“But it is both a relief and a disappointment that the new [job] numbers offer some assurance that the long-reliable pattern of adding a bit more than two million jobs a year continues apace. The 175,000 net jobs added in February extrapolate to a pace of 2.1 million jobs a year…. The jobs recovery in the United States is astonishingly consistent, astonishingly resilient and astonishingly underwhelming.”
Back when folks started receiving cancellation notices because their health insurance policies didn’t meet Obamacare’s minimum standards, Fox News went on and on about how wonderful these plans were and what an outrage it was that people couldn’t keep them, even though these plans often didn’t cover things like, oh, hospitalization and had very low annual and lifetime caps. These plans were cheap for a reason — the coverage was minimal.
Now that President Obama has said people can keep these plans for anther two years beyond the initial one-year extension, all of a sudden Fox News is calling them “junk.”
“President Obama is such a weak strongman. What’s more, he is a feeble dictator and a timid tyrant.
“That, at any rate, is Republicans’ critique of him. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Obama’s critics pivoted seamlessly from complaining about his overreach to fretting that he is being too cautious. Call it Operation Oxymoron.”
Dana Milbank, “Obama, the feckless tyrant,” WaPo
The GOP has been behaving as shamelessly and disingenuously as Putin in all this.
GOP Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have make it okay for businesses to discriminate against gays based on the “religious beliefs” of their owners and employees. No soup (or wedding cake) for you!
As with Medicaid expansion, I hope other GOP governors will follow Brewer and do the right thing for their citizens.
Also today, a federal court in Texas found that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.
Back when I was growing up, right-wingers who saw Communists everywhere in this country wanted those on the left to move to Russia. I think those on the right who are unhappy here should move to Putin’s Russia.
“And so, the GOP strategy … is to show that the party is ‘ready to govern’ simply by avoiding destructive and chaotic governing crises while refraining from trying to pass ‘major bills,’ because GOP policies are unpopular and Republicans can’t unite behind solutions in any case.”
Greg Sargent, the Plum Line at WaPo
So the GOP has nothing — except those millions and millions in ads from the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity that are already slamming incumbent Dems.
“So what would happen if the Obama administration ditched the employer mandate altogether? Not a lot, most health economists say. Slightly more people might get coverage through the exchanges — and slightly fewer through their workplaces. The federal government would lose billions in revenue, from fees levied on companies that don’t provide coverage. But overall, the number of people with health coverage would remain nearly the same, with or without the employer mandate.
“‘At this point, getting rid of the employer mandate is more substantive politically than it is economically,’ adds Jon Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Obama administration on the health-care law.
“‘The employer mandate has extraordinarily little impact on coverage,’ says Linda Blumberg, an economist at the Urban Institute. ‘It doesn’t effect [sic] behavior much at all.’”