2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
And another one bites the dust. New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie will announce later today that his state will accede to the Affordable Care Act’s provision to expand Medicare eligibility, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports.
Republican governors have been resisting the expansion, taking a lawsuit against the federal government all the way to the Supreme Court, but are backing down one by one. Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the most outspoken of the GOP governors against the healthcare law, also relented.
The expansion in New Jersey will provide healthcare coverage to about 300,000 residents who currently don’t have it. Washington will cover 100 percent of the cost for the expansion for the first three years, before support drops to 90 percent, but Republican governors worried the money would be insufficient or discontinue after some time.
So far, 39 states have announced their plans, with 22 — including nine with GOP governors — saying they’ll go along with the expansion. The remaining 17 have turned it down, but advocates expect them to reverse course down the line.
Scott is already facing a Tea Party backlash over the change, and Christie most likely will as well. And he’s already on thin ice with the conservative base. Christie was not invited to CPAC this year, the upcoming conservative gathering in Washington, and was scorned by his party for working with President Obama on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts shortly before the election.
Alex Seitz-Wald is Salon's political reporter. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow him on Twitter @aseitzwald.More Alex Seitz-Wald.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.