Lifetime Appointments Are a Horrible Idea

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 9:23 am

Since everyone is talking about the Supreme Court today it is worth highlighting another one of the many structural problems with our Constitution. The practice of lifetime appointments to any position of power is truly insane. I understand the logic behind it. Our justices are supposed to be removed from regular politicians and our court [...]

Marriage Equality is Inevitable

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 7:48 am

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on same-sex marriage today; but regardless how they rule, the simple fact is marriage equality is inevitable. The trend in support clearly has been heading in the right direct for the past decade. From Pew Research: Even more important than the trend line is the demographic breakdown of the [...]

California Voters Overwhelmingly Support Marriage Equality

By: Friday March 1, 2013 7:18 am

If Proposition 8 were put back on the ballot today in California it would be defeated easily. A new Field Poll finds that there has been a significant shift in public opinion about same-sex marriage over the past four years. The poll found California voters now support marriage equality by a two-to-one margin. Field Poll [...]

GOP Slow Accepting Obamacare Is Here to Stay

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 8:09 am

Something remarkable happened yesterday. Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) decided to endorse using the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid in his state. Though he did this only after getting the administration to provide a major concession regarding how the program would be run. This is an important policy development because it means roughly a [...]

Gene Sperling: Medicaid Is Safe, Medicare Is Not

By: Friday February 1, 2013 9:31 am

The one upside to the Supreme Court making the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act optional is that it has stopped the Obama administration from trying to cut it. Senior economic adviser Gene Sperling confirmed that the administration sees taking Medicaid completely of the table as necessary to make Obamacare function; but since President [...]

The US Supreme Court Won’t Destroy the World Economy

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 7:52 am

Ultimately it is the Supreme Court who decides the legality of unilateral ways to avoid the debt limit, be it with a platinum coin, invoking the 14th Amendment, or moral obligation coupons. But the only way the Supreme Court could end up ruling on one of these actions is if President Obama actually uses one to avoid the looming crisis, then someone with standing sued him, and the Court decided to take the case.

How the Supreme Court Indirectly Protected Medicaid from Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 12:49 pm

The Supreme Court’s decision to make the Medicaid expansion option may have indirectly protected the program from cuts during the current fiscal cliff negotiations.

Medicaid Expansion Is Not a Political Slam Dunk in the States

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:07 am

Even after the Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act must be truly optional for the states, the Medicaid expansion provision in general remains very popular. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll 67 percent of Americans hold a favorable opinion of the provision in the Affordable Care Act [...]

CBO: Supreme Court ACA Ruling Could Result in 3-4 Million Fewer Gaining Coverage

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 12:16 pm

The Congressional Budget Office now estimates that roughly four million fewer Americans will likely gain insurance coverage in 2014 and three million fewer in 2022 as a result of the Supreme Court ruling. Most of the drop in coverage will be the result of states exercising their option to not expand Medicaid. In previous estimates [...]

Plurality in Arkansas Don’t Want Medicaid to be Expanded

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 8:07 am

Since the Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act is voluntary for states, several Republican state governors have made it clear they will not take part. Many liberals claim that popular support and lobbying pressure will eventually force these governors to relent, but that may not be the case. The [...]

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