Lunch Buffet

Good thing about losing a post to the spinning beach ball of doom is you get a chance to improve it on rewrite.

Here are some Obamacare-heavy midday nibbles:

* Wonkblog‘s Sarah Kliff thoroughly explains the “back-end” problems with transmission of enrollee data to insurers by the Obamacare enrollment system.

* TNR’s Jonathan Cohn argues that normal wait-til-last-minute habits have contributed as much or more to low Obamacare enrollment numbers than website problems.

* Greg Sargent has more on the hypocrisy and bad faith surrounding GOP attacks on Obamacare implementation.

* At TAP, Amelia Thompon-Deveaux discusses large potential impact of Obamacare contraception coverage mandate in reducing prior reliance on cheap “pill” option.

* Roll Call unveils list of Republican senators most vulnerable to primary challenges in 2014 (currently, in order of vulnerability, Enzi, McConnell, Cochran, Graham, Roberts, Alexander and Cornyn).

* At WaPo, our own Ryan Cooper speculates that huge J.P. Morgan settlement could signal Democratic shift towards “economic populism.”

And in sorta non-political news:

* Pope Francis’s anti-corruption campaign takes dramatic turn via sanctions on luxury-loving German bishop.

In another tribute to the October cold snap, here’s Elvis Costello with “I Felt the Chill Before the Winter Came.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.