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.
The report’s findings suggest careers in the so-called STEM fields - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - provide the greatest opportunities, with salaries that range between $30 to $45 an hour. But for maximum income and satisfaction, Professor Carnevale says workers must be prepared to move and change jobs at least every five years.
he District of Columbia’s exchange, D.C. Health Link, had begun discussing how to make sure people continue paying their premiums, executive director Mila Kofman said earlier this month. Those discussions have been put on the back burner in light of the Health Link’s decision to extend open enrollment through April 30, Kofman said this week. Those who are monitoring state-run exchanges said they expect an increased focus on the retention issue in the coming weeks and months.
De Blasio ascribes some of his early trials to a need to go with “a really rigorous no-huddle offense in the first hundred days.” Now, there will be more huddles. De Blasio is running plays that will affect politics far outside his city, and he knows the cost of fumbles.
At a very modest cost to government — those who serve essentially get living expenses and some scholarship assistance later — AmeriCorps gives mostly young Americans a chance to spend a year helping communities and those in need while nurturing thousands of organizations across the country. Senior Corps provides Americans 55 or older a chance to serve, too.
In the District of Columbia, the city-run exchange predicts that 500 people will take advantage of a two-week extension. “That’s success,” said Mila Kofman, executive director of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority. “That’s 500 people who wouldn’t have been covered otherwise.”
Under normal circumstances, insurers might balk at offering people a chance to sign up outside the regular open enrollment period. But this April's extended time frame may be a special case. With so much speculation that young and generally healthy people would likely wait until the last minute to enroll in a plan, insurers might be more than usually willing to leave the enrollment doors open in the hope of snagging some of the "healthy procrastinators," Georgetown's Corlette says.