousands of People that Obamacare Helped


by: Emily Cadik

Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

Trolling for an anti-Obamacare frenzy, Ted Cruz posed the following question to his Facebook followers on March 24: "Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday. Are you better off now than you were then? Comment with YES or NO!"

But instead of the indignant rage he had hoped for from his friends on the right, he got 46,000 comments overwhelmingly from people whose lives were made better or even saved by the Affordable Care Act.

With now close to 7 million people enrolled through the federal health exchanges in addition to the millions more enrolled through Medicaid, the fact that so many people are better off should not come as a surprise. Despite Cruz's claim on Facebook later in the week that more people have lost health insurance through the Affordable Care Act than gained it, the reality is that millions of people now have something tangible that they didn't have before.

Having always had good health insurance that he hasn't struggled to pay for, Ted Cruz probably doesn't notice any differences in his life now that the Affordable Care Act has been implemented. But he forgot about the 7 million people who are seeing lower costs, receiving better health care coverage or even having coverage for the first time. Whether one agrees with the ideology behind the law or not, it's hard to imagine at this point that even someone like Ted Cruz could think the number of people whose lives have been impacted negatively could possibly outnumber those who have been helped.

See a sample of the comments below the jump.

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It's Time to Raise the Minimum Wage


by: Emily Cadik

Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT


On Thursday, Connecticut became the first state to raise its minimum wage to $10.10. It's the highest minimum wage of any state, and is almost $3 higher than the minimum wage in Texas.

President Obama called for a $10.10 minimum wage in his State of the Union and has been pushing for it ever since, with the support of many Democrats in Congress. In February the President raised the minimum wage for federally contracted workers by executive order. But he's hoping that this step is the first of many.

In this morning's weekly address from the White House, Vice President Joe Biden continued the charge. "The big difference between giving a raise in the minimum wage instead of a tax break to the very wealthy is the minimum wage worker will go out and spend every penny of it because they're living on the edge," he said. "They'll spend it in the local economy. They need it to pay their electric bill, put gas in their automobile, to buy fundamental necessities. And this generates economic growth in their communities."

A minimum wage increase is long overdue. The real value of the minimum wage has fallen by close to one third since 1968. A full-time minimum wage worker currently makes $14,500 each year, which puts any minimum wage worker with kids below the poverty line.

See what raising the minimum wage would mean for Texas and for women after the jump.

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Dancing Behind Bars? Tom DeLay Heads Back to Court


by: Emily Cadik

Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 03:30 PM CDT


Ever since his money laundering and conspiracy convictions were dismissed, Tom DeLay has been living the good life. He joined Dancing with the Stars. He wrote a book comparing liberals to Holocaust-deniers, white supremacists and even Hitler himself. He made his rounds on the talk shows demanding to see President Obama's birth certificate. But now it's time to face the music, and DeLay is heading back to court.

Though DeLay was found guilty on charges of conspiracy and money laundering and handed a three-year prison sentence in 2011, the 3rd Court of Appeals dismissed them last fall due to "legally insufficient evidence." Last week, though, the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals agreed to reopen the case.

There's more after the jump.

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Lt. Gov. Candidate Dan Patrick: Government Shouldn't Do Anything About Equal Pay


by: Emily Cadik

Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT


Greg Abbott spent much of this week digging himself into a hole on equal pay, and now Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick has decided to join him.

On Thursday, Patrick said while he thinks men and women should be paid equally, he does not believe the government should do anything proactive to actually advance pay equity. "Women should be should be paid the same as a man," Patrick said, "but I don't believe government should enforce it." Ever trusting of the laissez faire approach to equal rights, Patrick added, "I just believe in free markets and I believe the market is the best place to do that."

In Texas, the free market has resulted in women making, on average, 79 cents to every dollar a man makes. Or in the case of Greg Abbott's office, only 74 cents to every dollar a man earns.

Patrick's statement also comes after a week of hearing that women are just bad negotiators and perhaps even "too busy" for equally pay.  

Read about the response to the recent offensive equal pay statements after the jump.  

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