Reasons to Lose Sleep over the Shutdown and Obamacare

By: 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.


Insurance Companies Are Monsters, So We Are Going to Force You to Use Them

By: 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.

Larry Summers: It Is Good That America Didn’t Adopt Single-Payer in the 70′s

By: 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:

We Are Still Radically Overcharged for Health Care

By: 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.

Contra the Deficit Scolds, We Can Keep Medicare and Medicaid Strong Simply By Keeping Them Intact

By: 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.

Post Election Deficit Deal Threatens Medicare and Social Security

By: 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.

Lakeside Diner

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Lakeside Diner

By: Monday August 6, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

Cost Shifting Leading to Lower Health Spending as Patients Forego Procedures

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 12:00 pm

David Wessel’s column today in the Wall Street Journal might be welcoming news if you wear a green eyeshade for a living. I don’t know why the rest of us should find it so encouraging: For the past couple of years, U.S. health-care spending has been growing at a surprisingly slow pace. A lot of [...]

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