Calling Elizabeth Warren “Professor” over and over may not be enough:
President Obama is given a brief cameo in a new ad Wednesday in the Massachusetts Senate race — by Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who has been trailing Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in this heavily Democratic state.
“I’ve kept my promise to be an independent voice,” Brown says. “I put people ahead of politics, and now I need your help to keep that independent tradition alive in Massachusetts.”
Audio then plays from Brown making a stump speech, along with images that include a photo of Brown meeting with Obama: “Let me tell you, things would be a lot better in this country if more people in Washington were willing to think for themselves, and work with each other for the good of America.”
Here’s Young Gun Paul Ryan giving Scott Brown his orders, waaaay back in 2010:
Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts had made passing Democratic health-care reform through the democratic process impossible. In the campaign, Brown had promised the voters of Massachusetts he would be the 41st vote in the Senate against Obamacare and they took him up on his offer.
And, speaking of health care, this didn’t get a lot of play, but then nothing that’s actually in the health care law gets a lot of play, so I’m not all that surprised:
The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insuranceplans to be operated under contract with the federal government and offered to consumers in every state.
These multistate plans were included in President Obama’s health care lawas a substitute for a pure government-run health insurance program — the public option sought by many liberal Democrats and reviled by Republicans. Supporters of the national plans say they will increase competition in state health insurance markets, many of which are dominated by a handful of companies.
The national plans will compete directly with other private insurers and may have some significant advantages, including a federal seal of approval. Premiums and benefits for the multistate insurance plans will be negotiated by theUnited States Office of Personnel Management, the agency that arranges health benefits for federal employees.
John J. O’Brien, the director of health care and insurance at the agency, said the new plans would be offered to individuals and small employers through the insurance exchanges being set up in every state under the 2010 health care law.
No one knows how many people will sign up for the government-sponsored plans. In preparing cost estimates, the Obama administration told insurers to assume that each national plan would have 750,000 people enrolled in the first year.
Under the Affordable Care Act, at least one of the nationwide plans must be offered by a nonprofit entity. Insurance experts see an obvious candidate for that role: the Government Employees Health Association, a nonprofit group that covers more than 900,000 federal employees, retirees and dependents, making it the second-largest plan for federal workers, after the Blue Cross and Blue Shield program.