Health Care’s Horrible Political Equilibrium

By: Friday December 6, 2013 9:27 am

The majority of people on the right and on the left want to see the Affordable Care Act changed or repealed, only a tiny sliver thinks it should remain in its current form.


In Defense of Republicans’ 37th Obamacare Repeal Vote

By: Wednesday May 15, 2013 10:20 am

House Republicans are having their 37th vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act today. As Speaker John Boehner explained the reason for the vote is purely political. While during the previous Congress voted repeatedly on repealing Obamacare, there are many newly elected Democratic and Republican members of Congress who are not officially on record.

The Affordable Care Act: The Death Argument

By: Saturday August 11, 2012 10:00 am

On the Ed Schultz show on August 9th, Jonathan Alter and Michael Kinsley joined Ed to give their views on the Joe Soptic Ad from Priorities USA Action and the Republican reaction to it. Kinsley thinks the Ad is not dishonest, because to paraphrase him closely, when you lay off hundreds of people and take away their health insurance, it’s a matter of statistics, that a certain number of people will die as a result.

Alter says that Romney will repeal the ACA if the Rs pass the legislation, the first week of his Presidency, and that as Michael indicated “repeal equals death. It’s a simple fact.”

The Health Care Lose-Lose Scenario Facing Democrats

By: Friday June 22, 2012 9:49 am

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 wash for Democrats or a net loser. It is hard to make a case that any of the three most likely court decisions would really help Democrats or Obama this November.

Romney Again Pledges to Repeal ‘ObamaCare’

By: Friday March 23, 2012 12:05 pm

Mitt Romney used an op-ed in USA Today to again reaffirm his commitment to completely repealing and replacing ‘ObamaCare’ if elected. This op-ed is directed primarily at conservatives who still question Romney’s commitment to their causes, especially after the latest Etch-A-Sketch by his campaign.

Can GOP Keep Voters Upset About Health Care Law Voters Already Think Has Been Repealed?

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 7:00 pm

Can Republicans successfully exploit voters anger about the health care law in 2012 like they did in 2010 if large parts of the electorate thinks the law is already gone?

With Health Care, the Time Is Still Now: Democrats Should Seize Opportunity, Push For Better, Sooner State Waiver

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 11:55 am

The newly passed health care law is not popular, and Republicans are starting to line up behind a political strategy of calling for its repeal. While true repeal seems like a legislative impossibility, the political strategy might work. When forced to choose between the false duality of this new health care law or no law, a large portion of the American people line up behind repeal. The relatively good news for Democrats is that most Americans don’t like the bill, but would prefer to see it significantly changed instead of repealed. This creates the perfect political environment to push for a better and quicker optional state waiver.

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