Read Stuff, You Should: Health-Care Politics

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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Happy Birthday to Ken Phelps, 60. For five years, he was a monster at the plate (OPS+ 149, 120, 152. 147, 162). It never convinced anyone to give him 500 PAs, and he was pretty much out of baseball the first time he slumped from his peak. Not that he was going to be more valuable than Jay Buhner going forward, though. If he came up today there's a good chance he would get 400 home runs, not 123. Baseball people still make mistakes, but rarely like that

On to the good stuff:

1. Marcy Wheeler responds to my item on Barack Obama and John Brennan.

2. Two fascinating points from Greg Sargent: several key Senate contests are in states with some of the biggest declines in the number of uninsured, and the avalanche of anti-Affordable Care Act ads doesn't seem to be moving the dial.

3. A useful correction on Senate procedure and the border bills, from Josh Huder.

4. Turns out that transparency in medical pricing might be a big deal. Sarah Kliff reports.

5. While Jonathan Cohn looks at the trend in 2015 ACA premiums, and finds a lot of normal increases -- showing another round of scare stories were wrong -- but he also finds some interesting state variation.

6. And Jared Bernstein delves into the question of why the economy (over the long run) has done better with Democratic presidents than with Republicans, and doesn't come up with any answers beyond luck.

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