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.
|By: danps Saturday December 21, 2013 11:52 am|
|By: Anti-Capitalist Meetup 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.
|By: dakine01 Sunday December 1, 2013 4:00 pm|
Whoever authored this editorial thinks military members are not “sacrificing” enough so pay and benefits need to be “on the table.” As I looked through the short bios of the various members of the Editorial Board, it is fairly obvious that few if any of them have actually had much experience of military life beyond the obligatory “I support the Troops” or “Thank you for your service” they may have uttered in an airport somewhere.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 18, 2013 9:52 am|
If I’m asked to simply improve the law, the task become more complicated since you are working from such a stupid foundation. There are, though, six big changes I think would make it noticeably better:
|By: Scott McLarty Sunday October 6, 2013 6:40 pm|
If we lose sleep during the government shutdown, I hope it’s because we’re pondering ways to surpass the Tea Party in asserting our own political power.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 17, 2013 8:20 am|
Some on the left have placed the blame for the Affordable Care Act’s continuing unpopularity on the steady opposition of Republicans. While there is no doubt Republican tactics have hurt support for the law, this doesn’t change the fact that the Obama administration has always done a horrific job selling it.
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 15, 2013 7:35 am|
In an op-ed about gridlock former Obama adviser Larry Summers actually said it was a good thing the United States didn’t adopt a universal single-payer health care system decades ago. From Summers’s op-ed:
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 26, 2013 5:53 pm|
The International Federation of Health Plans is out with their new comparative price report for 2012 and it again shows the United States radically overpays for basic every health care service relative to any other first-world country.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 28, 2012 3:16 pm|
This diatribe bestowed upon Rep. Raul Grijalva on CNBC, which has become Fiscal Cliff TV, is really priceless, with the anchor accusing Grijalva of tanking the market because he refuses to cut benefits for poor people and seniors. The means testing angle is really a joke here, too. Medicare is already means-tested. To means-test it more, in a way that will actually capture enough revenue to matter, you would have to dip into the middle class to make the math work. Similarly, this idea that this is the “wealthiest generation of retirees in history,” when they just suffered a financial crisis and the stripping of their wealth right before their retirements, is ridiculous.
In reality, we cannot be secure enough in the long-term projections about Medicare and Medicaid to take a hacksaw to the benefits today.
|By: Kay Tillow Sunday October 7, 2012 8:35 am|
After the November election, there will be a major effort in Congress to pass a budget deal that will make cuts in Social Security, raise the Medicare and Social Security eligibility age, and perhaps more–unless we act to stop it with a solution that is close at hand.
There is agreement from the Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel to liberal economists Dean Baker and Paul Krugman that the pressure will be on to reach a Simpson/Bowles type of compromise. Such a bipartisan plan would damage our most cherished programs and excuse the dastardly deed by asserting that the cuts are small and necessary because of the deficit.