Ryan Gets the Band Back Together for His Plan to End Medicare

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 12:15 pm

Paul Ryan is desperately trying to resuscitate his failed plan to end Medicare by offering it as the replacement element in the long-sought “repeal and replace” strategy for the Affordable Care Act. “Giving patients and consumers control over healthcare resources would make all Americans less dependent on big business and big government for our health [...]

“We Fixed the Glitch”

By: Tuesday July 19, 2011 12:58 pm

After reading a story about a fix to the Affordable Care Act, I’m reminded of this scene from Office Space (OK, I know that’s not the scene, but a reasonable facsimile that won’t get me sued). In the scene, the two efficiency experts named Bob find that Initech has been paying Milton Wadhams for years [...]

Clock Running Out on 9-11 Health Care Bill

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 7:35 am

The Senate is voting right now on the continuing resolution to fund the government to March 4. It’s expected to sail through, with no more than a handful of votes in opposition (UPDATE: passed 82-14). But instead of a straight up-or-down vote on the CR, it’s a cloture vote, and any one Senator could force [...]

TANF Emergency Fund “Pretty Much Dead in the Water”

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 12:08 pm

Earlier, I made the mistaken assumption that the continuing resolution which Congress will pass before leaving for the elections would extend the TANF Emergency Fund for another few months. It looks like the program in question was a reauthorization of the existing TANF program, not the Emergency Fund. Let me just briefly describe the Emergency [...]

Republicans Trying to Cancel All Health Care Consumer Protections Today

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 8:38 am

Senate Republicans have of late made use of the resolution of disapproval, a legislative vehicle which cannot be filibustered and which can overturn administrative decisions. Because these need the signage of the President, they essentially have a 67-vote standard, because the nature of the resolutions that Republicans are attempting stand at odds with Administration goals. [...]

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