Maintaining Nuclear Arsenal to Cost $355 Billion

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 10:42 am

As unemployment benefits are set to expire Saturday for 1.3 million Americans the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced an estimate for the costs of maintaining and modernizing America’s doomsday weapons – $355 billion.

Many Complaints About Obamacare Are Actually Complaints About America’s Health Care System

By: Saturday December 21, 2013 11:52 am

Here is an interesting thing about the new health care law: News stories on it sometimes conflate flaws in the existing system with those in the new one. Many complaints about Obamacare are actually complaints about America’s health care system.

“Separate but Equal” Shuts Down Women’s Health Care

By: Sunday December 1, 2013 5:20 pm

This week has a certain nostalgia for me. I am working the last four shifts in my home, Humboldt County. Nestled between pristine redwoods and dramatic cliffs overlooking the west coast of California, I want to stay here, but cannot. I am feeling the full force of the United States health care crisis. In the four years I have worked here eight of ten obstetricians in the southern half of the county have left, and now I find I am one of them.

President Obama Takes Responsibility For Obamacare Failures, Offers Controversial Fix

By: Friday November 15, 2013 6:40 am

In a press conference yesterday President Obama acknowledged the substantial problems with the healthcare.gov website and the loss of people’s insurance plans as “on me.” The admission comes shortly after a full apology for promising the American people they could keep their health insurance plans when Obama knew that would not be the case.

CBO Now Finds Raising the Medicare Age Would Save Very Little Money

By: Friday October 25, 2013 4:00 pm

This is good news for Medicare and the American people. Raising the Medicare age was one of the worst policy ideas ever seriously discussed in recent years. It would raise premiums for millions of Americans across all age groups and increase the number uninsured seniors.

Harry Reid Says No ‘Grand Bargain’ Coming, Van Hollen Remains Open

By: Friday October 25, 2013 7:35 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, speaking on Nevada Public Radio, let it be known that there is not going to be a “Grand Bargain”. While the Senate bill that ended the shutdown seemed to open the door for a deal that would cut Social Security and Medicare, Reid was adamant that was not going to be the case.

Grand Bargain Circus – Red Clowns Wrangle

By: Friday October 11, 2013 2:00 pm

Greetings Circus fans! Welcome back to the Circus that, like rust, never sleeps. For the past couple of days the red clowns have separated into rival gang factions to fight out their final strategery. Watching clowns enter into public backbiting and recriminations is always amusing for the audience and the pie has been flying.

Talks Begin on Debt Ceiling and Shutdown

By: Friday October 11, 2013 6:36 am

Yesterday House Republican leaders met with President Obama at the White House to begin discussing a deal on raising the debt ceiling and ending the government shutdown. The initial proposal by Speaker Boehner to grant a six-week extension on US borrowing authority was rejected by Obama. Apparently the ‘Grand Bargain’ is back.

Economic Confidence Craters as Shutdown, Income Stagnation, and Poverty Roil Americans

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 2:09 pm

We are now in day 8 of the federal shutdown and it seems Americans are rapidly losing faith that the powers that be can turn the economy around. Confidence in the economy has deteriorated more in the past week than in any week since Lehman Brothers collapsed on Sept. 15, 2008.

Speaker Boehner Telling Colleagues ‘Grand Bargain’ Back in Play

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 8:18 am

The end result of the shutdown could be not only a victory for extortion tactics by the minority party, but also long lasting damage to the safety net with cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Speaker John Boehner is telling his Republican colleagues that negotiations are taking place behind the scenes on the so-called ‘Grand Bargain’.

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