FROM John Dorschner
The House Votes to Repeal 'Obamacare' Today -- for the 33rd time -- House Republicans are voting to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, frequently referred to as "Obamacare," with the Democratic Senate expected to ignore it altogether. In the aftermath of the US Supreme Court decision, is it good politics to debate the issue all over again?
Election-Year Politics and Healthcare Today -- for the 33rd time -- House Republicans are voting to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act, with no chance that the Senate will go along. The House and Senate wrangling is political theater while the real action takes place in the states. Texas and Florida are rejecting billions of federal dollars, rather than expanding Medicaid for the uninsured. Washington State has begun implementation. The US Supreme Court created the opportunity for different approaches, so election-year politics may be the ultimate "decider." We hear about the rhetoric, the multiple realities and the potential consequences for 50 million Americans who don't have health insurance.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.