The Government Shutdown: An After Action Report

This slide deck tries to put the government shutdown in perspective, starting with the lack of support for totally eliminating federal funding for the new health care law if it meant shutting down the federal government, and including our thoughts about why the shutdown happened, the initial consequences, and the road ahead.  The report ends on the same topic, the new health care law, reflecting the September baseline numbers for the key measures that will help determine whether the law is perceived to be successful or not, such as likelihood to sign up for coverage on the exchanges and the impact the law is having on premiums, hours worked, and whether people lose their existing private coverage.  We have the great good fortune of doing polling with Hart Research on behalf of NBC/WSJ and CNBC, and these surveys are carefully tracking the implementation of the new health care law and other broader trends.