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Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on February 6, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

Great Moments in Socialized Medicine
“After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor’s office,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Example:

Aliso Viejo resident Danielle Nelson said Anthem Blue Cross promised half a dozen times that her oncologists would be covered under her new policy. She was diagnosed last year with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and discovered a suspicious lump near her jaw in early January.

But when she went to her oncologist’s office, she promptly encountered a bright orange sign saying that Covered California plans are not accepted.

“I’m a complete fan of the Affordable Care Act, but now I can’t sleep at night,” Nelson said. “I can’t imagine this is how President Obama wanted it to happen.”

But don’t worry. We have it on the authority of former Enron adviser [and New York Times columnist] Paul Krugman that “nobody has ever found that their private insurer has told them the doctor they were using is no longer in the network.”

Questions Nobody Is Asking 
“Common Core Math Question for Sixth Graders: Was the 2000 Election ‘Fair’?”–headline,, Feb. 4

It’s Always in the Last Place You Look
“New Arrivals Are Finding a ‘Soviet-Style Dystopia’ in Sochi”–headline,, Feb. 5

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“Government Passwords Are Incredibly Easy to Hack”–headline,, Feb. 4

Bottom Stories of the Day
“Des Moines Not Included in List of New Southwest flights”–headline, Des Moines Registerwebsite, Feb. 5

‘The Body’ on the Run 
“Former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has gone ‘off the grid’ in Mexico to avoid drones knowing where he is,” Politico reports:

Ventura spoke with CNBC’s “Closing Bell” from an “undisclosed location in Mexico” on Tuesday, prompting the hosts to ask him where he was and why he was there.

“I’m off the grid. I move about with my TV show so that the drones can’t find me and you won’t know exactly where I am,” Ventura said, talking over the host’s question as to whether it was a hoax.

The former third-party governor hosts a show called “Off the Grid” on Ora TV. . . .

Ventura ignored [a] question from the host asking how he could be off the grid with Internet access.

Hey, that’s a good question. Though if he’s not off the grid, it certainly sounds as if he’s off something.

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