Health Care Reform: Eight Alternatives to this Individual Mandate

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 2:13 pm

Now that federal judge Henry Hudson has just struck down the individual mandate in the new health care law, the case will likely end up before the Supreme Court. While I suspect, in the end, the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision will be upheld, this individual mandate is not critical. There are many alternative [...]

Gibbs Says Single Payer Supporters on Drugs; Was Obama Using in 2003?

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 12:17 pm

President Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, decided to attack single payer health care, a system used very effectively in many first world countries, as some wacky, crazy idea.

Progressives Shouldn’t Defend the Individual Mandate: The Difference Between Ideology and Blind Partisan Defense

By: Friday August 6, 2010 4:29 pm

Since the big victory for Prop C in Missouri, I’ve seen several “progressives” rush to defend the individual mandate that requires individuals to buy private insurance. I find such action indefensible for individuals who call themselves progressives. At most, progressives should think of the individual mandate to buy poorly regulated private health insurance as a highly suboptimal solution to expanding coverage. The mandate is neither good politics nor good policy. Defending it strikes me as nothing more than a reflective defense of the Democratic party masquerading as progressivism.

Dissecting Obama’s Health Care Statement

By: Thursday January 28, 2010 8:59 am

In last night’s State of the Union address, Obama only touched on health care reform briefly. He made it clear he wants something done, but left Democrats scratching their heads about what the path forward should be. Some thoughts: Now let’s be clear – I did not choose to tackle this issue to get some [...]

Removing The Individual Mandate Would Reduce The CBO Score

By: Monday December 21, 2009 7:04 am

I’ve spent all year immersed in health care policy. It is unfortunate to see some of my arguments criticized based on a complete lack of understanding of the subject matter. Nate Silver attacked my suggestion of removing the individual mandate because he claimed it would increase the CBO score: Why? Because such a bill, with [...]

Thursday Health Care Highlights

By: Thursday December 10, 2009 5:45 pm

It is becoming clear that Reid’s “deal” was not really a deal so much as the vague outline of what could be a deal. Add to that that it now looks like this vague outline still will not get 60 votes. The “deal” would give Joe Lieberman’s committee the power to regulate health insurance. Jane [...]

Pelosi Abandons Public Option, Grijalva Says He’ll Vote “No”

By: Thursday December 10, 2009 10:30 am

We thank Representative Grijalva for his strong leadership throughout this fight. If Nancy Pelosi tries to pass a bill without a public option, we will be thanking him and those who stick by him with a fundraiser and GOTV efforts in their districts during the next election.

For those who decide that it’s in the best interest of their communities to vote for a bill that has insurance lobbyists crowing “we win,” we’ll be recruiting and supporting challengers against them who embrace Medicare for All.

They can’t represent WellPoint to the detriment of their constituents and hold a strong Democratic seat uncontested.

Mike Ross Being Super Unhelpful (Again)

By: Friday October 16, 2009 9:05 am

The Hill is reporting that Mike Ross is “suggesting” opening Medicare to all: Ross (D-Ark.), who had emerged as a leader among centrist Blue Dog Democrats opposing the public health insurance option, has suggested something his colleagues consider even more drastic – opening Medicare to those under 65 without insurance. Sounds like a dramatic about [...]