Obamacare and the Democratic Debate

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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1. Political scientist David Hopkins is blogging! This is very good news indeed. Here, he talks about the expectations game and Jeb! Bush. 

2. HuffPollster looks at the evidence about the “winner” of the Democratic debate. Fine, but remember that post-debate polling can be influenced by what the pundits say, as well as which clips news producers choose to run.

3. See also: Kalev Leetaru at the Monkey Cage on which candidates “went viral.” Important point: After Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the third-most mentioned candidate in the media coverage of the debate was Donald Trump.

4. Coming up on another Obamacare open season. View’s Megan McArdle argues for what she interprets as the limited success of the Affordable Care Act.

5. While Andrew Sprung looks carefully at what’s happening with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projections (and comes to a more positive conclusion). Read both for a good balanced look at how Obamacare is doing.

6. Pretty good Gabriel Sherman piece on Joe Biden’s campaign. Whatever you think he’s really trying to do, it’s important not to get caught up in official declarations of candidacy. Or even informal ones. If they’re doing candidate-like things, they are candidates.

7. And Kevin Drum has a good question: Where's the evidence supporting Trump’s claim that he opposed the Iraq War?

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