The Nuclear Option Catch-22 for Republicans

By: Friday November 21, 2014 10:14 am

Some Senate Republicans are entertaining the idea of bring back the filibuster for executive nominees, according to the Huffington Post. The problem is there is no way for Republicans to undo the Democrats’ rule change without validating what Democrats did. I strongly suspect Senate Republicans won’t be able to find enough votes from Senate Democrats [...]

House Republicans Finally File Suit Against President Obama

By: Friday November 21, 2014 7:53 am

The long promised House Republican’s lawsuit against the Obama administration based on his executive action related to health care is finally here. From the New York Times: The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay penalties. (Larger companies are defined [...]

The Importance of Not Being Quiet

By: Friday November 21, 2014 6:51 am

Last night President Obama did the right thing and will help millions of people in this country. It was a big day for immigration reform groups and a powerful vindication of an aggressive form of activism. I’ve repeatedly heard activist groups told to be quiet, not rock the boat, just trust the White House to [...]

HHS’s Foolish Decision to Game Signup Numbers

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 10:20 am

If this turns out to be true, it ranks as one of the most idiotic decisions made for the sake of political spin. Bloomberg is reporting that HHS secretly included stand alone dental plans in their exchange signup numbers to make them look bigger. From Bloomberg: The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental [...]

You Can’t Support the Filibuster and Hate Executive Action

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 9:23 am

The United States is a huge country with serious problems that is part of an ever changing world. Significant technological developments are being made on a regular basis that are reshaping our economy. The federal government needs to respond to shifting realities. This can either be done by legislation approved by Congress or by executive [...]

Obama Doesn’t Need to Care What People Think

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 6:40 am

There is one small silver lining to being a lame duck President who led his party to historically bad loses and faces an¬†uncompromising Republican Congress, you can stop caring what people think. It is very limiting, but also liberating. I’ve seen several polls about President Obama’s executive action on immigration and articles on how Democrats [...]

The Terrible School Policy Killing Your Children

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 7:04 am

We are literally killing our teenagers by making them go to school so early in the morning. Having high school start earlier in the day is associated with a significant increase in motor vehicle accidents, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The study compared two Virginia counties with different [...]

Jonathan Cohn Rewrites History for Jonathan Gruber

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:49 am

This defense of Jonathan Gruber in the New Republic simply doesn’t fit with what actually happened. First, Jonathan Cohn claims Gruber never hid his conflict of interest while pretending to be an outside expert in media interviews. At the same time this was happening, reporters like me were constantly seeking interpretation of the policy process [...]

The Ignorance of Ron Fournier and the Genius of Mitch McConnell

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 6:58 am

By being really bad at his job, Ron Fournier has indirectly proven how good Sen. Mitch McConnell is at his job. Fournier wrote about the Affordable Care Act: On health care, we needed a market-driven plan that decreases the percentage of uninsured Americans without convoluting the U.S. health care system. Just such a plan sprang [...]

The Stupidest Poll Question of the Day

By: Monday November 17, 2014 1:16 pm

In general I love polls, but they can be a clear example of the ‘garbage in garbage out’ problem. If the poll question is bad it tells you nothing useful and this poll question in the USA Today survey is really bad. It asked: “Should President Obama take executive action this year to deal with [...]