Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 3, 2014
April 3, 2014
The National Journal --citing early data from Blue Cross-Blue Shield-- reports that about 15-to-20-percent of enrollees in the Affordable Care Act aren't paying their first month's premium, which means they're not actually covered. That estimate is apparently what other major insurance carriers taking part in the program are seeing as well.
That 15-to-20-percent figure is based on policies that took effect February 1st or earlier. (Pacelli)
Top talkables of the day:
Who'd wanna buy the house that serial killer JEFFREY DAHMER lived in?
The family home, in Bath, Ohio, was the place where he murdered his first of 17 victims in 1978 --an 18-year-old hitchhiker named STEVEN HICKS who was hitchhiking to a rock concert until Jeffrey managed to lure him into the house and killed him with a dumbbell, later burying the remains in the back yard.
But the realtor, RICH LUBINSKI of Stouffer Realty, says he thinks the place will go and has priced it at a mere $295-thousand dollars.
Jeffrey, of course, doesn't care --he was beaten to death in jail by another inmate back in 1994.
Editor's note: In honor of Dahmer's lovely legacy, could they sell the house in pieces, or maybe to a vegan? (Maiman)
On, off and way off-Broadway:
Tickets for the TUPAC SHAKUR musical, "Holler If Ya Hear Me," go on sale Monday. Playbill.com says performances begin May 29th at the Palace Theater, and opening night is June 19th. Some $35-dollar tickets will be available for students who sign up for membership at Tix4Students.com. You have to be 18 or older and enrolled in school to get in on the deal. (Marino)
Trolling for IQ points:
Missouri women who can burp on command are being given the opportunity to earn some extra cash.
An ad agency in St Louis says they'll pay women $750-dollars for their belches. They're looking for anything "from small, quiet burps to monstrously loud belches." The unidentified agency plans to record the burps for a soft drink commercial. (Still)
Making the rounds in Tinseltown:
There's talk of a sequel to AL GORE's 2006 movie, "An Inconvenient Truth."
Producer LAWRENCE BENDER tells the Hollywood Reporter there's been "conversations" about a new film and during a recent fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Mar 21 he told the audience, which included COURTENEY COX, ANJELICA HUSTON and ROBERT F. KENNEDY Jr, "Our new inconvenient truth is that not nearly enough concrete action has been taken."
Bender reportedly believes that after the documentary came out, the fossil-fuel industry issued a misinformation campaign. "They did a really good job of pushing back and confusing people," he says. "Some people actually believe global warming doesn't exist. [But] Everything in that movie has come to pass. At the time we did the movie, there was Hurricane Katrina; now we have extreme weather events every other week. The update has to be incredible and shocking."
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