How liberals should talk about the Medicaid expansion
It became a viral story last week. But unlike the GOP, Washington Democrats refuse to apportion blame. It's time to highlight the real party of death panels.
My colleague Jonathan Cohn has written an excellent analysis of the circumstances surrounding Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, which will be officially announced later today.I'd like to add a level of abstraction by explaining the timing, and the political ramifications of the decision, which are being badly spun or misinterpreted in unsurprising quarters.
If she deserves some blame, she also deserves some credit.
The Affordable Care Act's enrollment comeback has confounded conservatives in many ways. The realization that there happens to be popular demand for something as self-evidently grotesque as Obamacare has given rise to a palpable cognitive dissonance on the right. A growing recognition among Republicans that they can't bank on organizing the midterm campaign around relentless Obamacare opposition has party elders looking at contingency plans (even if they haven't exactly gone back to the drawing board).
They just have to work out a few little details. Check back in a few weeks—or maybe a few years.
Critics keep talking about the 4.8 million people who "lost" insurance. Sounds like most of those people ended up with new coverage.
Not too long ago right wingers refused to ponder any changes to Obamacare other than repealing it. How quickly things change.
It's just one survey. But the evidence is starting to pile up.
Right-wing judges are recycling sound bites from Fox News—and might still destroy Obamacare
And they're the Right's last best chance for destroying Obamacare.
But the number would be even higher if conservatives stopped blocking expansion in the rest of the states.