Jonathan Cohn Rewrites History for Jonathan Gruber

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:49 am

This defense of Jonathan Gruber in the New Republic simply doesn’t fit with what actually happened. First, Jonathan Cohn claims Gruber never hid his conflict of interest while pretending to be an outside expert in media interviews. At the same time this was happening, reporters like me were constantly seeking interpretation of the policy process [...]

Reid Shows We Could Have Gotten Immigration Reform, a Second Stimulus, Public Option, Etc

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 10:39 am

History was just made in the Senate, but it happened so fast you might have missed it. After finally getting tired of Republican’s unprecedented filibustering of judicial nominees the Democrats used the nuclear option. They have officially gotten rid of filibuster for nominees and are now approving them with simply majority vote. The entire thing [...]

How Would a Progressive Fix Obamacare?

By: Monday November 18, 2013 8:31 am

When people find out I was never a fan of Affordable Care Act, I’m often asked how I would fix it. In my ideal world I wouldn’t since I consider the structure inherently bad. If I were emperor I would completely replace it with a plan to steadily move the country to single payer. I [...]

Rate Shock Was a Policy Choice Made by Democrats

By: Friday November 15, 2013 9:22 am

There are two reasons Obama’s “you can keep your insurance” promise has become such a big political problem for Democrats. The first is that is was lie, and people don’t like being lied to. This wouldn’t be as big a deal though if it was only technically a lie. If almost every person in the [...]

Buying Insurance Is Complicated, That Is Why I Wanted at Least a Public Option

By: Friday November 15, 2013 8:52 am

It was only in the past few weeks President Obama finally realized that buying insurance is inherently complicated and his signature law’s exchanges can’t make it simple. This is, of course, one of the many reasons I thought having (at least) a public option was so important. Given what my job is I have had [...]

CBO Reminder: Public Option Would Significantly Reduce Premiums and the Deficit

By: Friday November 15, 2013 7:02 am

The Congressional Budget Office this week put out their list of provisions that would reduce the deficit and one big one is a strong public option. The CBO found that a public option based on Medicare would reduce the deficit by $158 billion through reduced spending and increased revenue. The reason a public option would [...]

Public Option Revisionist History

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 12:05 am

Thom Hartmann is engaging in some serious revisionist history by trying to claim conservatives are the ones who killed the public option. From his piece in Salon: Hannity himself was blown away and immediately noted that Luntz made “a great point” and that from then on Hannity himself would use the term “government option.” A [...]

Obama’s Credibility Problem

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 10:38 am

It would appear the basis of Obama’s legislative tactics has been to try to be too clever by half. Instead of directly going out stating his preferred position and accepting/rejecting whatever compromise could be reached, Obama seems to have always thought he could get more through subterfuge.

An Exchange Without Any Plans: If Only There Was a Public Option, Part 2,134

By: Tuesday July 2, 2013 7:09 am

Apparently, there is something worse than a new health insurance marketplace with only one plan and zero competition. It is an exchange without any plans on it at all. It looks like that will be the reality in much of Mississippi. From Kaiser Health News: Tens of thousands of uninsured residents in the poorest and [...]

The Public Option “Alternatives” Are Proving to be Mostly Worthless

By: Monday June 24, 2013 8:17 am

When Democrats killed the public option several attempts were made to create face saving “alternatives.” Two alternatives actually made it into the Affordable Care Act, the CO-OP provision and “multi-state plans” overseen by the Office of Personal Management. As the law is set to be implemented it is growing abundantly clear neither will provide much [...]