• With: Michelle Rhee, Dan Henninger, Kim Strassel, Joe Rago, Jason Riley, Dorothy Rabinowitz



    GIGOT: "If I offended you at all, I apologize."


    RAGO: This bill is designed to destroy those policies. That's why they're disappearing. This is what they wanted to do all along. They decided those policies were inferior --


    RAGO: -- even if people preferred them, and they wanted to get rid of them and substitute in new policies that are government approved.

    GIGOT: They wanted to destroy -- they have the individual insurance market, as it currently exists, fade away. That means to drive everybody in the exchanges. That was the point of all this. And we had a cancer patient this week, Edie Sundby, write in our paper in California that she may be in danger of losing her oncologist.

    RAGO: Right, just very limited choices in the exchange's narrow networks. So Ms. Sundby wrote, for example, that in the exchange policy, she couldn't go to M.D. Anderson. The --

    GIGOT: Houston cancer center.

    RAGO: -- renowned cancer center in Texas. So it really just disrupted her care for a stage 4 cancer patient. And we're seeing that nationwide, state to state, not just California.

    GIGOT: Dan, briefly, I think the Democrats, Senate Democrats have to break here before the president would even consider any substantive changes. You agree with that?

    HENNINGER: Yeah, I think so. He's going to have to be under tremendous pressure. But really, Paul, as Joe is suggesting, this law is structured in a way that's going to make it very difficult to revise or break apart at this stage.

    GIGOT: Yeah, it will either be a delay, I think, or nothing much is going to happen.

    When we come back, New Jersey votes for Chris Christie again. What can the Republican Party learn from his re-election?



    GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-N.J.: I know if we can do this in Trenton, New Jersey, maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now, see how it's done.



    GIGOT: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he can work with opposing parties and get things done for his state, so why can't Washington? Christie won re-election by a wide margin and gained the majority of women and Hispanics, two key demographics that helped President Obama win reelection.

    We're back with Washington columnist, Kim Strassel; "Political Diary" editor, Jason Riley; and editorial board member, Dorothy Rabinowitz.

    So, Kim, a lot of talk about Governor Christie now on the left and the right. Is he a model for Republicans, how to win?

    STRASSEL: Aspects of what he has done definitely are a model for how Republicans want to win. Look, the idea for any party is you've got to expand the tent and Christie's way of doing that has been to -- inclusive - - a lot of it has been about tone and message, Paul. He's actually a fairly conservative governor but he is inclusive. He does attempt to sort of reach out to the other side. He talks to all voters. He had a good ground game up in New Jersey, went out to a lot of these different communities all during his first term --

    GIGOT: Right.

    STRASSEL: -- to make sure they knew what he had accomplished. As a result, you saw it in those final poll numbers. He did well with a lot of the community that the Republicans have struggled.


    STRASSEL: So he made the tent bigger.

    GIGOT: OK. But how much is this, Jason, is about Christie's personal -- unique personal political talents that aren't translatable nationally?

    JASON RILEY, POLITICAL DIARY EDITOR: He is a charismatic guy. But he also shows that -- you can go out and get minority votes. You can go out and get young voters. You mentioned Latinos and women. He also increased his numbers among blacks and among young people age 18 to 29 by double digits. This is what the GOP needs to do. And he did it he said, you know, you have to go to places where you're not comfortable, not just places where you're comfortable. You can't just show up six months before the election and start then.

    GIGOT: Got to do it --


    RILEY: I think the mind-set of too many Republican candidates has been to write off large segments of the voting public. It's just lost to them, lost the GOP. And Christie shows, even in the era of Obama, you can go out and get minority votes if you're willing to go work for them, to go in those communities, introduce yourself and not let your opponent paint a picture of you.

    GIGOT: Dorothy, you listened to the governor's victory speech. Do you think it suggested a man ready to go national?

    DOROTHY RABINOWITZ, EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER: I think it suggested a man who is going to be hard to beat in terms of charisma, but also suggested a man who could use a little touchup and a little listening to.

    GIGOT: How so?

    RABINOWITZ: It was a very self-regarding speech. And it was shocking --


    GIGOT: A little too much about me, me, me?

    RABINOWITZ: Me, me, me, yes. And it was a sense that you don't hear all that often in Christie. But this plays against an era where we have a president who does nothing but use the personal pronoun, I, I, I. I sent these troops.