The Plum Line: Obamacare


Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Congress demonstrates yet again why controlling health-care costs is so hard

Republicans and Democrats come together to pass yet another “doc fix.”

By Paul Waldman  |  03:18 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congress, doc fix, Medicare, Obamacare

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Why the Medicaid expansion matters so much to Dems

It could help turn out the Dem base, which could be critical in 2014.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 01/06/2014

The Benghazi-fication of Obamacare

For conservatives, the health care law will be an enormous scandal forever.

By Ryan Cooper  |  12:12 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 01/02/2014

The Three Stages of Obamacare Acceptance

Will Republicans ever learn to accommodate the Affordable Care Act?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:07 PM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 12/31/2013

The “wingnut hole” measured: 5 million without insurance thanks to GOP refusal

A population the size of Norway will be going without insurance, thanks to GOP governors.

By Ryan Cooper  |  02:42 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Stunning new report undermines central GOP Obamacare claim

Only a sliver of people will lose coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.

By George Zornick  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care, Obamacare

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 12/27/2013

Lying about Obamacare continues as campaign season begins

Campaign season begins with candidates twisting the truth on health-care reform.

By George Zornick  |  09:58 AM ET, 12/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, Health-care reform, Obamacare

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 12/26/2013

Hey Dems: the only way out on health care is through

The only way for Dems to win on health care in 2014 is to go all-in on reform.

By Ryan Cooper  |  01:59 PM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health-care reform, Obamacare

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/24/2013

Should Democrats press the public option?

A new CNN poll suggests that voters would rally behind a proposal to make Uncle Sam their health insurer.

By George Zornick  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Obamacare

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Republicans favor helping poor people get health coverage

But GOP governors are opting out of the Medicaid expansion.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 12/18/2013

The GOP Repeal Trap

A revealing exchange in Indiana between a GOP Congressman and his constituent.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:39 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Public opinion on Obamacare has been locked in for years

A new poll shows that current opinion on the law is where it was in 2009...and 2010...and 2012...

By Greg Sargent  |  04:24 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Obamacare class warfare in Kentucky

The “free stuff” argument makes a comeback. Here’s how red state Dems will respond.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:13 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Another potential boost for Obamacare

State with Republican governors hostile to the law could end up expanding coverage, anyway.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:49 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 12/09/2013

In 2014, the economy may matter more than Obamacare

What if the prognosticators have it all wrong?

By Greg Sargent  |  04:44 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Members of Congress shocked to discover health care system sucks

It’s good that political elites are being exposed to what many of us already knew.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:45 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 12/06/2013

To GOP primary voters, even wanting to fix Obamacare is a liability

A Republican candidate in Georgia takes a beating for suggesting the unthinkable.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:03 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Democrats should run on ‘affordable health care’

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear tries to set an example for fellow Dems.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:14 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Why millennials will come around on Obamacare

Conservatives are gleefully predicting that young people won’t enroll. They’re wrong.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:53 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Dems make their bet: Repeal is a loser

The GOP repeal message appears to be sputtering out.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:32 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Medicaid expansion becomes weapon against GOP governors

It’s still good politics for Dems to run on components of the Affordable Care Act.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:28 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 12/02/2013

Like it or not, Obamacare is moving forward

Demand still appears to be there.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:14 PM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Can Dems win on the Medicaid expansion?

Mitch McConnell offers a variation of the “free stuff” argument from 2012.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:45 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 11/22/2013

Stay focused on the big picture, Dems

The White House urges skittish Congressional Democrats to keep the focus on the economy.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:50 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 11/20/2013

The next conservative litmus test: Opposition to Medicaid expansion

At a tough time for Obamacare, the Medicaid expansion is a bit of a bright spot for Democrats.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:42 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Dems try going on offense: It’s Obamacare versus ‘Cruz Care’

Can Democrats seize control of the political debate over the troubled health law?

By Greg Sargent  |  12:04 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Why Obamacare could still succeed

The insurers are still going to spend huge money to entice people to enroll on the exchanges.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 11/18/2013

No, Democrats are not turning against the Affordable Care Act

Sure, Democrats are decrying the costs of the law. But they’re just not running away from its benefits.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:13 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Dems leaders struggle to contain the damage

By Greg Sargent  |  04:05 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013

White House defends legality of Obamacare fix

Is this governing by “fiat,” as critics say? Here’s the administration’s legal rationale.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Obama tries to quell Dem rebellion

Once again: All that matters is whether the law works over time.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 11/13/2013

What the Obamacare enrollment numbers really tell us

They were well short of projections. But they also gave us the first concrete representation of what GOP repeal looks like.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:53 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Would Dem “fixes” to Obamacare undermine the law?

Democrats insist their proposals would help the law. Experts disagree.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:10 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Dems to White House: Fix Obamacare, and fast

All that matters in the long run is whether the policy works. But Dems are not particularly interested in thinking about the long run right now.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:19 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Ignore the spin war about Obamacare. It’s irrelevant. Rinse, repeat.

