Udall and Wyden Question NSA Head’s Defense of Surveillance Programs

By: Friday June 14, 2013 10:16 am

It appears Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper may not be alone in misleading Congress during official testimony about NSA surveillance programs. Earlier this week the head of the NSA, Keith Alexander, testified that these programs help stop “dozens” of terrorist attack. Apparently, this might not be the most truthful answer. Sen. Mark Udall [...]

Clapper’s Lie to Congress was Prepared in Advance

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 9:19 am

Apparently, when Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper misled Congress it wasn’t simply the case of providing an inarticulate answer to a surprise question. Senator Ron Wyden let it be known today that he not only told Clapper in advance that he would ask the question about domestic surveillance, but even give Clapper a [...]

Sen. Wyden Tries to Defend Giving Republicans Cover on Medicare

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 9:36 am

To coincide with Paul Ryan’s release of the House Republican budget, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) put an op-ed up in the Huffington Post to defend creating the Wyden-Ryan Medicare proposal.  That proposal has allowed Ryan to claim there is “bipartisan support” for his budget proposals. Those who say they support Wyden-Ryan simply for political cover [...]

Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Turning Medicare Into Voucher Program

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 10:33 am

The American people love their Medicare and overwhelmingly oppose the idea of turning it into a voucher program or a premium support system. From the Kaiser Family Foundation poll: In Kaiser’s February tracking survey, 70 percent of Americans say “Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government guaranteeing seniors health insurance and making [...]

How Republicans Indirectly Got Liberals To Point Out Flaws Behind Obamacare

By: Wednesday January 11, 2012 7:30 am

Many of the design principles for the insurance market exchanges in the Affordable Care Act were based on unproven, discredited, and frankly absurd conservative notions about the economagic of free markets.  But too many liberals refused to acknowledge this. During the height of the debate on the ACA, the inherently conservative and flawed nature of [...]

White House Comes Out Against Wyden-Ryan Plan to Worsen Medicare

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 10:56 am

The White House has rather swiftly and strongly come out against the Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan to make Medicare worse. From the Huffington Post: “We are concerned that Wyden-Ryan, like Congressman Ryan’s earlier proposal, would undermine, rather than strengthen, Medicare,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer. “The Wyden-Ryan scheme [...]

Ron Wyden Joins Paul Ryan in Push to Make Medicare Worse

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 9:48 am

This is a deeply disappointing move by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). He has joined with Paul Ryan (R-WI) to push for a bipartisan “reform” of Medicare, but like every recent plan for Medicare the word “reform” just means “make it worse” for regular Americans. While it is almost impossible to fully judge the proposal because [...]

Obama, GOP Rip Copper Plumbing from “Starter Home” Health Care Law

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 7:47 am

When health care reform was first passed, elected Democrats told progressives not to worry about how bad the bill actually was because it would serve only as a “starter home” that would be improved on later. Since then, however, several changes have been or will be signed into law by President Obama, all of which [...]

Obama Backs Moving Up State Health Care Waiver to 2014

By: Monday February 28, 2011 9:23 am

For the first time, President Obama has backed moving the new health care law’s waiver for state innovation from 2017 to 2014, when most parts of the affordable care act go into effect. From the New York Times: Senior administration officials said Mr. Obama would reveal to the National Governors Association in a speech on [...]

CO-OP Advisory Board Holds First Public Meeting: Success Seems Unlikely

By: Friday January 14, 2011 5:03 pm

While co-ops were once proposed as a possible alternative to the public option, the idea failed to gain public traction outside of the offices of Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR). Yet, like some sort of legislative vestigial organ, the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) was never removed from the final [...]

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