Global Payment So Far Fails to Control Health Care Costs in Massachusetts

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 12:43 pm

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has released a new report that indicates Gov. Deval Patrick’s goal of controlling health care cost by moving the state towards a global payment method is unlikely to produce real savings.

Hectoring the Base: It’s Not About GOTV, It’s About Laying the Blame

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 9:49 am

Obama is at it again, this time in Rolling Stone: The president told Democrats that making change happen is hard and “if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.” Yes, for those wondering, this guy actually did win an election in 2008: [...]

Declining Home Values, the Massachusetts Vote and the “Gathering Storm”

By: Wednesday April 14, 2010 9:12 am

Thomas Ferguson is a professor of politics and economics at University of Massachusetts at Boston. The author of the “Investment Theory of Party Competition,” he believes that business elites, not voters, are the dominant force in political systems. Together with Joi Chen, he has released an analysis of the Brown/Coakley election, and concludes that the [...]

Failed Private Insurance Middlemen: Like Tumors, You’ve Got to Shrink Them or Cut Them Out

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 4:17 pm

Want to see into the future? Look at the ongoing fight over premium increases for policies on the Massachusetts Connector (exchange), and the effort by the state regulator to control prices, and you’ll get a glimpse–because the health care plan just put into law would effectively replicate the Massachusetts health care system in every state. [...]

Polling: House Bill More Popular Than Senate Bill in Swing Districts

By: Monday January 25, 2010 7:07 am

It’s not every day that the head of the DCCC takes on the President, the Senate and the entire Democratic leadership of the House to defy passage of their hand-crafted legislation on their signature issue. But Chris Van Hollen has said that the House will not pass the Senate bill without changes, as the Senate and the White House are demanding.

Why would the man charged with getting House Democrats elected in 2010 do such a thing?

How To Pay For Teacher Tax Fix: Savings From Public Option, Or New Taxes?

By: Wednesday January 20, 2010 8:25 am

Now that Martha Coakley has lost, it seems that there are only two paths to passing health care reform–and both use reconciliation. One path would be a new, redesigned bill passed using reconciliation. The other would be to force the House to pass the Senate bill as is. Given that the Senate bill is unlikely [...]

If Coakley Loses, Reconciliation Must Be Revived

By: Monday January 18, 2010 8:40 am

If Martha Coakley loses the special election for the Massachusetts Senate seat, the big question in Washington is what would happen to health care. It is clear the White House is pushing for the House to pass the Senate bill as is. For the moment, at least, the preferred Plan B would be to try [...]