A Flimsy Argument Against Single Payer

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 6:58 am

Over at Vox Ezra Klein is making one of the more logically flimsy arguments against single payer I have seen in a long time: “Hobby Lobby shows why single payer could hurt reproductive rights.” From Klein: A single-payer system heightens the stakes on this kind of decision. The assumption behind some of the Hobby Lobby-based [...]

Yes, U.S. Private Insurance Companies Are the Problem

By: Monday January 13, 2014 9:49 am

I’ve noticed a few more centrist “experts” like Ezra Klein trying to push this contrarian idea that Liberals are stupidly misplacing blame on private insurance companies. His analysis though ignores the central role our private insurance companies play in the politics of keeping the system broken.

Larry Summers’ Shocking Ignorance About Health Care Economics

By: Monday April 22, 2013 8:20 am

Just when I think there aren’t enough reasons to disdain Larry Summers he goes out his way to create new ones. Last week Summers said it was a good thing America didn’t adopt a universal health care system in the 70′s. When Ezra Klein challenged him to defend this statement Summer could only provide confusing [...]

The False Framing in the Sequestration Debate

By: Friday September 14, 2012 1:25 pm

When caught up in the height of the deficit hysteria during the debt ceiling fight Congress voted for a set of very stupid across the board cuts known as sequestration. Since Democrats and Republicans couldn’t reach a deal at the time, they thought a great idea was to create a really bad law no one [...]

The “Secret” to International Health Care Cost Control is Always Government Involvement

By: Monday July 30, 2012 10:45 am

While in Israel Mitt Romney praised that country’s high quality, low cost health care system. This resulted in a predictable round of mockery from people pointing out that Israel’s heavily government controlled system is exactly the type of “socialism” Romney claims would destroy freedom and economic success if implemented in America. From Ezra Klein: “Our [...]

The Newest Ezra Klein Flip Flop: Paul Ryan and Single Payer

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 10:54 am

I love a good provocative title as much as the next writer but it has to at least make some sense, which really doesn’t seem to be the case with Ezra Klein’s new article ‘Ryan May Lead to Single-Payer Health Care.’ As best as I can make sense of the rather strange logic leaps, Klein [...]

How Republicans Indirectly Got Liberals To Point Out Flaws Behind Obamacare

By: Wednesday January 11, 2012 7:30 am

Many of the design principles for the insurance market exchanges in the Affordable Care Act were based on unproven, discredited, and frankly absurd conservative notions about the economagic of free markets.  But too many liberals refused to acknowledge this. During the height of the debate on the ACA, the inherently conservative and flawed nature of [...]

Ezra Klein Then and Now on Health Care Exchanges

By: Friday December 16, 2011 11:55 am

During the debate over Obamacare Ezra Klein was a huge proponent of  health insurance exchanges using only private insurance companies. He called the exchanges the number one cost control idea in the new law. From Klein March 22, 2010 in his list of “five most promising cost controls in the health-care bill”: (1) Create a [...]

What’s a Few Dead Labor Leaders Between Friends? Colombia Free Trade, Then and Now

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 11:52 am

If there is one good thing to come out of the passage of these bills, which are estimated to cost over 200,000 American jobs and increase the trade deficit by billions of dollars, I hope is is the message that it sends to those participating in #OWS protests across the country.

This is what happens to the things you believe in at the hands of Barack Obama, the Democratic party…and those like Ezra Klein who carry their water.

Defending Obama with a Failure of Imagination

By: Monday August 22, 2011 1:47 pm

I’ve found one of the saddest yet most common defenses of President Obama’s handling of his job to be the weird argument that it simply wasn’t possible for him to do a better job, or to do anything different from what he did. It always reminds me of the mantra of the misguided extreme optimist [...]