The Rest of the World Still Has Plenty of People Who Want to be Doctors

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 12:36 pm

For the most part I found this very long Time article by Steven Brill about the problems with American health care cost to be interesting. It did correctly highlight that the biggest problem is that Americans are overcharged for almost everything related to medicine, but I was thrown off by his bizarre insistence this doesn’t [...]

Supreme Court Would Not Find a Reason to Strike Down Single Payer

By: Monday April 2, 2012 9:05 am

Over at the New York Magazine Jonathan Chait is arguing that if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act due to the individual mandate, then we can’t count on single payer fixing the situation, because the Court would probably just make up a reason to strike down Medicare for All. But here’s the [...]

Reminder: No One Disputes the Legality of Single Payer

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 1:09 pm

With the Supreme Court arguing the legality of the Affordable Care Act, it is a good time to remember that almost nobody disputes that single payer, such as Medicare for All, would be undoubtedly constitutional. Even Michael Carvin, one of the lead lawyers arguing (for the non-state private opponents) that the individual mandate is unconstitutional [...]

Sen. Johnson’s Weird Petty Lies about Liberals and Health Care

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 7:40 am

I’ve long since stopped being shocked by Republicans being allowed to publicly promote outright lies to advance their agenda, but the incredible pettiness of this lie by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) stands out.  It’s his claim about what “the left” want for health care that really annoyed me. From his Wall Street Journal op ed: [...]

Americans Want Bigger Role for Government in Health Care

By: Monday November 7, 2011 1:32 pm

The American people prefer a bigger government that provides more health care services according to a new poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Only 37 percent of Americans would prefer a smaller government that provided fewer health services, while a majority, 52 percent, said they would prefer a larger government that provided more health [...]

Yes, Medicare for All is the Best way to Radically Shrink the Deficit

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 9:08 am

The only thing worse than Washington being foolishly swept up in unnecessary deficit hysteria when our political leaders should be focused on jobs, is that all these so called “deficit hawks” entirely ignore the actual best solutions to shrink our long term deficit. That is why it is encouraging to see more regular exposure of [...]

Actually Sen. Lieberman, We Should Be Expanding Medicare

By: Monday June 13, 2011 10:56 am

The oft confused Sen. Lieberman gets taken to the woodshed by Nobel winner Paul Krugman. It turns out that the best way to hold down costs is not to cut Medicare but expand it.

Peterson Foundation Proposals From the Roosevelt Institute, CAP and EPI Abandon Progressive Policy

By: Monday June 6, 2011 9:43 am

On an international level I would go so far as to say these three liberal health care plans are all significantly to the right of basically even center-right party in the rest of the industrialized world on health care. “Tort reform” gets more play than single payer. If these constitute the “left flank” of the political discussion around the pressing issue of health care costs in America, we as a country are screwed.

Actuaries Asked About Alternatives to Health Law’s Individual Mandate

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 9:56 am

With the individual mandate unpopular with even among the minority that actually favors the new health care law, it is no surprise that, according to the Politco Pulse, everyone in Washington is asking the American Academy of Actuaries about possible alternatives: Members of the American Academy of Actuaries, in town for Hill and agency meetings, [...]

The Boring Centrist Confessions of a Radical Progressive

By: Monday February 7, 2011 5:45 am

I, along with much of FDL, am often painted by both the media and the Obama administration as on the outer-left-wing of political thought—a group of progressive extremists well outside the mainstream. The reality is both far more boring and sad. Recent polling has caused me to go issue by issue to examine public support [...]