The HSA Coalition Blog

LA Times on the Independent Voter Swing

James Oliphant and Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons, the LA Times’ top political reporters write in a story titled “Election results rattle some Democrats:” “Exit polls circulating on the House floor Wednesday were even...

Off-Year Election Analysis and Roundup

Broder: “Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, a leader of the moderate-conservative “Blue Dogs,” called the result ‘a wake-up call for Congress. A tidal wave could be coming.’” “Democratic pollster Peter Hart, in a memo...

The Rule of the Independent Voter

The new, not normal. Henninger: “What was learned Tuesday is that the American voter is absolutely, totally, unremittingly disgusted with both political parties. More than anything, the American voter is desperate for political leadership....

Pelosi, the Political Scientist

Speaker Pelosi’s conclusion from the Democrats losing two state-wide races and winning two Congressional districts: “this was a victory for health care reform and other initiatives for the American people.”

AARP Endorses Cuts to Medicare in House Bill

AARP to endorse House health bill, cuts to Medicare notwithstanding: “Officials are telling The Associated Press that AARP_the seniors’ lobby_will endorse the health care overhaul bill that House Democrats are preparing to take to...

Morris on the NJ and VA Dem Defeats

Dick Morris has summed up things well in the article excerpted below: “Christie’s victory is a body blow to Obama after Corzine outspent the Republican by five-to-one and the president put on a serious...

The Broken Political Equation

I confess, it makes zero sense to me. I’ve done the math and the political calculus keeps coming back a broken equation. In general, if the strategic political forces are aligned properly, then the...

The House Bill, by the Numbers

Total cost:  $1.055 trillion New Taxes:  $572 billion Cuts to Medicare:  $426 billion Not included:  $245 billion needed to stop Medicare payments to doctors from decreasing, pledged to be passed in a separate bill...

“Death Panels” Don’t Die in Health Bill

Well, it is Halloween and the time of Zombies — from the Associated Press: “It’s alive. The Medicare end-of-life planning provision that 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said was tantamount to “death...

Neither Reid nor Pelosi Have the Votes

Like robots programed to march until they find a cliff and can march no longer, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi have been forced into the most contorted public position on any...