From a retired business owner in Arkansas to a young freelance filmmaker in Hollywood, Eleanor Clift highlights a few of the people the media has found who are happy to have Obamacare.
The White House is getting hammered for the rocky rollout of Obamacare, but around the country news outlets are reporting a more positive story as Americans of various ages and from all walks of life look into what the newly launched program has to offer.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells the story of Lissie Stahlman, 60, who credits “a combination of patience, luck and different platforms” for getting her through the system late last week after trying for three weeks.
As the anonymous tweeter @natsecwonk, Jofi Joseph insulted a lot of people—but perhaps none more so than Obama’s close adviser Ben Rhodes, whom he accused of leaking. By Josh Rogin
Jofi Joseph, the National Security Council official fired last week for Tweeting secretly under the moniker @natsecwonk, had publicly, albeit anonymously, accused a senior White House official of leaking classified information related to United States intelligence operations against Iran.Joseph, who was outed in a report Tuesday in The Daily Beast, criticized and insulted dozens of Obama administration officials, lawmakers, Capitol Hill staffers, and journalists during his two-year stint on social media.
A Florida Democrat is under fire for comparing the Tea Party to the KKK in an email blast. That’s wrong, writes Jamelle Bouie—but it’s not like the groups are entirely unrelated.
Florida Democrat Alan Grayson is known for throwing bombs at his Republican colleagues, but he may have gone too far with his latest.In a fundraising email to supporters, Grayson’s campaign compared the Tea Party movement to the Ku Klux Klan—while depicting a burning cross. Republicans are enraged (“There’s no excuse for the hateful words and imagery used by Congressman Grayson,” said Matt Gorman, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee) but Grayson is unapologetic, telling Fox News that “[T]here is overwhelming evidence that the Tea Party is the home of bigotry and discrimination in America today, just as the KKK was for an earlier generation.
In a revelation that shocked the legal community, one of the judges who voted to uphold voter ID laws in Indiana recently admitted he was wrong. Richard L. Hasen on why the about-face is warranted.
Judge Richard A. Posner, the judge who delivered the landmark decision that upheld voter ID laws in Indiana in 2007, has made legal history again.In his new book, Reflections on Judging, Judge Posner includes a single sentence admitting he made a mistake: “I plead guilty to having written the majority opinion (affirmed by the Supreme Court) upholding Indiana’s requirement that prospective voters prove their identity with a photo ID—a law now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than fraud prevention.
Forget defending their House majority—some Republicans who angered the Tea Party during the shutdown must first beat back primary challenges. Even Boehner isn’t immune, reports David Freedlander.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have such low approval ratings, according to recent polls, that a Democratic takeover looks possible. But before Republicans can defend their majority, they first must stave off a slew of primary challengers who are targeting incumbent members of Congress.The new spate of primaries mostly target those Republicans who failed to toe the Tea Party line during the recent budget standoff, voting to open up the government and raise the debt ceiling.
Carlo Key sympathizes with Republican ideas but says the right wing has taken over—and it’s not about to be a ‘party of inclusion.’ Jamelle Bouie on what the GOP can learn from the defection.
Carlo Key, a judge in Bexar County, Texas, has left the Republican Party, and he blames the Tea Party. “Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination,” says Key in a video announcing his switch to the Democratic Party, ahead of his reelection campaign. “Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican Party. It left me.”Key’s big concern, like so many Americans who have voiced their disapproval of the GOP, is with values.
It’s a battle royale for the senate seat in Wyoming, with state politics veteran Senator Mike Enzi running against the former vice president’s daughter. Sandra McElwaine reports.
Mike Enzi, the popular, 69-year-old conservative U.S. Senator from Wyoming is prepping for the fight of his life.Until last July, the soft-spoken, three-term legislator—who eschews interviews and remains one of D.C.’s most private denizens—did not anticipate a challenge for his GOP seat in 2014. But last summer, he received a sudden shock when feisty Liz Cheney, the 46-year-old, ultra-conservative daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, burst on the scene.
The president’s 2012 campaign deservedly tooted its own horn for meticulous tech preparation. His signature achievement, on the other hand, failed its tech tests. Draw your own conclusions, says Lloyd Green.
If the train-wreck rollout of Obamacare teaches us anything, it’s that President Obama is just not that into governing. While the president’s 2012 campaign was the handiwork of technology’s best and brightest, Obamacare looks more like a taxpayer-funded redheaded stepchild.According to “Inside the Cave,” the postmortem on the Obama campaign's technology operations, repeated testing and excellence were the rules of the road for the president’s reelection efforts.
