NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks on stage at the campus of Lehman College for the Dream Big Day at the Bronx Children's Museum on July 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Children with the museum program, which is located on the Lehman campus, put on a performance for Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and some members of the City Council. The Dream Big program is a six-week summer arts enrichment program which was first created in 2010. (Photo by Spencer Platt/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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It didn't all happen this week, but the Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion mattered. It mattered, first of all, for those who will qualify and receive insurance, but also as another indication that Medicaid expansion, while slow, is still moving towards eventually becoming universal. It may turn out to take longer than the original rollout of Medicaid in the 1960s (and 1970s), but the logic of expansion for state governments is just too strong to be halted by partisanship over the long term.

I didn't follow the news as closely as usual this week, so I'm not sure I ran into anything good for "doesn't matter," but certainly the timing of Hillary Clinton's response to Ferguson didn't matter at all.

So, I'm depending on you: what did you notice? What do you think mattered this week?

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