GAO Examines Individual Mandate Alternatives – Well, Some of Them

By: Monday March 28, 2011 2:12 pm

For some reason, the GAO didn’t directly make reference to the most effective alternatives that would do an even better job than the individual mandate at decreasing the number of uninsured–single payer or a basic public plan that would enroll the uninsured by default.

Dear Politically Terrified Dem, Feel Free to Replace the Individual Mandate

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 9:59 am

Having finally, belatedly, realized just how extraordinarily unpopular the individual mandate is and will likely remain for years to come, some Senate Democrats are now searching for an alternative. From Politico: A handful of moderate Senate Democrats are looking for ways to roll back the highly contentious individual mandate — the pillar of President Barack [...]

Where Have All the Deficit Hawks Gone?

By: Friday September 17, 2010 5:30 am

I noticed that earlier this year we were overwhelmed by a wave of anti-deficit grandstanding throughout the Democratic Party while the Catfood Commission was sending up trial balloons about cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age (which is just a sleight-of-hand way of cutting benefits) or cutting the health care benefits for military service [...]

Should And Could Democrats Push “Local Jobs For America Act” Using Reconciliation?

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 1:57 pm

Now that the new health care law is passed, Democrats are hoping to focus on jobs and the economy. Members of Congress and progressive organizations have begun talking more about the Local Jobs For America Act. It is a good bill that should actually help to create and save jobs while temporarily helping to ease [...]

The Death of the Public Option: After Parade of Lies, Democratic Leadership Now Stands Naked

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 12:41 pm

After a full year of debate and dozens of excuses, the Democratic leadership now stands naked in their opposition to the public option. President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all claimed they that wanted one. They are the three most powerful people in Washington and have huge margins in [...]

Community Colleges Get Screwed For AHIP

By: Monday March 15, 2010 7:32 am

Now we see one of the reasons the Senate is including student loans in reconciliation — they don’t want to tax rich people (as the House does) so they’re stealing the money from community colleges. The Senate HELP Committee is currently writing the student loan reconciliation bill that the House has to pass (the House [...]

Senate Will Include Student Loan Reform in Reconciliation

By: Friday March 12, 2010 3:08 pm

Count me with Tim Ranzetta — student loan reform was D-E-A-D dead earlier this week, as both Congress and the White House were nervous about losing on the health care bill if student lending was included in reconciliation. But last night, Conrad backtracked from the position he’d expressed only that morning. And today, it was [...]

Health Insurance Industry’s $300 Billion Victory Over the Public Option

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 9:27 am

When Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and the entire Republican Senate caucus stepped up to kill the public option in the Senate, it is important to remember that the health insurance industry won a victory—a victory worth $300 billion. As Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) now [...]

Ben Nelson Now Angling to Kill New Health Insurance Rating Authority

By: Friday February 26, 2010 4:23 pm

Ben Nelson (D-NE), living up to his role as the great defender of the health insurance industry, is now leading the fight against the new Health Insurance Rating Authority that Obama proposed as part of his health care reform package (PDF). From Politico: Nelson quietly urged Democratic leaders to reject Feinstein’s effort to include in [...]

Health Care Reform: How Democrats Might Deal With Abortion Language Through Reconciliation

By: Friday February 19, 2010 1:35 pm

The New York Times is reporting that the White House is preparing to use reconciliation to advance health care reform. Reconciliation will be used to make changes to the Senate bill to make it an acceptable compromise between the House and the Senate. As always, the elephant in the room is abortion. Democrats said it [...]