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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:49 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 31, 2012 10:25 am|
It was first reported back in 2009 that the Obama administration cut a deal with the PhRMA to break specific campaign promises he made about health care reform in exchange for PhRMA spending money to politically support the bill. Thanks to some newly revealed emails via Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner we now have [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 2, 2011 4:59 pm|
The bane of any functioning government system is corruption. Corruption doesn’t just cause unfair and poor allocation of resources, it eventually undermines faith in the government. This, in turn, can create an extremely destructive, self-reinforcing, downward spiral, eventually undermining the entire system. The frightening thing for America is that there exists three main forms of [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday December 28, 2009 12:00 pm|
After working very hard to kill many progressive idea about how best to control health care costs, Mary Landrieu has found one she likes. Too bad it is the one that will most benefit millionaires: I can only support a bill if the Cadillac plans are taxed at the level they are in the Senate [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday December 15, 2009 4:09 pm|
Dorgan had the votes to pass his drug reimportation amendment, which would have saved the public over $100 billion and the government $19 billion.
But Joe Lieberman says it can’t be part of LieberCare, so I’m afraid the cost curve will have to be bent by making your health insurance worse.
Next up: the sham Lautenberg amendment, which inserts a poison pill into reimportation by pretending that drugs from CVS warehouses in Canada are really packed with rat poison in Chinese sweat shops.
Will Joe allow that to be part of LieberCare? Stay tuned!
|By: Jon Walker Monday December 14, 2009 1:23 pm|
Basically every other industrialized nation on earth has dramatically lower prescription drug prices because their governments negotiate on behalf of their citizens for lower drug prices. Even for Democrats this common sense solution to our insanely high drug prices is a step too far, so Democrats have been promoting the idea of drug re-importation. Now [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 10, 2009 7:21 pm|
Harry Reid uses his control over procedure to do what Harry Reid wants to do. (Tell that fish story about “60 votes” and Joe Lieberman being the block to anything to someone else.) And what he wants to do is block Dorgan’s drug reimportation bill, and protect Obama’s PhRMA deal.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday December 9, 2009 1:21 pm|
For almost a year, President Obama has spent countless hours trying to woo Olympia Snowe to support heath care reform. He has been willing to bend over backwards to give in to almost every one of her demands. It is very unfortunate that Snowe decided to use her new-found power for evil instead of good. [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 15, 2009 5:50 pm|
We are now starting to see the beginning of a game of health care Jenga. The problem is the Democrats have seriously constrained themselves on what they can do. Obama set an arbitrary numeric cap of around $900 billion and demanded reform be fully paid for. Conservatives like Baucus, Conrad, and Snowe demanded that health [...]