Scalia Is Actually Right About Cornhusker Kickback

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 8:30 am

David Weigal and Steve Benen, along with many others, chose to criticize Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for allegedly not knowing what was in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, because Scalia brought up the “Cornhusker Kickback.”


On Contraceptive Coverage, It’s Not Up to Obama to Decide What is More “Catholic”

By: Saturday November 26, 2011 12:10 pm

The President seems unaware of the fact that Catholic disagreement with the ban on birth control goes far beyond the average Catholic lay-person. Some bishops, many priests, religious orders, theologians and church-related groups have publicly and privately disagreed with blanket prohibition of contraception. All of them, individuals and institutions, are free to follow their conscience on contraception and there is ample evidence that many of the very groups asking for an exemption from the new federal regulations have not followed church regulations religiously. Some within the organizations may agree with the ban, but not all, and none are required to do so.

Obama Backs Moving Up State Health Care Waiver to 2014

By: Monday February 28, 2011 9:30 am

The Wyden-Brown bill to move up the start date is critical to local innovation. As the law is currently designed, if a state wants to try an alternative they would need to go through all the work of setting up the new exchange system only to then repeat all the work and cost of setting up their new alternative just three years later, which is highly impractical.

Health Care Industry Still Big Donor to Congress – And Likely to Stay That Way

By: Monday February 7, 2011 12:35 pm

Even though it has been almost a year since health care reform was passed, the concerned industry groups are still donating millions to members of Congress.

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.

Obama Again Admits His Health Care Law Is Republican, Not Progressive

By: Monday November 8, 2010 9:36 am

It doesn’t matter what prominent Democrats were telling the base when they were trying to sell the vote. Just because a basically Republican health care law was passed by Democrats doesn’t make it some great progressive policy victory.

The Best of All Possible Worlds: Beltway Journos Use Sham Logic to Obscure Political Pain of Health Reform

By: Sunday October 31, 2010 4:00 pm

In the last few days, several bloggers – among them Jon Cohn and Ezra Klein — have written faulty defenses of the health care bill. They used theoretical, counterfactual alternatives in defense of the health care legislation they’ve supported, calling to mind Voltaire’s classic, Candide. In it, Voltaire heavily mocks the extreme optimism of Pangloss, who concludes all is good no matter how terrible things are because we live in “the best of all possible worlds.”

Despite Once-Secret Deals with Obama, Hospital Association Turns Against Democrats

By: Wednesday October 20, 2010 6:20 pm

During the 2009 push for health care reform, in scenes that conspiracy theorists usually have to imagine, the hospital industry sat down with White House officials and agreed to support the administration’s effort in exchange for Obama promising to protect their profits, which included a commitment to kill the public option. Yet, like any good mercenaries, the hospital association didn’t stay loyal for long. Their sweetheart deal is now law, and the political tide has turned. And so, the American Hospital Association PAC is now spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to help elect Republicans this November.

Health Care Industry Reminds Democrats Mercenaries Are Only in It for the Money

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 6:04 am

Democrats face a tough election and might lose control of one or both houses of Congress, and, not surprisingly, the drug makers have abandoned them. Dems are now left with a deeply unpopular health care law that does too little and fails to excite the base, while the corporate mercenaries have abandoned what looks like a losing battle.

Poll: 40% Believe Health Care Law Didn’t Go Far Enough

By: Monday September 27, 2010 7:00 am

“A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.”

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