Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

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Daily Meme: Obamacare FTW?

The government may have been sacrificed in yesterday's waning hours, but the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges opened for business as planned this morning. Obama was right : “The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down." However, 22 states —mostly conservative strongholds—did prevent the Medicaid expansion part of Obamacare, a move that will hurt poor people of color most. However, there's still hope that some states will choose the stubborn alternative to the federal Medicaid expansion that Arkansas and Iowa have chosen . And, best-case scenario, if Obamacare ends up working amazingly well, other states might give in and sign up once they see how the nine states all health-care legislationed - up are doing. One doctor thinks we're on our way to halving the uninsured population —currently at 47 million—by 2020. And, as Atul Gawande points out, the law has already had a huge and positive impact : "So far, the health-care-...

Daily Meme: Countdown to Shutdown

So, it looks like we're headed for a government shutdown , if Speaker John Boehner's red baseball cap (and his onerous caucus ) proves destiny. But turn that frown upside down! All this doom and gloom does nothing but good for political campaign coffers ... even if the Washington region could bleed over $200 million a day and see 700,000 jobs affected. And, conservatives aren't sure this is all that big of a deal. As The Wall Street Journal points out, "Many Americans will be inconvenienced, but tens of millions may come to realize how easily they can do without most of the vast federal Leviathan ." And, truth be told, this is an odd battle for the Tea Party to bet all their chips on. As Edward Luce puts it, "Tea Party Republicans have chosen a highly idiosyncratic piece of turf to re-enact Custer’s last stand. Only on psychological grounds can their recklessness be fully understood." And the fact that over half of American health care is already run by the federal government fails to...

Daily Meme: Ted Cruz's Rotten Tomatoes Score

Fresh (95%): Rush Limbaugh — "Ted Cruz is fighting for freedom in the greatest tradition of American freedom fighters." Fresh: (90%) Sarah Palin — "Maybe if Ted had worn pretty pink running shoes he'd have gotten more respect from the same leftwing media that gushed over the Texan state senator who filibustered in the Texas legislature." Fresh (85%): David French — "While the leftist outlets (and, sadly, some Republicans) spew forth their vitriol, I can’t help but think that moments like this and Senator Rand Paul’s “Stand with Rand” filibuster represent key turning points for the conservative movement." Fresh (82%): John Podhoretz — "All in all, the Cruz performance was great political theater, and Cruz was astoundingly impressive both in demeanor and in the cogency and saliency of his arguments against ObamaCare." Fresh (59%) David Frum — "In the Senate, Cruz may look right now the very opposite of shrewd. But the view Cruz cares about is the view from Iowa, New Hampshire, and South...

Ten Quotes that Reveal Just How Bizarre Ted Cruz's Super-Extra-Long Senate Speech Is

1. “The moon might be as intimidating as Obamacare.” — Senator Ted Cruz, Tea Party poet laureate 2. "Those in my timeline saying @SenTedCruz's filibuster will do nothing really loved Abortion Barbie's filibuster that didn't stop TX." — Erick Erickson, failing to understand what a filibuster is. 3. " Always be sexy. I salute that message." — Ted Cruz, quoting Ashton Kutcher. For the second time. 4. “It is just a form of governmental terrorism. " — New York Representative Peter King's feelings about Ted Cruz's marathon Ayn Rand reading. 5. "I thought it was interesting that Ted Cruz used Green Eggs and Ham . I went to the University of Missouri, I did not go to Harvard, but my daughter texted me this morning and said 'Mom, does he not know the point of the story?' It's that you can't knock things until you try it." — Claire McCaskill's literary criticism of another of Ted Cruz's on-air book choices (although we concede that this is adorable ) 6. “Regardless of how long I might serve in...

Daily Meme: A Long Day's Journey into Shutdown

So ... you may have heard of this government shutdown thing? Well, the drama goes on, and as ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee Chris Van Hollen puts it, "I don't know the end of this movie. I don't think anybody knows how it ends. And that’s a very dangerous place to be in." Great! Well, instead of biting our nails in anticipation of who knows what, let's turn our gaze to another problem plaguing our political system: the future of the Republican Party, and why the House GOP is so deadset on breaking bad on Obamacare. First of all, apparently conservatives' brains are wired differently than liberals, according to science. Maybe that explains why they're going forward with shutdown stubborness despite the fact that 63 percent of Americans would rather they didn't? Or maybe the Republican Party's serious wonk deficit explains their strategy issues. Or maybe because their only policy wonks also happen to be their raging wacko birds. Or maybe it's that some conservative...

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