Years after he decided to uphold a strict voter ID law, a federal appellate judge says he got it all wrong. That’s great, writes Jamelle Bouie, but isn’t the damage already done?
A federal judge says he regrets a six-year-old decision on voter ID laws—and he absolutely should.In 2007, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an Indiana law that required all voters to show photo identification before voting. The plaintiffs charged that the law burdened low-income Indianans and others who lacked access to IDs. But writing for the majority—which ruled for the defendants—Judge Richard Posner dismissed (PDF) this concern.
Is it seriously being suggested that the NSA not collect intelligence vital to U.S. security—say, from Mexico or France—by any means it can? David Frum on the irreparable damage Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald have caused.
I don’t want to shock anybody, but governments collect intelligence. Sometimes they collect intelligence even on their allies. The allies themselves know this—after all, they’re doing exactly the same thing. But it’s generally considered nicer to avoid mention of the subject in public. We all know where our dinner comes from, but we don’t necessarily want to tour the slaughterhouse.Yet on Monday, media around the world recoiled in shock from allegations that the United States engaged in intelligence collection within France and within Mexico.
The Green Mountain State has been ambitious in its efforts to get insurance for all. That’s admirable. Too bad it’s failing big time, writes Stuart Stevens.
After more than two weeks of dysfunction, it is clear that the rollout of the $400 million federal health-care exchange at HealthCare.gov has been an unmitigated disaster with no end in sight. Enrollment is far lower than hoped for, projected, or needed, in part due to a cascade of technical website design and testing failures. The good news for the ACA is that the conventional wisdom now being adopted is that the 16 states that opted to create their own exchanges are functioning far better.
The wan figure is gone, and it’s a pink-cheeked former VP out meeting the press this week to promote his new ‘Heart’ book. But his reappearance may be the last thing his party needs now, says Michelle Cottle.
Sweet Jesus, did anyone see either of Dick Cheney’s TV interviews this week? The man looks amazing. And I don’t mean amazing for a septuagenarian with a tortured health history. I’m talking there’s-an-oil-portrait-hidden-in-his-attic-growing-more-grotesque-by-the-day amazing. Gone is the wan, wasted figure of 2010, replaced by pink cheeks, a solid physique, and—dare I say it?—a twinkle in those pale blue eyes. Whoever’s donated heart now beats in the former VP’s chest must have been in crackerjack cardiac condition, because Dick has never looked better.
Two weeks before Virginia voters choose their next governor, the Republican is lagging in the polls—and struggling with questions about the government shutdown. Ben Jacobs reports.
It seems Ken Cuccinelli is taking on yet another losing cause.Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee to become Virginia’s next governor, was the first state attorney general to sue the federal government over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. That effort, ultimately heard by the Supreme Court in NFIB v. Sebelius, failed, although as Cuccinelli pointed out, it did win on “three of the constitutional arguments.” Now Cuccinelli is lagging in the polls against Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, the former Clinton fundraiser and Democratic National Committee chairman.
In his national television address, Obama promised that health-care enrollment would improve thanks to a round-the-clock “tech surge.” By Eleanor Clift.
“There is no sugar coating it,” President Obama said on Monday, offering a belated mea culpa about the failure of the government’s web site to properly handle almost twenty million visitors since opening for business three weeks ago. He touted what he called a “tech surge” to fix the problem with people working overtime 24/7 and experts from private tech companies stepping in to help. “The web site is too slow, people are getting stuck,” and there’s no one more frustrated than he is, he said, with his Republican critics seizing on the mishaps to decry the health care law as unworkable.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donahue had some specific suggestions for the Tea Party’s newest star. By Eleanor Clift.
The smack down of Tea Party darling Ted Cruz continued Monday morning when U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Tom Donahue said he didn’t know Cruz, but watching the Texas senator from the perspective of someone who watches tennis, “If you’re going to run to the net all the time, you better have a lot of move to the right and the left, and I haven’t seen that yet.”The silver-haired Donahue, who has headed the Chamber since 1997, told reporters at a breakfast meeting sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, that folks who identify with the Tea Party have raised really important issues, “but to advance these issues by putting the whole financial system at risk is not a good idea.
Saturday was the deadline to fix the site. Did they do it, and if so, does it even matter? The Sunday talk shows look at the practical and political future of Obamacare.
What, no government shutdown next year? Patty Murray and Paul Ryan are hailing their bipartisan budget deal as a breakthrough in such a partisan Congress—but it still has to pass.