Happy to allow a debate on birth control in 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will give Republicans a vote on an amendment to the surface transportation bill authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), known as the “Freedom of Conscience” amendment.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 15, 2012 8:20 am|
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 8, 2012 10:30 am|
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has reportedly rejected a proposed compromise with the Obama Administration on birth control access rules for religiously affiliated institutions. Under the “Hawaii compromise” any exempt religious organization would have to tell enrollees how they could directly access contraceptive services from their insurance company. But advocates of ensured access don’t want to force employees to beg their employers for a right they should have.
|By: David Dayen Friday January 20, 2012 11:05 am|
Many health care plans cover Viagra. Now, at least, they will cover birth control pills to the same extent.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 7, 2011 2:10 pm|
Mitt Romney’s Medicare “reform” proposal is a takeoff on Paul Ryan’s voucher flim flam, shifting costs to more seniors and raising average costs for everyone. He claims to provide more choice, but seniors can already choose between straight Medicare and private insurance Medicare Advantage.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 25, 2011 12:45 pm|
It’s sad that it took the demise of the CLASS Act for the media to take notice that the problem the measure was trying to solve, long-term care, is both serious and growing.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 24, 2011 6:00 pm|
Michele Bachmann told a crowd over the weekend that Americans can rely on charitable organizations if they cannot afford health care. I actually saw evidence of this over the weekend in Los Angeles. But even this charitable foundation understands that there is no substitute for getting Americans enrolled in some mechanism that can get them the continuing care everyone in this country needs.
|By: David Dayen Friday October 14, 2011 2:00 pm|
The Obama Administration announced that they will not implement the CLASS Act, a voluntary long-term care insurance program that was a key priority of the late Ted Kennedy, and which was instituted as part of the Affordable Care Act.
|By: David Dayen Sunday September 25, 2011 6:45 am|
The CLASS Act was inserted into the Affordable Care Act as a sort of tribute to the late Ted Kennedy, the bill’s longtime champion. It enacts a federal long-term care insurance program, a kind of public option for long-term care. The Obama Administration, emails now show, didn’t like it from the beginning. And now, there are signs that they may not put it into practice.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 16, 2011 2:35 pm|
Susan Grigsby of Twenty Nine Palms, California, recounts the story of her brother dying of cancer while lacking insurance.
As Susan says in the video, her real scorn was reserved for the candidates on stage who want to be President saying nothing when a crowd cheered on the notion of allowing people to die, essentially because of their financial status.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 29, 2011 2:59 pm|
Just to get back to this drive for regulatory reform that you’ll see from the House GOP over the next several months, with spending de-emphasized, take a look at Eric Cantor’s memo on the upcoming agenda from the chamber. About 80% of it concerns repealing “job-destroying regulations,” which suddenly have become the core reason for the lack of jobs. I thought it was all about runaway spending, but I guess that was last week.