Some of the party’s candidates actively praise the Affordable Care Act, but others talk more about how they would fix it. Most Democrats hailed this month’s excellent jobs numbers, but much of their message this year stresses a squeezed middle class and the problems of stagnating wages and economic inequality. “You’ve never had it so good” is not in their talking points.
America's employers are facing a rising shortage of employees trained in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, according to a study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
The D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a broad tax on all health-related insurance products sold in the nation’s capital to solve a big money problem faced by its online health insurance exchange.
Mila Kofman, executive director of the exchange, known as D.C. Health Link, said insurers of all affected policies will benefit from a well-running D.C. exchange — namely, a healthier society that cashes in less often on policies. But Kofman also acknowledged D.C. simply has no choice: “No other state needs to do this because they have higher population,” Kofman said. “We are in a unique situation.”
There are two majorities in the country right now. One disapproves of President Obama. The other is still inclined to vote Democratic. The key question for the 2014 elections is whether voting this fall — and Obama’s approval ratings — can come into line with the electorate’s broader Democratic leanings.
"The Democrats, and especially President Obama, have said there should not be a middle ground, our proposal is the only ground. So it looks like this may be a pattern where the Republicans are stuck in opposition, and the Democrats are equally locked in to not compromising on this issue."
Mila Kofman, executive director of the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority, says her understanding is that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to treat Congress as if it had failed to give much support to its health plan, or had failed to get many employees to participate.