MIAMI, FL - MARCH 31: Maria Blanca (2nd R) speaks with Andres F. as she along with others in line register to meet with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors that are selling insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 31, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Today is the last day for the first yearly sign-up period and Sunshine Life and Health saw a wait of four hours or more for people to see a health insurance advisor. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist covering U.S. politics. A political scientist, he previously wrote "A Plain Blog About Politics." He is co-editor of "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012."
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Yes, the late surge in health-care signups matters. Seven million, or even 6 million, was no magic number but all the extra signups will almost certainly help keep premiums down next year. And while I don't think it's going to have a major effect on public opinion regarding either Obamacare or President Barack Obama, it's certainly possible that it could matter on the margins.

What didn't matter? How about yet another Benghazi committee hearing in the House? That's a pretty easy call.

That's what I have. What about you? What do you think mattered this week?

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(Jonathan Bernstein covers U.S. politics for Bloomberg View.He is co-editor of "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012."Follow him onTwitter at @JBPlainblog.)

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