President Obama Apologizes For Misleading Americans On Obamacare

By: Friday November 8, 2013 6:52 am

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The debate over whether or not President Obama promised no one would lose their health insurance coverage under Obamacare seemed to reach resolution yesterday when President Obama apologized for misleading the American public. Obama reiterated his commitment to fix problems caused by the [...]

“New Public Option” Not a Public Option

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 10:49 am

The need to offer a substitute to placate those desiring a public option created this Frankenstein monster, which was admittedly not well thought-out. Those who did it ended up with the worst of all possible worlds; no public option supporter really even knew about these multi-state plans, and they have the potential to disrupt the exchanges and cause a race to the bottom.

Another Insider Declares Deal Was Made to Stop Public Option

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 7:55 am

I mentioned earlier in the week how the public option fight changed the progressive movement. You had a popular, compromise measure that the public supported, where advocates did everything right, getting their pledges and using allies to make demands, and none of it mattered. It bred cynicism for future fights. Underneath all that was a [...]

How the Public Option Fight Changed the Progressive Movement

By: Monday January 16, 2012 10:57 am

Jonathan Bernstein wonders whether liberals have “forgotten about the public option.” I think the point here is that liberals have forgotten about politicians expressing nominal support for the public option. It’s still very early, but the first hints are a lot less promising than I would have expected for public option supporters. I checked the [...]

Firing Insurance Companies More Myth Than Reality

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 9:35 am

If people want to say that Mitt Romney “likes to fire people,” I’m not going to stop them. Lord knows that liberals have put up with egregious misstatements of fact and lines ripped out of context for years, if not decades. In fact, Romney did it just a couple months ago. So blowback’s a bitch. [...]

Ryan-Wyden Getting No Love on Democratic Side

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 12:16 pm

The news that Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Paul Ryan have joined forces on a premium support/Medicare hybrid has gone over like a lead balloon in the Democratic caucus, as well as the White House. First off, Democrats in the House showed little interest in the plan, which would allow private companies on a regulated [...]

Romney’s Plan to Break Up Medicare

By: Monday November 7, 2011 8:55 am

So Mitt Romney released a fiscal plan. I hope his idea to eliminate Title X family planning funding, going much further than even many House Republicans, gets more attention. And there are some other far-right proposals in there as well, like raising the retirement age and capping spending at 20% of GDP and block-granting Medicaid. [...]

CLASSy: Advocates Not Told of CLASS Act Demise Until Minutes Before Announcement

By: Thursday October 20, 2011 2:18 pm

The Obama Administration did not notify Congressional supporters of the CLASS Act, a voluntary public long-term care insurance program passed with the Affordable Care Act, before pulling the plug on the idea. Advocates were left blindsided by the official announcement, though the Administration had recently released the chief actuary and shut down the offices doing [...]

The Dangers of Cutting Medicare and Medicaid

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 8:50 am

As I wrote yesterday, the President’s deficit reduction plan includes a non-trivial swath of Medicare and Medicaid cuts, including some cuts for public health and prevention, as well as means testing and higher co-pays for certain services. We’re told that most of the cuts are to providers. In fact, the largest portion of cuts comes [...]

Weiner: If Mandate Overturned, We’ll Just Replace With a Public Option

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 1:47 pm

I think Anthony Weiner is missing a step in this fiendish plan to enact the public option. It’s not that he thinks the mandate is unconstitutional, but that the court has become so partisan, that its conservative justices will rule against President Obama in a 5-4 decision. He wasn’t glum about it, though — if [...]

Conservative Law Professor Charles Fried: We Know the Public Option is Constitutional

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 11:42 am

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a largely meaningless salon today about the constitutionality of the individual mandate. There are a bit over three hundred million people in America, and the only one who matters on this score is Anthony Kennedy. And he wasn’t at the hearing. So I’m not sure what it accomplished. However, while [...]

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