If you’re one of the 37 million Americans with student loan debt, you’re in for a real treat come July 1. That’s when interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise to 6.8 percent—double the current rate of 3.4 percent. That deadline has lawmakers scrambling for a fix.
The latest survey from the Pew Research Center found that a Medicare voucher plan remains unpopular. Public opinion of this plan is “virtually unchanged from public reactions a little over a year ago, when Republicans in the House voted in favor of this proposal as part of the “Ryan plan.” However, most Americans no longer associate the unpopular Medicare voucher plan with Paul Ryan:
Just 23% of those who have heard about the idea of shifting Medicare to a system of credits to buy private insurance identify it as Ryan’s. Nearly as many (17%) say Barack Obama proposed this, while 44% do not know who proposed it.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around the past 18 months of politics that has been sloshing around Wisconsin. I haven’t lived here long enough for the place to truly feel like home. It’s more like I’ve been doing extended field work.
So I graphed.
Anyways. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staffers Craig Gilbert (of the excellent Wisconsin Voter blog) and Emily Yount posted some nice graphs on comparing the exit polls from 2010-2012. But their multi-panel graph layout didn’t really illustrate the overall patterns of similarity between the 2010 electorate and the 2012 recall electorate. So I offer this up. Maybe I should have made a slopegraph?
Click on the graph to enjoy a larger version.
UPDATE Okay, okay. A rough slopegraph. I hope you’re happy now. Sheesh.
How does Governor Walker spend his workdays? Check out this interactive chart, developed by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. The Center obtained Walker’s calendars through an open records request, then developed a database of all calendar entries. The Center also breaks down the companies Walker met with and the donations made to Walker by each company, so you can get a sense of how money impacts access to Walker’s time.
What happens if the individual mandate falls, in one chart.
For health insurers, the worst-case scenario is one where the court overturns the mandate but still leaves standing the requirement that health plans accept all applicants. As less healthy Americans enrolled, premiums would most likely spike. America’s Health Insurance Plans rounds up the research that health-care economists have done, so far, estimating what striking the mandate would mean for health-care coverage and cost.
An age gap in American politics:
Young voters have become critical for Democrats in part because older voters have become more Republican.
These are the two sides of an age gap that has surfaced in American politics almost overnight. In the 2000 race for president, Democrat Al Gore did slightly worse with voters under 30 (48%) than he did with voters 65 and older (51%), according to exit polls. In 2004, Democrat John Kerry did seven points better with younger voters (54%) than older voters (47%). In 2008, Obama did 21 points better, winning 66% of voters under 30 but only 45% of voters 65 and older.