All that matters is whether the policy works. Nothing red state Dems say or do now matters to that.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:31 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Cuccinelli’s stance on Obamacare was a liability, McAuliffe pollster says

Pundits will find this impossible to believe. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:56 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 11/01/2013

The GOP push for Obamacare repeal is dead

No matter what happens with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, we’re not going back to the way things used to be.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:21 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 10/31/2013

What do Republicans say if Obamacare works?

It’s not impossible that Republicans are miscalculating once again.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:20 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Dear Dems: Like it or not, your fates are tied to Obamacare

All that matters is whether the law works over time.

By Ryan Cooper  |  11:47 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Memo to Dems: Don’t panic about Obamacare (yet)

A new poll finds that fewer than one in three Americans think the current problems show the law is an unsalvageable catastrophe.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:49 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Liberals go to war with each other over Obamacare

Play nice, folks.

By Ryan Cooper  |  04:10 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 10/25/2013

Warning: It’s not impossible Obamacare might get fixed

The administration vows that the site will be running smoothly by the end of November. What happens if that -- gasp! -- actually happens?

By Greg Sargent  |  02:10 PM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Dems running away from Obamacare? Meh.

A lot of this is just typical maneuvering to get press.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:28 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Memo to Dems: Don’t fall into GOP’s Obamacare trap

Implementation problems are awful. Dems can say so, without running away from the law wholesale.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:23 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/21/2013

As Obamacare runs into problems, Americans still want to give it a chance

Disapproval of the law just doesn’t translate into support for the GOP quest to eliminate it through any means necessary.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Ignore the daily spin wars over Obamacare

If the program works on a basic level, it is here to say, no matter how much Rush Limbaugh lies about it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 09/26/2013

GOP pollster: Don’t over-interpret disapproval of Obamacare

By Greg Sargent  |  12:39 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 09/25/2013

The GOP’s problem with Latinos isn’t just about immigration. It’s also about health care.

What if the GOP drive to destroy Obamacare will also compromise the party among this crucial, fast growing demographic?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:15 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Mainstream Republicans in worse shape than Ted Cruz

He’s the natural consequence of the post-policy Republicans

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:02 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Obamacare, Ted Cruz

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 09/23/2013

John Boehner doesn’t have to let a radical minority paralyze our government

Nobody wants a government shutdown except for Tea Party Republicans. Why, then, is one looming?

By Greg Sargent  |  01:42 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 09/23/2013

House GOP to Ted Cruz: Win, Rocky, win!

The Texas Senator is infuriating fellow Republicans on the House side for attempting to blame them for his own failure.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:47 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Really?

A new poll finds that more than two thirds of Americans think Republicans haven’t compromised enough with Obama.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 09/18/2013

The conservative alternative to Obamacare isn’t an alternative to Obamacare

It would do far less to solve the real problem.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:29 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013

GOP leaders postpone the inevitable reckoning

House Republican leaders make it official: They will vote to defund Obamacare. That changes exactly nothing.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:16 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Who are the make-Obamacare-fail dead-enders, anyway?

Their position is extreme, yet they wield disproportionate influence over the debate. Here’s why.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:05 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 09/13/2013

The coming Obamacare fight holds real peril for Republicans, too

GOP officials trying to sabotage the law will be in the position of standing in the way of expanded health coverage for their own constituents.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:13 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Yet another scheme to block Obamacare

GOP leaders will demand a one-year delay in the law in exchange for raising the debt limit.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:30 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Some very good news for Obamacare

A new study suggest the alarmist warnings of the law's opponents aren't going to come to pass.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:28 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Here comes more Obamacare misinformation

This time, it's the neutral press that gets it wrong.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:56 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ACA, affordable care act, Obamacare

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Yes, people still dislike ‘Obamacare.’ But they also dislike GOP plans to undermine it.

Repeal is unpopular. Defunding? Unpopular, too.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:59 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, Obamacare

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 08/27/2013

John Boehner's escape hatch is closing

The new debt ceiling timeline puts the House speaker in a bind on Obamacare.

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  09:31 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, Obamacare

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 08/26/2013

The Tea Party tiger has no teeth

The Tea Party has nothing to back up its threat on defunding Obamacare.

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  09:29 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, Republicans, Tea Party

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 08/23/2013

I hate Obamacare. Can I please have some Obamacare?

