Look at these people signing up for health care. Better late than never. Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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Yes, the late surge in health-care signups matters. Seven million, or even 6 million, was no magic number but all the extra signups will almost certainly help keep premiums down next year. And while I don't think it's going to have a major effect on public opinion regarding either Obamacare or President Barack Obama, it's certainly possible that it could matter on the margins.

What didn't matter? How about yet another Benghazi committee hearing in the House? That's a pretty easy call.

That's what I have. What about you? What do you think mattered this week?

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(Jonathan Bernstein covers U.S. politics for Bloomberg View.He is co-editor of "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012."Follow him onTwitter at @JBPlainblog.)

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