The Problem Is That Overall ObamaCare Is a Terrible Deal

By: Monday February 11, 2013 10:18 am

Ben Smith has made a splash at Buzzfeed pointing out that the age-rating regulation in the ObamaCare bill will result in a subset of young people paying substantially more for health insurance. Since older people can only be charged three times as much as young people, some young people will see big rate increases next [...]

Obama’s Defenders Agree: Health Care Law About as Conservative as “Reform” Could Be

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 7:47 am

It is nice to see both Paul Krugman and Matt Yglesias openly admitting that the Affordable Care Act is about as right-wing any insurance coverage expansion “reform” could be. From Yglesias’s The Sensible Conservative Alternative To The Affordable Care Act Is The Affordable Care Act: If you simply do what Ponnuru and Levin propose, every [...]

Ryan and Obama Plans Share Unworkable Gimmick for Capping Health Care Inflation

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 5:45 pm

Not only is Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan using basically the same general premium-supported exchange design that Obama’s health care revision does for the uninsured under 65, but both Ryan’s budget and “Obamacare” are nearly totally reliant on almost the same pathetic accounting trick of using poorly indexed caps on federal health care spending [...]

Corporations Throwing Politicians Expensive Parties – How Is This Not Criminal Corruption?

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 12:56 pm

It appears many of the most important corporate special interest groups in Texas are going to throw a super-awesome party for Gov. Rick Perry and his friends. Via Matt Yglesias from the Dallas News: The Republican governor and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst were the featured attraction Monday night at an invitation-only soiree for donors giving as [...]

Axelrod Stabs Rahm, Runs from Wreckage of Health Care Bill

By: Monday September 27, 2010 8:41 am

Noam Scheiber writes a lengthy portrait of David Axelrod in the latest issue of the New Republic.  Axelrod is apparently not having fun, bemoaning Washington DC as place where “too many people spend too much time kneecapping each other to certify their own importance.” Axelrod likes to aim a little higher apparently, because he then [...]

Glenn Greenwald on the “Mindless Tribalism” of the Left

By: Monday May 10, 2010 9:00 am

Glenn Greenwald on the “mindless tribalism” that has deflated meaningful liberal advocacy with regard to Obama’s supreme court nominee: Perhaps most revealing of all: a new article in The Daily Caller reports on growing criticisms of Kagan among “liberal legal scholars and experts” (with a focus on the work I’ve been doing), and it quotes the progressive [...]

What Matt Yglesias Leaves Out of His Analysis: His Own Role

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 12:01 pm

Matt Yglesias analyzes the “failure of the progressive block strategy,” and chalks it up to progressives not picking issues that “centrists” care about. He doesn’t note his own role in that failure, vilifying the leader of the progressive block Raul Grijalva as “the world’s greatest monster” unless he backs down. (Our own whip effort started [...]