The Health Care Lose-Lose Scenario Facing Democrats

By: Friday June 22, 2012 12:14 pm

With the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act only days away, I have tried to play out all the potential ways the Court could rule and what they would mean on a purely political level this election. As best as I can tell, any Court decision is likely to be either a political [...]

Romney and Obama Seen With Different Economic Strengths

By: Monday May 21, 2012 11:40 am

This election is going to be dominated by the state of the economy, but the “economy” is not a single issue. It is made up of several distinct parts, and voters see each presidential candidate as having an advantage on particular economic issues, according to Gallup. President Obama has an advantage on the issue of [...]

Health Insurance Rate Review Likely to Make California Ballot

By: Friday May 18, 2012 2:12 pm

This November the voters of California will likely decide whether or not to give their state regulators the ability to approve or deny health insurance premium increases. Today the group Consumer Watchdog turned in over 800,000 signatures for their ballot initiative which should be more than enough to qualify. From Consumer Watchdog: 800,000 signatures to [...]

Romney Again Pledges to Repeal ‘ObamaCare’

By: Friday March 23, 2012 2:05 pm

What was said: Mitt Romney used an op-ed in USA Today to again reaffirm his commitment to completely repealing and replacing ‘ObamaCare’ if elected. From USA Today op-ed “Romney: Why I’d repeal ObamaCare” Friday is the second anniversary of ObamaCare. It is past time to abolish the program, root and branch. The Supreme Court will [...]

More People Might “Thank Obamacare” If It Had Actually Done More Sooner

By: Monday October 24, 2011 3:46 pm

Supporters of the new Affordable Care Act have recently launched the “Thanks Obamacare!” campaign to highlight the law’s positive aspects. For the most part I agree with what Jonathan Cohn told Sarah Kliff about the political thinking behind this effort The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn has stood out as a strong backer of the law who [...]

Americans Not Better Off Than They Were 2 1/2 Years Ago

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 3:32 pm

Since January of 2009, when President Obama took office, the American people as a whole are noticeably worse off financially. This is a serious problem for the Obama campaign, and why they desperately need strong economic growth between now and the election.

ACA Or Kill Medicare, Voters Get to Choose Between Two Unpopular Health Care Plans

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 4:25 pm

In 2010 Americans could show support at the ballot box for the Affordable Care Act by voting for Democrats. Unfortunately for Democrats, they were so terrible at handling the politics, policy, and framing during the health care reform battle, ACA ended up very unpopular and will remain so for long time.

By the House Republicans putting Paul Ryan’s proposal to privatize Medicare and block grant Medicaid to a vote, and then making support of it a litmus test among candidates seeking the party’s presidential nomination, the Republican party has established an official GOP health care plan.

Ryan Medicare Vouchers Even Less Popular Than Individual Mandate

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 8:09 pm

The key Medicare provision in the Paul Ryan budget recently voted for by almost every Republican in the House is profoundly unpopular with the American people, according the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. When simply asked whether they wanted Medicare to remain a defined benefits plan or see it changed into a voucher system to [...]

Voting for Health Care Reform Was Very Bad for Democrats’ Electoral Health

By: Monday April 4, 2011 6:54 pm

Voting for the new health care law was extremely damaging to Democrats’ re-election prospects in 2010 according an analysis by Seth Masket and Steve Greene. From Enik Rising: For the paper, we look at the impact of four roll call votes: health reform, the stimulus, cap-and-trade, and the TARP bailout from 2008. We find that [...]

Obama’s 2012 Health Care Problem: Opinion of Reform Low and Getting Lower

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 11:29 am

The passage of health care reform is touted as one of President Obama’s most prominent achievements, yet it wasn’t popular with the American people when it passed, and continues to grow slightly less popular as time goes on. Gallup finds that on its one year anniversary, fewer Americans think reform was a good thing. Like [...]

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