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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/23/2011

The Morning Plum

* Health reform turns one year old today: Read of the morning: Jonathan Cohn has a really nice piece on why we should celebrate the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and why you’ll have to wait until at least 2014 for the argument over it to finally run its course.

Cohn’s argument: For all its flaws, the law will extend insurance to tens of millions of people, while conservatives who oppose the law are fundamentally uninterested in advancing a substitute that would do anything close to this.

* But its fate remains uncertain: No one even knows how many people have even been impacted by the law thus far, and Amy Goldstein and N.C. Aizenman have a good overview of how the battle over its public image and even over its very survival is still very much up in the air.

* Newsflash: Some oppose health law because it didn’t go far enough: There’s been a ton of discussion of how opposition to the health law hasn’t budget in the year since it passed, and a new CNN poll finds the same, but it’s also worth pointing out that a quarter of the opposition thinks the law wasn’t ambitious enough.

* No, tax hikes won’t be part of “bipartisan” talks on deficit: The other day I asked whether Republicans would allow even the possibility of tax hikes on the rich to be part of the “bipartisan” discussions on how to rein in the deficit. Well, according to Grover Norquist, he has been assured by the GOP Congressional leadership that they won’t allow any such thing.

Which raises a question: In what sense are these discussions even bipartisan?

* Breaking: Big majority says job creation more important than spending cuts: The new CBS News poll finds generalized deficit anxiety running high, but it also finds that 63 percent say creating jobs is a more important priority right now than cutting spending. Only 26 percent — barely more than one-fourth — pick the latter.

Why are Dems largely capitulating to the right’s austerity/cut-cut-cut frame?

* Tea Partyers want GOP to compromise on budget: Another interesting number from the CBS poll:Even a majority of Tea Party supporters (56 percent) want the GOP to compromise with Dems to reach a budget deal, though four in 10 want a government shutdown rather than any kind of compromise.

* Could Dems take back the House in 2012? Chris Cillizza games it out and finds that while Dems enjoy some advantages, their efforts could be heavily complicated by GOP control of redistricting in a large amount of swing seats.

* Mitt Romney’s health care Gordian Knot, ctd.: This one is funny: Mitt is now vowing that his first act as president would be to “issue an executive order paving the way for Obamacare waivers to all 50 states,” because states should be “free to experiment.”

Of course, when Romney was governor of Massachusetts, his state used this freedom to “experiment” to pass a health reform plan with the now-despised individual mandate. This is Mitt’s latest effort to present his own approach to reform as a Tea Party freedom solution of sorts.

* The right’s contradictory attack on Obama: Dana Milbank marvels at the ability of conservatives to attack Obama as alternately tyrannical and weak without missing a beat.

Also, a fascinating nugget from Milbank: “White House officials tell me the decision to proceed with the South America trip was made in part to convey that the Libya bombardment was not a major military action.”

* Libya is not Iraq: Juan Cole has an interesting look at the top 10 ways that Obama’s Libya mission is nothing like Bush’s Iraq invasion.

* Inside Media Matters:Jason Horowitz has an interesting glimpse at the inner workings of Media Matters as it evolves into a more overtly political, guerrilla warfare oriented operation.

* Labor history lesson of the day: Harold Meyerson on how the Triangle shirtwaist fire — 100 years ago this Friday — foreshadowed an unwillingness of private sector interests to submit to any kind of reasonable regulations that is still alive and well today.

* And the anti-labor GOP governor overreach of the day: Maine governor Paul LePage, who is squaring off with unions in a budget battle, orders the state Department of Labor to remove a mural depicting the history of the state’s labor movement . This one will drive some discussion today.

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