Massachusetts

Obamacare Signups Hit 8 Million

And both young and old are on board

A very, very good day for the Affordable Care Act, the officials who fought for it, and the people benefiting from it.

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The federal government has released a breakdown of Obamacare enrollment, including age. What you make of that information depends a lot on your expectations.

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Before you freak out about how many young people are enrolling in Obamacare, take a look at these numbers.

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Scott Brown Is a Carpetbagger—and There's Nothing Wrong With That

Running in New Hampshire, and taking on a fatuous political tradition

Scott Brown Is Getting Ready to Run in New Hampshire—And Take On American Politics' Most Fatuous Tradition

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Obamacare's October Numbers Are Going to Be Low

The real detail to watch is still to come

The Department of Health and Human Services will release initial enrollment statistics for Obamacare sometime this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. But the disputes have started already. Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky of the Wall Street Journal are reporting that no more than 50,000 people successful enrolled in insurance plans via healthcare.gov last month.

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President Obama was in Boston on Wednesday—not to watch a baseball game, but to send a message about health care reform: The idea really works. Given all the news about Obamacare lately, it’s a message the country very much needs to hear. The template for the Affordable Care Act is the reforms that Massachusetts officials enacted in 2006.

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I’m not in the habit of agreeing with Scott Brown, the former Republican senator from Massachusetts, but he hit the nail on the head when he lambasted Democratic Senator Edward Markey for voting “present” Wednesday on the resolution to bomb Syria—making Markey, in his first important vote since he was sworn in two months ago, the only lawmaker on the 18-person Senate Foreign Relations Committee who couldn’t come up with a “yea” or “nay.” “Please let him know that the people

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Despite occasional fears of a close race, Democrat Ed Markey defeated Republican Gabrielle Gomez by 10 points in last night’s special election. The results aren't a surprise, since non-partisan polls showed Markey up by a similar margin. And no one should have been surprised by Markey’s clear lead, since he outspent his Republican opponent in one of the most reliably Democratic states in the country.

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Selling Republican Lite in Massachusetts

Gomez to the voters: My party is crazy, but I'm not

The special election for John Kerry’s vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts is less than two weeks away. And the Republican nominee is doing everything he can to convince voters he’s not actually a Republican.

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