Yes, Rahm is Totally Vindicated

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 7:52 am

Ben Smith writes that if the health care bill passes with “unified, if grumbly, support on the left, it would seem to vindicate the White House’s fundamental approach, which was to take the left for granted as much as possible and focus on courting marginal members of the Senate.”

He’s absolutely right. As I told Jonathan Weisman of the Wall Street Journal the other day (which he didn’t print), “f#%king r$%ards” worked.

Mandate Penalty Increases from 2% to 2.5% in President’s Health Care Bill

By: Monday February 22, 2010 8:00 am

The President’s new health care bill does not include a public option, but it does increase the maximum penalty for failure to comply with the mandate to buy health insurance, which rises from 2% to 2.5% of annual income (PDF). But for months now, polling has shown that a mandate with no public option is [...]

John Shadegg Gives Mike Stark a Preview of the GOP 2010 Campaign

By: Thursday January 14, 2010 11:12 am

I don’t know who thought that penalizing people 2% of their income if they refuse to buy the product of private insurance companies was a good idea. Maybe the same guy who thought NAFTA would be a winner for the Democrats in 1994.