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Did John Roberts Give Mitt Romney A Gift?

(2563) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 10:22 AM

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, puts me in mind of the old proverb: Be careful what you wish for. Democrats on a victory lap should watch their step, because John Roberts may have given Mitt Romney a gift. The impact on the health...

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Message from Massachusetts

(213) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 4:02 PM

Well, that was a game-changer! But don't misinterpret it (and don't blame Martha Coakley's lackluster campaign). Scott Brown's victory was not about the principles of either party, nor was it about the size of government, nor even about health reform, except indirectly. It was about disillusionment and anger with government....

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Is the House Health Care Bill Better than Nothing?

(726) Comments | Posted November 8, 2009 | 7:02 PM

Well, the House health reform bill -- known to Republicans as the Government Takeover -- finally passed after one of Congress's longer, less enlightening debates. Two stalwarts of the single-payer movement split their votes; John Conyers voted for it; Dennis Kucinich against. Kucinich was right.

Conservative rhetoric notwithstanding, the...

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Baucus Bill: Health Reform That Isn't

(168) Comments | Posted September 21, 2009 | 8:10 AM

With the long-awaited release of the Baucus health plan, which is said to have Obama's approval, the fix is in. Billions of taxpayer dollars will be thrown at the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, much of it diverted from Medicare and Medicaid (despite Obama's protestations that he would not raid Medicare...

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Health Reform: Throwing Good Money After the Bad

(672) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 8:49 AM

It's not just the right-wing crazies who oppose health reform. In addition, there are many sane Americans who worry about committing a trillion dollars to it. They have a point. We already spend more than twice as much per person on health care as other advanced countries, and our costs...

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