* Jonathan Chait on why Republicans are struggling to articulate an alternative to Obamacare: They simply don’t want to commit more government money to guaranteeing coverage to the poor and the sick.
* Jonathan Cohn on why you should expect GOP governors to make good on their threat to opt out of the Medicaid expansion, even if it means leaving their own constituents without coverage:
They really think this is a bad idea to be opposed at all costs — which says something about their fanatical devotion to anti-government philosophy, their cold indifference to their most vulnerable constituents, or some combination of the two.
* The number of GOP governors who will opt out of the Medicaid expansion, or are leaning in that direction: 15 and counting.
* The debate continues: Kevin Drum says reason and logic about what’s good for their states will dictate that GOP governors will ultimately opt in to the Medicaid expanison.
* Not good: Gallup finds that recent gains in economic confidence are dissipating.
* Francis Wilkinson, on the meaning of recent news cycles: Romney is discovering that running for president is a tad more complicated than just repeating, “the economy stinks, so vote for the new guy.”
* When did Romney really leave Bain? David Corn contests the claim he left in February of 1999, and explains that if he did leave later, he can no longer duck responsibility for deals made later.
* The Obama campaign releases a new infographic, based on that Vanity Fair story, detailing Romney’s potential offshore holdings — another sign Obama is doubling down on this attack for the long haul.
* The Obama campaign is spending $24 million on ads this month, and both sides are pumping in $15 million during this week alone — yet another sign of how urgently both sides want to establish the framing of the race before it heats up this fall.
* Republicans are angry with the Romney campaign for undercutting their Obamacare “tax hike” talking point, but they vow to continue repeating it anyway.
* Scott Brown, who voted for Romneycare in Massachusetts, may be the only other Republican in the country aside from the Romney campaign who is unwilling to describe the mandate as a tax.
* Sam Baker explains why repealing Obamacare on Day One of the Romney presidency may prove to be a bit more difficult than advertised.
* And Taegan Goddard digs out a great quote from John Harvey, who regularly disagrees with Obama, about the Texas GOP platform: “it is difficult to believe that what the Republicans put together during their convention in Fort Worth was even written in the 21st century.”