High Cost Is Still Number One Thing Keeping People From Getting Health Care Coverage

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 11:45 am

The main reason that more uninsured haven’t signed up so far is it’s still too expensive e,ven under the Affordable Care Act.

 

Top 1% Getting 99% Taxpayers To Insure Their Beach Houses From Climate Change Losses

By: Monday February 24, 2014 1:34 pm

When kings make risky bets it is the serfs who pay. According to NBC News the plutocrats have successfully gotten the federal government to make taxpayers liable for the consequences of increasingly likely floods on expensive waterfront homes. The 99% can now not only look in wonder at the ornate plush homes on the beaches, they can underwrite them.

Iron Kay — Insurance Companies Pick Fight With Wrong Family

By: Friday February 7, 2014 4:50 pm

Dan Shea’s Aunt Kay was 83, vibrant and healthy in 2011, when she suffered terrible injuries in a head-on accident. Kay spent five months in the hospital rehabilitating and being repaired with so many metal parts that the family dubbed her “Iron Kay.”

Then the real fight began.

Wisconsin Budget Compounds the Economic Challenges for Low-Wage Workers

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 12:30 pm

Workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must still cope with a relatively weak labor market.  That is especially challenging for low-wage workers who are struggling with the declining value of the minimum wage, reductions in employer benefits like health care, and growing inequality. Those challenges are exacerbated in Wisconsin by budget decisions made by state lawmakers.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Eric John Abrahamson, Building Home: Howard F. Ahmanson and the Politics of the American Dream

By: Saturday August 17, 2013 1:59 pm

Are you old enough to remember when Masters of the Universe actually felt the need to give back? Can you remember the days when regulations were seen as good things? When the phrase “consumer protection” was used by someone other than Elizabeth Warren? If you’re too young to remember what the world was like when we had decades of prosperity and relative economic fairness in the “managed economy”, or if you want to take stroll down memory lane, back to the days of economic regulation, you may want to crack the spine on this book.

Top Ten Reasons California Newspapers Say We Should Vote No on Prop 33

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 5:20 am

Consumer Watchdog Campaign today compiled ten of the most compelling reasons Californians should vote NO on Proposition 33, as reported by newspapers and editorial boards across the state.

The Policy Implications if Only the Mandate Is Struck Down

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 7:30 am

In the very near future the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. One likely outcome is the court strikes down the individual mandate but leaves the rest of the law intact.

Here is what eliminating just the mandate would actually mean for policy.

The Sound of Silence: Catholic Hierarchy’s Lack of Response to Abuse of Women by “Project Prevention”

By: Friday June 8, 2012 11:30 am

Recently, an all-Catholic coalition of 43 dioceses, hospitals, church agencies, schools and other religious-owned or operated but public entities filed a dozen separate lawsuits against the Obama administration, protesting the requirement that insurance plans covering secular employees include contraceptive services. These lawsuits follow on the heels of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ high-profile attacks on nuns and Girl Scouts.

What I find as interesting as who Catholic leaders have chosen to attack is when they choose to be silent.

Radical Tea Party GOPers Reject Even Conservative Health Care Exchanges

By: Saturday March 10, 2012 1:30 pm

If you believe that non-mandated markets for purchasing private insurance are the true conservative approach for health care, then it’s incoherent to oppose them merely because Romney and Obama agreed with you about exchanges. And it’s unreasonable to believe the Supremes will strike down the exchange provisions even if they don’t like the mandate.

The Contraception First Amendment Fight Is Not About Freedom of Religion

By: Friday February 10, 2012 8:08 am

It is the Catholic Bishops and the GOP politicians exploiting this who are pressing to have government violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. And that’s the real Constitutional violation at stake here.

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