Obamacare’s new insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open for business on October 1, just a few days from now. For all the attention that date has received, it is less important than it might seem. Because new coverage won’t actually begin until January 1, most people looking to get insurance on their own won’t start shopping until the end of the year. But October 1 is still a milestone.
President Obama, President Clinton, and Senator Ted Cruz all spent a lot of time talking about Obamacare on Tuesday.
Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner thinks a government shutdown, although possible, remains unlikely:...there’s still reason to believe that ... lawmakers will come to some sort of agreement to keep government funded.The nation now has more than two and a half years of experience with divided government during the Obama presidency. And each time there has been a major crisis, it’s followed a familiar pattern.
October 1 is less than two weeks away. And if you have followed the coverage of Obamacare, then you have heard a lot about that date.
Here's the latest ad against Obamacare. It involves a young woman on a medical-exam table and a creepy Uncle Sam mask. I'm not sure I can fully capture it with words, so just watch it—all the way until the end.
House Republican leaders finally have a plan. On Wednesday, at a meeting of the party’s full caucus, Speaker John Boehner announced how he intends to approach the two big fiscal issues on the agenda—funding the government past October 1 and authorizing the Treasury to borrow money so it can pay the government's outstanding bills.
The Census Bureau has released its annual report on income, poverty and health insurance. The report is a bit like a national report card, showing us how well the U.S. provides for the economic security of its citizens. And the grades aren't very impressive, although they are better than they’ve been in the recent past.Here’s what we know, subject to revision as real experts (i.e., not me) have more time to analyze the data:
Most of the Obamacare press coverage on Monday was about a pair of polls—one from the Pew Center for the People and the Press, the other from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. Obamacare detractors seized on the fact that majorities said they disapproved of the law—and that opposition to the law seemed, if anything, to be growing.
Are we headed for a government shutdown? My colleague Noam Scheiber thinks so. And, in his latest dispatch, he makes an awfully good case.
Lots of people think John Boehner has lost control of the House Republican caucus. Apparently John Boehner does, too.