The Campaign Spot

If You Liked Your Doctor . . . Well, Never Mind.

Then: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.”

Now: “But for the average person, many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices, and they might end up having to switch doctors.”

It’s not clear what Obama means when he suggests “many” of the “average” don’t have health insurance, since the “average” American has always had health insurance. The percentage of Americans telling the Gallup organization that they don’t have health insurance has ranged from 13.9 percent in late summer 2008 to 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013. The rate dropped to 15.9 percent in their most recent figures.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Omnibus Disgrace

The omnibus spending bill was crafted in secret and will be passed under pressure; raises discretionary spending as the national debt grows; and fails to deliver on any major GOP priorities except increased defense spending. What might turn out to be the signature achievement of unified Republican government this ... Read More

Thursday Links

It's William Shatner's birthday: Here he is in 1978 'singing' Rocket Man, plus a Star Trek/Monty Python mashup. Sold: Isaac Newton’s Notes on the Philosopher’s Stone. It was a long time before anyone admitted that he was interested in alchemy. High-tech forgery: Computer-generated 'Rembrandt' ... Read More

Korea: A Deadly Question

Olympic Games often have political significance, as in 1936 and as in the Olympics just past -- the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Those Games seemed as much political as athletic. I talk about this with Michael Breen on my latest Q&A. Breen is one of our best Korea-watchers, one of our soundest ... Read More
Film & TV

Superannuated ‘Idol’

In the pilot episode of Fox’s American Idol, Simon Cowell defined the show’s thesis: “We are going to tell people who cannot sing and have no talent that they have no talent. And that never makes you popular.” The show’s producers and its three judges -- Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson -- kept ... Read More