Browsing Archive: August, 2014

The "Other St. Louis" and the Roots of Ferguson

Posted by Timothy McBride on Sunday, August 31, 2014, In : Ferguson 

During the turmoil that gripped Ferguson and St. Louis (and captured the attention of much of the nation) after the tragic shooting of Michael Brown when violence broke out (usually late at night) many turned to the famous quote of Martin Luther King Jr., who said: “a riot is the language of the unheard.”

We now know that the looting and violence that took place in Ferguson was quite limited, and by all means did not broadly characterize the protests that happened in the wake of Michael Br...


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The 2014 Senate Election Still Too Close to Call

Posted by Timothy McBride on Friday, August 29, 2014, In : Politics 
As I said in an earlier post, I am a contrarian compared to pundits and others who seem to believe the odds are very high that the Republicans will take over the Senate.  In part, as I have written about before, I think Obamacare is much less unpopular than people think (and there is increasing evidence now of that) and I think it will become more popular over time. Also, I think the candidates who are vulnerable will do better than people think (e.g. Landrieu, Hagan).

As I have pointed out be...
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Missouri shows very small change in uninsured rate in latest Gallup survey

Posted by Timothy McBride on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, In : ACA 

Gallup has released its latest results from its survey of how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is faring nationwide, and it shows rather stunning (though in most cases likely unsurprising to health policy analysts) results of how this grand policy change is rolling out state by state.  Their main finding is that in states that implemented most of the features of the ACA the drop in the uninsured rate (which was already lower in the states that chose to implement the core mechanisms of the ACA) w...
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My contrarian view on 2014 senate election

Posted by Timothy McBride on Monday, August 4, 2014, In : Politics 

I have long believed the pundits have it wrong (as they often do J ) on whether the Senate will flip to the Republicans, in their gloom and doom scenarios.  Mostly my view on this is because the press and pundits have so badly understood the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for so long, and how the public views it, and how it will be viewed by November.  In particular, I think the popular press view is that ACA is very unpopular and that therefore the Democrats and incumbent Senators will be punishe...


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Timothy McBride Timothy D. McBride, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis. Here you can find musings on health policy and other issues. Opinions are my own, and not those of my employer. Contact: mcbridetd@gmail.com