Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

By: Monday November 17, 2014 8:04 am

President Obama’s signature health care law continues to get less popular. Approval of the law has dropped to just 37 percent in the latest Gallup poll. From Gallup: Democrats assumed the law would get popular after it was signed — it did not. They thought it would become popular after they did a public campaign [...]

Why You Should Really Shop for a New Insurance Plan on the Exchanges

By: Monday November 17, 2014 6:24 am

Over the weekend the second open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began and it seems this time Healthcare.gov is mostly stable this time, so consider this is a public service announcement. If you get insurance via one of the new exchanges last year you should really consider shopping around for a new policy. Polling [...]

Most Aren’t Going to Use the Insurance Exchanges Correctly

By: Friday November 14, 2014 7:32 am

The vast majority of people who get insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges last year aren’t planning to shop around again this year according to Gallup. More than two thirds are planning to renew their current policies. This result shouldn’t be surprising. Comparison shopping for insurance policies is extremely difficult. Switching policies can also [...]

Get Ready for Legislative Jenga

By: Friday November 14, 2014 6:58 am

The chances the Republican controlled Congress and President Obama will proactively reach some big legislative deals seem remote. Republicans have almost no incentive to compromise with Obama, and the President’s decision to move forward with executive actions indicates he finally realizes deal making is unlikely. This means that one of the only ways the Republican-controlled [...]

Remembering Obama’s Biggest Broken Health Care Promise

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 7:04 am

Since there has been a lot of media focus on Jonathan Gruber’s recently uncovered remarks about the American voters, I want to put it in the proper historic context. During the 2008 election a major attack line from candidate Obama was pointing out that John McCain planned to tax employer-provided health insurance. It was very effective [...]

Health Care Reform Was Not About the Economy for Voters

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 6:15 am

Charlie Cook made the rather unconventional point that Democrats suffered from President Obama’s rather poor handling economy in 2009, but Jonathan Bernstein took issue with this assessment. Bernstein’s defense of Obama I think is worth mentioning mainly because he is accidentally highlighting what was Democrats’ big problem. From Bloomberg View: 6. The stimulus package, Detroit [...]

Why Republicans Have No Incentives to Make Deals with Obama

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 9:26 am

I’m very skeptical that any significant legislative deals will be reached between congressional Republicans and President Obama over the next two years because Republican members have almost no incentive to compromise. In the house most seats have been gerrymandered to be very safe for one party or the other. As a result many house Republicans [...]

Jonathan Gruber Admits the Plan to Sell Obamacare Was a Long Con

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 7:55 am

Jonathan Gruber was a chief paid advisor on the Affordable Care Act, a fact he often neglected to mention when he was pretending to be an outside expert during media interviews. He would make hyperbolic statements praising how incredible the law would be that the White House would then use in a well orchestrated plan [...]

It Is the Policy, Not the Messaging

By: Monday November 10, 2014 10:15 am

I found this section from Noam Scheiber’s look at Valarie Jarrett’s role in the Obama White House perfectly highlights the administration’s biggest political problems. From the New Republic: Valerie Jarrett is not above keeping a shit list—or as hers was titled, a “least constructive” list. One progressive activist recalls Jarrett holding the document during a [...]

President Obama Failed

By: Monday November 10, 2014 8:54 am

Under President Obama’s tenure, the Republican party has just won control of the Senate, their largest majority in the House in decades, and a historic level of control over state legislatures. Given that the Republican brand is still pretty bad, our elections have become heavily nationalized, and the exit polls show over half the electorate [...]