Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Campaigning against motherhood and apple pie

Republicans are still insisting that the Affordable Care Act is a disastrous failure, and they still plan to build this year's congressional campaign around repealing it. But a funny thing happened on the way to the trainwreck. As Krugzilla shows, it's working just fine, thanks, in fact at the high end of expectations. The number of uninsured people in the U.S. fell sharply after the main provisions of the law went into effect, and gains in employment jumped at the same time.

But, most voters still don't know what's in the act, how it works, and why it works the way it does. They just know they're supposed to hate it, but they don't know why. I actually don't think it will be a winning issue for Republicans, but that it isn't yet a winning issue for Democrats is largely because of our dysfunctional corporate media, that dutifully transcribes politicians' fact free commentary without bothering to explain the reality. Until that changes, the long decline of the United States will continue.

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