Like a Stopped Clock Republicans Were Right About Sebelius Resignation

By: Friday April 11, 2014 7:27 am

It is tough to take a party’s criticism of ACA implementation issues seriously when they are in total opposition to the underlying policy from the start and actively tried to sabotage it at every turn. The Congressional Republicans attacked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for problems with the federal exchanges but it is [...]

The Bureau of Prisons Will Either Keep Their Promise or Keep Whistleblower John Kiriakou From His Family

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 10:32 am

The Bureau of Prisons is threatening to keep CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou from his wife and kids by refusing to honor their deal to transfer him to a halfway house by May 1st. John’s struggle with the Bureau of Prisons comes on the heels of news that the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to declassify [...]

The High Cost of Going with a Health Care Exchange Model

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 10:34 am

If progressives want to make the case for government programs they need to prove they are good stewards of the purse. Cheering needlessly complicated and wasteful systems is not the way to do that.

The Problem With Gridlock is You Can’t Threaten More Gridlock, John Boehner

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 8:31 am

If a party controls one house of Congress and decides to take a stand of total opposition to the President they can easily deny the White House any legislative victories. It can be a very effective tactic for  making a President look weak. The big drawback of this strategy is that they also lose any [...]

Contra Paul Krugman, Obamacare Is Not an Example of the 1 Percent Losing

By: Monday April 7, 2014 6:46 am

In his recent column about inflation Paul Krugmancites the Affordable Care Act of proof that good policy can prevail against the rich: Now, I don’t think that class interest is all-powerful. Good arguments and good policies sometimes prevail even if they hurt the 0.1 percent — otherwise we would never have gotten health reform. But [...]

The Final Decision on Keystone XL

By: Friday April 4, 2014 6:51 am

President Obama is expected to make his final decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline in the coming weeks. Activists have fought hard for years to stop Big Oil from building this pipeline, which would pump tar sands oil from Canada across the US and to ports in the Gulf of [...]

How Many Selected the Correct Plan on the Exchange?

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 9:26 am

There are still many unanswered questions about exchange enrollment frequently mentioned. How many people will actually complete the process by paying? What percent were previously uninsured? What will the relatively health of this group mean for premiums next year? etc… Most of these questions are about gauging the risk pool from the perspective of the [...]

Robert Gibbs Thinks the Employer Mandate Is Doomed

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 7:51 am

One of President Obama former top advisors, Robert Gibbs, thinks the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act will never become a reality. From benefitspro: “I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,” he [...]

Grading Obamacare on a Curve

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:10 am

The Affordable Care Act should be a future case study in setting expectations. What has been defined publicly as “success” or “failure” swings dramatically depending on what narrative dominates that month. Take for example the great press and victory lap President Obama took yesterday for get just over 7 million signups on the exchange. If [...]

How Paul Ryan’s Budget Proves the Federal Debt isn’t a Priority for Republicans

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 1:20 pm

The CBO is diplomatically saying that their analysis of the Ryan budget is nonsense because he asked for a fake score

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