Majority Who Tried the Exchanges Didn’t Find It Easy or Affordable

By: Friday September 19, 2014 8:36 am

The Affordable Care Act was sold as giving regular people an easy way to get affordable insurance. That is not exactly how it has worked out for people using the program, according to a new report for the Commonwealth Fund. It found that that 62 percent of people who tried to get insurance through the [...]

As We Go to War, Congress Goes Home

By: Friday September 19, 2014 7:42 am

As President Obama gets the nation involved in a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy war in Syria, Congress is leaving the capital for the next two months to campaign for re-election to the job they refuse to do. They left without actually voting on a declaration of war as is required by the Constitution. The [...]

We Are Arming All Sides

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 1:12 pm

UPDATE: Obama Delivers Statement on Continuing Resolution Audio link Before sending more weapons to so-called “moderate” rebel groups in Syria, let’s just take a moment to consider the pernicious arms cycle we perpetuate. Previously, we armed rebels in Libya. That helped overthrow the dictator there but also destabilized the country. As a result of the [...]

More on Private Insurance Whac-A-Mole

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 11:47 am

The Affordable Care Act banned some of the private insurance industry’s worst practices, like denying coverage based on preexisting conditions, but that doesn’t mean they were just going to stop trying to find ways to get out of paying for customers’ health care. It simply started a game of consumer protection whac-a-mole where the industry [...]

Because Libya Worked Out So Well….

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 7:42 am

The more we learn about President Obama’s strategy for Syria the more it sounds almost exactly like his previous war plan in Libya. The basic idea is to use a combination of heavy airstrikes, limited assets on the ground, training/arming/aiding “moderate” rebels with the help of other countries in the Middle East, and working against [...]

Small Majority Backs Obama’s Plan Against ISIS for Now

By: Monday September 15, 2014 11:11 am

For the moment President Obama enjoys majority support for his plan to go after ISIS. According to a new Pew Research poll, 53 percent approve of his plan for a military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria while 29 percent disapprove and another 19 percent are undecided. The problem for Obama is that [...]

New Poll Doesn’t Actually Prove Term “Affordable Care Act” Hurts Support for Medicaid Expansion

By: Monday September 15, 2014 8:54 am

Morning Consult claims a new poll of theirs proves that simply adding the name “Affordable Care Act” makes Medicaid expansion noticeably less popular, but that conclusion can’t actually be reached from the questions they used. From Morning Consult: Three little words is all it takes to change voters’ minds about Medicaid expansion. Morning Consult polling shows [...]

Opinion of Obamacare Drops Among Middle Income Families

By: Friday September 12, 2014 12:26 pm

For a long time Democrats banked on the fact that once people started directly experiencing the planned benefits of the Affordable Care Act they would come to like it, but that hasn’t happened. If anything the implementation of the law seems to have just hardened the divide. According to Pew Research, 52 percent of the [...]

CBO: Smarter Sentencing Act Would Save Billions Over the Next Decade

By: Friday September 12, 2014 7:26 am

Not surprisingly, shortening some our of absurdly long mandatory minimum sentencing rules for non-violent drug offenders would reduce the prison population and save the government a significant amount of money. A new report from the Congressional Budget Office looks at the financial impact of the Senate proposed Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reduce mandatory minimums [...]

John Kerry Tries to Claim a War Isn’t a War

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 1:35 pm

The next few weeks are going to be filled with Democrats and Administration officials twisting themselves into logical knots to pretend getting involved in the war in Syria doesn’t mean we are at war. Taking the lead at the moment is Secretary of State John Kerry. From CBS News: “We’re engaged in a major counterterrorism [...]