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Entries by Robert Reich from 08/2009

How the White House's Deal With Big Pharma Undermines Democracy

| Posted 08.11.2009 | Politics

I'm a strong supporter of universal health insurance, and a fan of the Obama administration. But I'm appalled by the deal the White House has made with the pharmaceutical industry's lobbying arm to buy their support.

How to Fight Healthcare Fearmongers and Demagogues

| Posted 08.12.2009 | Politics

Obama's health care problem is that the legislation is still in the works. It's always easier to stir up fear and anger against something that's amorphous than it is to stir up enthusiasm for it.

How Tough is Our President?

| Posted 08.18.2009 | Politics

The widening gap between admiration for Obama and cynicism about his policies reinforces passivity in his base, which makes it even harder to advance a specific agenda like health care.

Why the Gang of Six Is Deciding Health Care for Three Hundred Million of Us

| Posted 08.21.2009 | Politics

We have a Democratic president. Democrats control sixty votes in the Senate, enough to overcome a filibuster. Democrats control the House. So why does the fate of health care rest in Grassley's hands?

Why the Senate Should Confirm Bernanke But Make the Fed More Accountable, Too

| Posted 08.25.2009 | Business

If you'd have asked me three months ago whether Bernanke would be confirmed, I'd have said no. Congress (and much of the public) is still furious about the bank bailouts, as well they should be.

Ted Kennedy's Passing: An Inestimable Loss

| Posted 08.26.2009 | Politics

Most Americans will never know how many things Ted Kennedy did to make their lives better, how many things he prevented that would have hurt them, and how tenaciously he fought on their behalf.