Dems Bank on the Lesser of Two Evils Strategy for Health Care

By: Monday February 17, 2014 9:42 am

The Affordable Care Act is still very unpopular and Democrats have come to accept it won’t get popular in the next several months. So to try to deal with this liability Democrats are going to focus on how Republican health care ideas are even worse than Obamacare. From Politico: Democrats know their biggest problem in [...]

GOP Governors’ Decision Not to Build Exchanges Was One of the Smartest Political Moves in Years

By: Tuesday December 3, 2013 11:27 am

In light of the continuing problems with it is clear Republican governors made an incredibly smart political decision when they opted not to build their own state-based exchanges. If you separate it from the policy implications, on a purely political level it was one of the smartest collective political moves in years

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 [...]

Can GOP Keep Voters Upset About Health Care Law Voters Already Think Has Been Repealed?

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 11:45 am

Roughly a quarter of Americans actually think the new health care law has already been repealed, according to the latest poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation: In the wake of the health reform repeal vote in the U.S. House and the ongoing legal challenges over the individual mandate, nearly half the country either believes that [...]

Dear Congress, Almost No One Knows or Cares About Your Kabuki

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 6:48 pm

It’s Christmas time, and I’m surrounded by family. Like with almost any large family gathering, the conversation eventually turns to polite questions about work. The family knows I write about politics, so, over the course of several days, I tend to have a brief conversation about Congress and politics with each member of the family. [...]

Massachusetts Voters Appear Ready to Embrace Single Payer

By: Monday November 8, 2010 6:26 pm

Massachusetts is considered one of the most liberal states in the country. It has already adopted a private insurance-based, near-universal health insurance system under Republican Governor Mitt Romney. Given that, it should come as no surprise that, in a large swath of the state, voters signaled their willingness to adopt a universal single-payer health care [...]

It’s the Economy

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 5:03 pm

There are only so many ways to say elections are heavily about the economy, but this chart from Pew really jumped out at me. look at the breakdown based on how people think the economy is doing: Things were already bad in early 2006. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were clear quagmires and real [...]

The Scale of the GOP Wave Was Evident for Almost a Year

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 4:30 pm

In January FDL hired SurveyUSA to test “swing” congressional districts and find out just how much damage Democrats’ incompetent handling of the health care debate was doing to them. The results from our four polls in OH-01, AR-02, IN-02, and NY-01 are almost identical to final results yesterday:

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