Supreme Court: All Religious Freedoms Are Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others

By: Monday June 30, 2014 8:58 am

The thing that bothers me most about the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is not that the Court concluded that some private for-profit companies have some religious freedoms. While I think that argument is deeply flawed, I can at least understand how someone could reach that conclusion. What is most [...]

White House, Democrats Still Have No Health Care Plan B for Supreme Court Decision

By: Monday June 18, 2012 8:59 am

Even though there is a very good chance the Supreme Court could rule against some or all of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration seems to have done nothing to prepare Democrats in Congress for this eventuality, according to Politico. Congressional Democrats who wrote Barack Obama’s health care plan into law say they’re getting virtually [...]

Will Mandate Mania Be the Gay Marriage of 2010?

By: Sunday March 21, 2010 6:57 pm

On the House floor today, the Republicans focused on attacking the individual mandate. Just like they did yesterday in the amendments they offered to the Rules Committee. Just as John Boehner relentlessly did this week on Meet the Press. Their rhetoric feeds into an extensive and well-funded network of right wing groups that stand ready [...]

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.

Right & Left Agree: Mandates are the Road to Neofeudalism

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 10:08 am

As Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos said, “remove the mandate or kill this bill.” We’ve opened a “war room” at Firedoglake with information about calling your member of Congress to demand that this provision to bail out the insurance industry be removed from the health care bill before they agree to cast their vote in favor of it.

And nobody needs to pass an ideological purity test before they can use it.

Join us to oppose the mandate. Enter the war room.