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 [...]

White House Negotiations Fail to Disarm GOP or Free Hostage Dems

By: Monday December 6, 2010 5:59 pm

The United States government has a general policy against paying ransom for a hostage. This is not because paying ransoms is an ineffective policy. Most hostage takers would be happy to return the hostage for money, so as a short-term solution, it does work. The problem is, long term, paying ransom just encourages many more [...]

Wyden, Brown Head Bipartisan Effort to Move Up Start Date for State Health Plan Innovation

By: Thursday November 18, 2010 9:03 am

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Scott Brown (R-MA) have introduced a two-page bill to reform the new health care law that would given states more flexibility in trying alternatives health care systems by moving up the start date from 2017 to 2014. While their legislation would basically change only one word in the Patient Protection [...]

Filibuster Making Speaker’s Job a Joke; Pelosi Finally Calls for End to “60-Vote Stranglehold on the Future”

By: Friday July 2, 2010 12:58 pm

It is good to see Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is vigorously calling for an end to the filibuster. From Ryan Grim at Huffington Post: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some advice for her Senate counterparts: Try majority rule for a change. Pelosi, in an interview with the Huffington Post, called for an end [...]

Declining Home Values, the Massachusetts Vote and the “Gathering Storm”

By: Wednesday April 14, 2010 9:12 am

Thomas Ferguson is a professor of politics and economics at University of Massachusetts at Boston. The author of the “Investment Theory of Party Competition,” he believes that business elites, not voters, are the dominant force in political systems. Together with Joi Chen, he has released an analysis of the Brown/Coakley election, and concludes that the [...]

If You Run On Republican Obstructionism, You Will Lose

By: Wednesday January 20, 2010 6:02 am

Let me put this as simply as possible. Democrats control everything in Washington right now. They control the White House. They have a huge margins in the House and in the Senate. Democrats have larger margins in both chambers than any party has had for decades. They have zero excuses for failing to deliver. Americans [...]

If Coakley Loses, Reconciliation Must Be Revived

By: Monday January 18, 2010 8:40 am

If Martha Coakley loses the special election for the Massachusetts Senate seat, the big question in Washington is what would happen to health care. It is clear the White House is pushing for the House to pass the Senate bill as is. For the moment, at least, the preferred Plan B would be to try [...]