People may soon be enjoying the benefits of a law they know is a Kenyan Muslim Marxist plot to destroy American freedom.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:36 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 08/22/2013

Conservatives are right about Obamacare

Eighty House Republicans demand the defunding of Obamacare in part because of the IRS scandal -- repeating stuff GOP leaders have been saying for a long time.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:47 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 08/20/2013

There won't be any GOP alternative to Obamacare

Conservative opposition to the Affordable Care Act has run Republicans into a brick wall.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:05 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 08/19/2013

It isn't 2009 anymore

Now that the Affordable Care Act is kicking in, It may be hard for Republicans to explain why they would take its concrete benefits away from people.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:42 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Business groups aren't too happy about Tea Party mania they helped unleash

They invested huge money in shaping today's Congress by electing conservatives, only to discover that they are fully prepared to enter into confrontations that could crash the economy. Oops.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:42 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 08/15/2013

The profound cynicism of Obamacare opponents

A new anti-Obamacare ad from a conservative group says more about the game plan to undermine the law than it does about the law itself.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:15 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Newt to GOP: We've got a problem

It seems plausible that senior Republicans know that their posture on Obamacare -- not to mention on the president himself -- is deeply problematic. What they will do about it is less clear.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:36 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Trading one hostage for another

Republican leaders realize it's a bad idea to threaten a government shutdown to force the defunding of Obamacare. So how about using the debt limit instead?

By Greg Sargent  |  02:06 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 08/13/2013

No, Mitch McConnell didn't come out against a government shutdown push

The Senate GOP leader admits a government shutdown will not stop Obamacare, but still refuses to take sides in the intra-party dispute over how to proceed.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:57 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 08/13/2013

Obamacare: Still not a "trainwreck"

The latest implementation problems may have Republicans excited, but they won't matter in 2014.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:34 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 08/08/2013

How will Republicans explain government shutdown to constituents?

A GOP lawmakers is confronted by -- get this -- an Obamacare supporter.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:25 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 08/07/2013

How to win the war over Obamacare

Democrats can successfully portray themselves as the party that genuinely wants to fix our health care system.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:18 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 08/06/2013

Congressman who co-sponsored a dozen Obamacare-repeal bills gets targeted by Tea Party group

If you are not willing to shut down the government to force the total destruction of Obamacare, your opposition to the law is suspect.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:40 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Conservatives are right: Their window to destroy Obamacare is closing

Why are Republican leaders surprised by the ferocity of the conservative demand for a government shutdown confrontation? They've been feeding the repeal monster for years now.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:55 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 07/31/2013

GOP leaders refuse to level with the base about Obamacare

Republican leaders know there isn't going to be any government shutdown confrontation to force the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, but they won't say so.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:37 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Why, yes, Ted Cruz is a demagogue

It's all about 2016, whoever gets hurt on the way there -- most certainly including his fellow Republicans

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:22 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 elections, budget, health care, Obamacare, Ted Cruz

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Government shutdown threats won't work. But maybe complete gibberish will!

Republicans have now taken to arguing that if Obama won't agree to defund the Affordable Care Act, he'll be the culpable party if a government shutdown results.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:01 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 07/25/2013

The core contradiction at the heart of the GOP campaign to sabotage Obamacare

If Obamacare is "collapsing under its own weight," then why do Republicans have to work so hard to sabotage it?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  11:49 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare, Post-policy nihilism

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 07/22/2013

Republicans' dilemma: How aggressively should they sabotage Obamacare?

How will GOP lawmakers respond when their own constituents ask their help in navigating the new health law?

By Greg Sargent  |  11:47 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 07/18/2013

The battle over universal health coverage is basically over

Whether Republicans like it or not -- and no matter how bumpy the rollout proves to be -- Obamacare is here to stay.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:42 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Obamacare puts Republicans in a bind

As more and more people benefit from the Affordable Care Act, a new constituency will be created that Republicans will not want to alienate.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:54 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 07/05/2013

On undermining Obamacare

Opposing the Affordable Care Act is perfectly reasonable; attempting to undermine it is another story.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:14 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Obamacare

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 05/31/2013

More good news on Medicare and Affordable Care Act implementation

Caution is reasonable, but most of the news in health care these days has been pretty good

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:15 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Medicare, Obamacare

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 05/27/2013

Ignore those polls! (Obamacare edition)

The latest findings are unlikely to predict how people will feel about programs once they are implemented

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:02 PM ET, 05/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Obamacare

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 05/27/2013

Obamacare isn't going away, so Republicans should work toward reform

Rather than work to correct flaws in the health-care law, GOP members hold to the idea of repealing the whole thing.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:13 PM ET, 05/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  health care, Obamacare

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 05/16/2013

IRS scandal overreach?

Will tying Obamacare repeal to the IRS story really pay any political dividends?

By Greg Sargent  |  04:04 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Why the GOP keeps trying to destroy Obamacare

Republicans may soon be stuck in a position where they spent years opposing an entitlement their own voters have come to rely upon.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:22 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Phony deficit hawks

The repeal of the medical device tax in Obamacare proves how hollow the rhetoric about deficit reduction really is.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:28 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Having failed to repeal Obamacare, Republicans refuse to implement it

States that refuse to implement the law are only ceding more control to the feds -- in the name of states' rights.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, health care exchanges, Obamacare