Republicans Can Also Opt Out of Exchanges, Not Fund Federally Administered Ones

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 11:40 am

I believe that the ability for Republicans to undermine the Medicaid expansion in the health care law is really terrible, because this is one of the few unquestionably good parts of the legislation. But it’s worth noting that Republicans have plenty of opportunities to undermine the rest of the law too, even if they never get in the position to “repeal and replace.”


House Republican Version of Payroll Tax Legislation Littered with Poison Pills

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 9:20 am

As a condition for extending the payroll tax cuts, the House will likely try to jam the Senate by passing some conservative piece of legislation with a bare majority and then leaving town, leaving a bill that includes means testing Medicare, reversing the EPA boiler rule, shifting authority for Keystone XL and cutting Affordable Care Act funds.

Multiple States Pass Bills Defunding Planned Parenthood

By: Monday June 27, 2011 3:20 pm

Despite the struggles of the Great Recession and the need for jobs, Republican legislatures across the country have engaged in a concerted effort to legislate a woman’s right to choose. There is settled case law that abortion is a legal medical procedure in the United States, and yet several states have banned late-term abortions after 20 weeks, the so-called “fetal pain” bill, so far this year. This conflicts directly with the fetal viability standard ruled by the Supreme Court, and seems destined for a challenge.

Walker Threatens More Layoffs if Anti-Union Bill Not Implemented

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 3:37 pm

With the anti-union bill tied up in court, Scott Walker just isn’t getting the fiscal benefits he hoped would balance his budget from forcing municipalities to cut public-sector wages. So he’s back to threatening layoffs again.

Health Care Repeal Passes, Now the De-Funding Strategy Begins

By: Thursday January 20, 2011 6:09 am

Because Republicans have only a passing familiarity with reality, today they’ll begin to embark upon replacing health care with their own “free-market solutions.” Hysterically, they’re not even sure when the relevant committees will get around to it.

Republicans Plan to Use More Resolutions of Disapproval Next Year

By: Monday December 27, 2010 1:25 pm

The filibuster is essentially a dead procedural instrument walking. Democrats want to rein in its abuse, and Republicans want to use alternative legislative means like the Congressional Review Act that avoid a filibuster. It’s a matter of time before one side or the other bites the bullet and does away with it.

Looming Republican Blackmail over Debt Limit Is Beginning of Dangerous Process

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 7:00 am

The new Republican House is likely to run into a brick wall in the Senate on most issues. Sure, they’ll try to repeal the health care law, but would need 13 Democrats in the Senate to join them on that. But where Republicans will try to make headway is through the appropriations process.

McDonald’s Threat on Health Insurance Coverage Proves that Exchanges Will Be Bigger Than Expected

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 2:50 pm

My first reaction to this story about McDonald’s potentially dropping its health insurance coverage for employees was to ask myself, “McDonald’s offers health coverage to employees?” The answer is yes. They offer really bad health coverage.

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