Obama Still Up By Three, Unchanged By SCOTUS Upholding ACA

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 10:19 am

There is more confirmation that President Obama holds a small but consistent lead over Mitt Romney. The latest CNN-ORC poll found Obama with a three point lead among registered voters, Obama 49% – Romney 46%. The other good news for Obama in this poll is that his job approval rating is 51 percent.  While only [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Can GOP Keep Voters Upset About Health Care Law Voters Already Think Has Been Repealed?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Roughly a quarter of Americans actually think the new health care law has already been repealed, according to the latest poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation: In the wake of the health reform repeal vote in the U.S. House and the ongoing legal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 [...]

Modest Reforms of Senate Filibuster Rules Won’t Cause Political Backlash

By: Monday January 17, 2011 1:42 pm

I know this is often hard for professional politicians and political aides to comprehend, but regular Americans really don’t pay attention to abstract congressional maneuvers. If the Senate Democratic caucus thinks reforming Senate rules is a good thing that would eventually will lead to better policy outcomes, they should implement them. If they don’t think [...]

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