The Perverse Way More Exchange Competition Could Leave Some People Worse Off

By: Monday November 24, 2014 10:14 am

The goal of the Affordable Care Act exchanges was to encourage competition among private insurers, but ironically attracting more competition could leave many people the exchanges were designed to help the worst off. To understand why you need to know a few things about the structure of the law, the complexity of selecting a policy, and human nature.


The Exchange Subsidy Cliff

By: Wednesday December 4, 2013 10:29 am

Looking ahead the design of the law has several glaring issues that should start to become more apparent as people actually use the law. One of the most problematic and frankly stupid is the exchange subsidy cliff.

A Truly Simplified Tax Code Is Incompatible With the Main Goals of Washington

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 9:50 am

It is time for people in Washington to acknowledge it is impossible to get a truly simplified tax code in this current political climate. It is simply inconsistent with the other driving ideological preferences in Washington, which includes the idea of very low federal “spending”, low taxes, and a Congress that plays an active role in setting policy. It is possible to fulfill two or three of these goals at once, but not all four.

President Obama’s new budget is a prefect example of how a truly simple tax code is incompatible with the top goals of the two parties. The overview calls for making the “tax code more simple and fair” by closing tax loopholes. Yet, just a few lines later it calls for multiple new tax incentives to promote several proposals.

Dear Mr. President: Why Should Vets Get Job Subsidies, But Not Laid Off Teachers?

By: Friday August 5, 2011 12:30 pm

Let us consider who else might be looking for jobs today. Today’s jobs report, the President reminded us, showed the private sector added over 150,000 new jobs, but that was offset by state and local governments laying off another 30,000 government employees. Those public sector layoffs have been occurring for months, and it looks like that layoff average will continue for another year or two.

Deficit Hawk Drums Drown Out Cries Of Jobless

By: Tuesday April 26, 2011 4:42 pm

Notice how all but one of those tax credits are geared towards and most affect your average working people? Nothing about all the corporate tax credits. I’m a bit too lazy to go do all the research for this but I’d make a WAG that the reason the corporate tax credits aren’t showing is because they are all broken down to the lowest level possible, most likely by industry. Far easier to keep things looking smaller to say “Oil Industry Tax Credits” or “Technology Tax Credits” rather than just to say “Corporate Tax Credits” – makes them look far smaller than the dastardly Earned Income Tax Credit or Mortgage Interest deduction.

Late Night: Pouting Baby Doesn’t Understand Why Little Melting Jeff Won’t Let GE Pay Taxes

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 8:00 pm

I don’t understand why Little Melting Jeff is so mean to our government. His company made $14 billion last year, but they won’t give any of that money to the government. Companies like Little Melting Jeff’s are a big reason why our government doesn’t have enough money.

Ezra Klein’s New, Strange, and Wholly Incorrect Defense of the Individual Mandate

By: Friday December 18, 2009 1:10 pm

Ezra Klein has a new, strange, and incorrect defense of the individual mandate in the Senate bill. The argument simply does not fit with the language in the bill, and is pure nonsense. Progressives need to use their leverage for better reforms down the road, laying a strategy for “fixing it later.”

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