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Affordable Care Act – Yeah Obamacare

Gallup has been doing a lot of polling on the Affordable Care Act.  No surprise; alongside the budget, it is one of the more talked about happenings in Washington.

An interesting question in the poll is how individuals assess the future impact of the legislation.  Taking statistical significance into account, there is very little change in the responses since the poll in June of this year.

But there’s still a few interesting observations:

1)    People think it will have only a modest positive impact on their own situation (22% – 25%), but feel the positive impact on the US will be greater (34% – 36%).

2)    The percentage of people who think the legislation will make things worse for them has declined 8 points since June (42% to 34%).

Trend: Americans' Assessments of Future Impact of the Affordable Care Act

Have people taken a closer look at their own situation and feel less anxiety over the legislation?  At the same time, does the greater uncertainty of the country at large account for their being on polar opposite ends of the approval spectrum?

You can see greater reporting on the poll here.

Another interesting observation is the overall view of the Affordable Care Act.  Since December, 2012, the band has been fairly tight, with never more than an 8% difference between those disapproving of the legislation and those approving of the legislation.  The gap has narrowed recently with those disapproving only slightly in the lead.

Trend: Americans' Views of the Affordable Care Act

Neither poll question seems to raise a lot of concern over the uneven implementation of the online registration systems.  Perhaps people inherently knew the online signup systems would be a little buggy.

What do you think?

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

“It’s not the meek that will inherit the earth, it’s the geek.”

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Governor Jay Inslee

That was part of the message as Washington Governor Jay Inslee addressed the GeekWire Startup Day gathering on October 25th.  In a talk that started slow — yeah 9:30 in the morning seemed a little early for many in the startup crowd — the Governor showed his understanding and appreciation of the technology industry.

The Governor recalled Washington’s history with airplanes and software and offered that innovation is really the stock in trade for the state.  One of the relatively new industries, gaming, has 70% of total industry revenue in the state.

One key initiative was in making government data more accessible to the public.  He highlighted Socrata a Seattle company focused on democratizing access to public data.

The Governor also has some key technology policy initiatives he will be pursuing:

  • Tax credit for startup companies
  • Research and Development tax credits
  • Increasing focus on colleges and universities spinning off research to private enterprise
  • Creating an index on the efficiency of government regulations
  • Increasing the number of students graduating with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees

Finally, he challenged the audience with a bigger issue; the cumulative effect of our carbon choices.  We’ve consumed vast stores of carbon fuels in a relatively short period of time.  What technology and innovation can we bring to these challenges to improve our future?