Supreme Court Just Getting Started on Health Care Rulings

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 8:15 am

Last week’s ruling in the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act has been framed as an end to all the uncertainty about the law. As we’re seeing with the Medicaid expansion, that’s not true. But it’s not even true in a legal context. As Jennifer Habenkorn points out, there are several other challenges to [...]

States Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion Could Reduce Their Rolls Without Consequences

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 6:15 am

Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News sketches out a terrifying scenario for Medicaid in states that opt out of the expansion. Not only could they refuse to cover low-income adults up to 133% of the federal poverty line, but they could actually roll back their current Medicaid plans without any consequence. In 2014 the “maintenance [...]

Why Logic Won’t Work in the Medicaid Expansion Debate

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 12:23 pm

I’m clearly not above wonking out every now and again. And it’s worth looking at the facts on the costs of the Medicaid expansion. But before we go that far, you have to understand how this is not about costs to those who want to deprive their poorest citizens health care, and it should be [...]

What Can Be Done to Fight Republican Governors Resisting Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:50 am

Okay, you’re saying, you’re right about Republican governors opting out of the Medicaid expansion, Dave, and liberal establishment types are acting completely blind to the threat. But what do you suggest they do about it? After all, if Republican governors value their positions, they’ll fall in line with the prevailing opinion of their hardcore base, [...]

Probation as a Revenue Scheme for Cash-Strapped States

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:10 am

If you liked for-profit prisons pushing tougher sentencing and leading to a sharp increase in the warehousing of US citizens, then you’ll love for-profit probation: Three years ago, Gina Ray, who is now 31 and unemployed, was fined $179 for speeding. She failed to show up at court (she says the ticket bore the wrong [...]

Over 9 Million Low-Income Americans at Risk From State Medicaid Expansion Opt-Out

By: Saturday June 30, 2012 8:14 am

I keep seeing these confident predictions from health care experts that no state would be so foolish as to reject the Medicaid expansion for their state. I want to set up a poker game with these people, to provide for my family in retirement. How many times can you say “well that’s so radical and [...]

More on Republican Governors and the Medicaid Expansion

By: Friday June 29, 2012 2:03 pm

Just to update the Republican governors and the Medicaid expansion issue, which I think will be the big fight in the states through 2014 and potentially beyond: • Keep in mind that under the law, any state could start their Medicaid expansion right now if they choose. And this would still be free for the [...]

Why Republican Governors Will Absolutely Hold Out on Expanding Medicaid

By: Friday June 29, 2012 6:23 am

Those who liked yesterday’s 5-4 verdict in NFIB v. Sebelius, the formal name of the Affordable Care Act lawsuit, have made two arguments knocking down concerns that the ruling could have negative ramifications. One of them I completely disagree with, and one I think needs to be looked at a bit differently. I want to [...]

Bernanke Continually Keeping Powder Dry, Despite Clear Evidence of Economic Slowdown

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 7:38 am

We know that the Federal Reserve kept the status quo on its monetary policies yesterday, extending Operation Twist (selling short-term maturities and buying long-term ones to try and reduce longer-term interest rates) through to the end of the year, but going no further. But the Fed released another set of data yesterday, its updated forecasts [...]

How Political Elites Narrow Economic Choices

By: Monday June 18, 2012 11:05 am

Tyler Cowen, a conservative economist who’s very good when it comes to finding a good restaurant, is further off base in this editorial, where he attributes the lack of expansionary fiscal policy to “broken trust.” Since Mr. Obama took office, 780,000 private sector jobs have been created, while the number of public sector jobs has [...]

Pro Publica Gets More Comprehensive on Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Fund Raid

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 12:25 pm

A couple days ago, Pro Publica basically took information compiled by housing groups and packaged in the New York Times on the raids by the states of hard-dollar funds from the foreclosure fraud settlement and did a deeper analysis. They now show that the raids have reached nearly $1 billion, out of a $2.5 billion [...]

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