The Affordable Care Act was not popular when it was first approved and it has become even less popular as we approach the implementation date. This should be a concern for Democrats given that they are going to be forced to own Obamacare in the 2014 election.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 6, 2013 12:50 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 5, 2013 4:00 pm|
A bipartisan group of House members have been working for months to reach an immigration reform deal but it looks like their efforts won’t pay off.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 5, 2013 9:25 am|
The Democratic Party has decided to make California the face of Obamacare implementation. Multiple left-leaning writers have hailed California as the example of the law working. On Friday President Obama is going to fly all the way to San Jose to deliver a speech touting the new law.
|By: WI Budget Project Friday May 31, 2013 3:20 pm|
Conservative members of Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) who support the Governor’s BadgerCare changes are in a tough spot. On the one hand, they don’t want to add funding to the budget, and would like to free up as much funding as possible for income tax cuts. On the other hand, they don’t want to take the enhanced Medicaid financing from the Affordable Care Act
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 28, 2013 11:10 am|
At least some of the disagreement about how well Obamacare will turn out is actually not the result of individuals having vastly different predictions of what will happen, they simply have different ideas of what should constitute a success.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 28, 2013 8:30 am|
It has been over three years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law yet during all that time opinions about the law have barely moved. The law continues to remain unpopular.
According to a new CNN/ORC poll only 43 percent of the public supports the law while 54 percent say they oppose it. This is nearly identical to the level of support CNN found in 2010.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 22, 2013 10:20 am|
It appears one of the surprise losers during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act maybe some of the labor unions that most strongly supported the law. From the Hill:
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 20, 2013 9:25 am|
The bad design of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act has led some businesses to look at cutting part-time employee’s work to just under the 30 hour threshold, but that is not the only loophole business could exploit. Because the new law doesn’t apply the same standards to large businesses and self-insured companies they may theoretically avoid the mandate by offering what is basically just insurance in name only. From the Wall Street Journal:
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 20, 2013 7:35 am|
The GOP is convinced that the Affordable Care Act will remain a winning political issue for them. On Meet the Press Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it will be the “biggest issue” in the next congressional election.
|By: Jon Walker Friday May 17, 2013 11:15 am|
For better or worse, during the 2014 election the Democratic Party is effectively all in on Obamacare and the GOP is all in against it. While this was mostly true in both the 2010 and 2012 election, the 2014 election will be very different. In the previous elections the law was just some theoretical future reform. At the best of times, it was a merely an intellectual policy debate about competing predictions. At the worst of times, it was a fight simply over buzzwords.