Joseph Stubbs, President of the American College of Physicians -- the second largest doctors' group in the country -- confirms that "the supply of doctors just won't be there" for the 30 million new patients Barack Obama wants to cover. Noting that the doctor shortage is "already a catastrophic crisis," Stubbs said that underserved areas in the U.S. currently need almost 17,000 new primary care physicians even before Obama's proposals are enacted.
November 17, 2009, 4:33 PM EST
November 13, 2009, 5:39 PM EST
President Obama's decision to put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial in New York City along with four others accused of helping destroy the World Trade Center and attack the Pentagon on 9-11 paints a bull's-eye for terrorists right on New York City, their favorite target. Now Obama has identified where the terrorists should focus their energies -- on New York City.
June 24, 2009, 12:09 PM EDT
If only President Obama were a third as tough on Iran and North Korea as he is on Republicans, he'd be making progress in containing the dire threats to our national security these rogue nations represent. As it is, the president is letting the perception of weakness cloud his image. Once that particular miasma enshrouds a presidency, it is hard to dissipate.
October 27, 2008, 6:20 AM EDT
The most reliable surveys put McCain five to seven points behind Obama as we enter the last week of this interminable campaign. In a race that will be famous for years afterward for its volatility, it is not too late for the Republican to pull out a victory. It’s happened three times in the past 30 years that a presidential race shifted dramatically in the final week.
September 29, 2008, 6:40 PM EDT
There were two debates last night: the first half on the economy and the second half on foreign policy. Obama won the first half, and McCain won the second. But it was not a draw. The economy is the most important issue, and a great many people watched only the first half of the debate. Unlike a horse race, it is the opening, not the finish, that is the most important.
September 10, 2008, 8:29 AM EDT
Now that the conventions are over, it is evident that the battle of John McCain is over (McCain won) and the battle of Barack Obama will determine the outcome of the election. Now that McCain has definitively, and I suspect irreversibly, separated himself from George Bush, he has become an acceptable alternative to Obama for voters seeking change. The question now is whether Obama’s extra quotient of change -- or the different direction that change will take -- is worth the risk of electing him.
September 8, 2008, 5:27 AM EDT
The convention floor was abuzz all Thursday with the news of the CBS poll showing a dead tie (42-42) in the presidential race. And the poll, conducted through Wednesday, couldn’t reflect the impact of John McCain’s speech, or the full impact of Sarah Palin’s late Wednesday night. It reflected opinions only after the Democrats’ convention, Barack Obama’s incredible speech, the Palin selection and the early, Gustav-depressed GOP gathering.
August 26, 2008, 4:43 PM EDT
In the most recent Zogby poll, he runs only 2 points better among women than among men. A Democrat should be running 10 to 15 points better among women.
August 20, 2008, 4:29 PM EDT
For the first time in memory, the two parties are holding their conventions right after one another. Within 72 hours of Obama's acceptance speech on the night of Aug. 28, in front of 75,000 adoring fans outdoors in Invesco Field at Mile High, the Republican Convention's opening gavel will come crashing down. How will it work? What will be the impact of these nearly simultaneous events? Nobody really knows, but the answer is critical. Usually, the post-convention polling sets a pattern that lasts at least until the candidates debate.
August 7, 2008, 6:43 AM EDT
The conventional wisdom has it down pat: A bad economy works against the candidate from the party in power, as voters take out their rage and fear on the president’s party and back the challenger, just like they did in 1992. But this is not a normal economic slowdown (or recession), and Obama is not a normal challenger. I think the conventional wisdom may be dead wrong.