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2009 Obama Administration

The Lagging Indicator

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

The fights for financial regulation is symbolized by a phrase that the President and his economic advisors repeat too often, indicative of a much deeper problem in their thinking.

Conventional Wisdom and the Health Care Debate Now

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Health care consumers are guaranteed quality insurance at an affordable price only with a strong competitor to private insurers. That is the bottom line, end of story.

The Handoff

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The importance of Ted Kennedy's letter and goes far beyond sentimentality. The letter was a handoff, and in his speech Obama seemed to accept the baton.

Bent But Not Broken

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Going into tonight's big speech, the question is this: Is the relationship between Obama and the progressive community broken or just bent?

Hitting the Jackpot

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

This was one of the very best Presidential speeches I have ever heard. And more importantly, Barack Obama did everything he needed to do.

Getting Past the Senate

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Passing a strong, comprehensive bill, with a public option, through the Senate is eminently doable. Let's look at the actual facts in terms of passing a bill acceptable to most Democrats.

The Simplest Thing

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Health care reform will live or die on whether the White House, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid can figure out a way around the massive barrier in the middle of the road, the public option.

The News Big Media Won't Report

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mike Lux

The future of health care reform hangs in the balance. We are in the fight of our lives -- but if you listen to the traditional media, you would think it is all over.

The Myths of the Battle of Health Care Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The traditional media has talked itself into believing certain things about the fight over health care reform, whether there is any serious evidence beyond their own self-reinforcing stories or not.

The "We Can Do Health Reform Without Taking on the Insurance Industry" Argument

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

There are a lot of folks in the conventional wisdom, establishment-oriented Democratic circles who are trying the sell the argument that reform without a public option is still big, transformational health care reform.

Defeating the Coalition to Kill Health Care Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

In the Clinton White House, we fought for the most progressive budget bill since 1965. And we did it without a single Republican vote. We are now on the verge of a much greater achievement.

The Constant Challenge of Creating an Effective Left Flank

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Progressives and the White House need each other to get anything big and important done. It's how big change happens in this country.

Obama, Progressives, and the Question of a Successful Presidency

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The key to Obama's success at this fundamentally critical juncture is whether the President can get his base excited about him again so that they are actively engaged in fighting by his side on the tough battles ahead.

The Heart of the Matter

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Progressives want, as President Obama does, something to keep the insurance industry honest. If not a public option, what will accomplish that?

I'm for the Obama Health Plan, Are Anonymous White House Staffers?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Why are certain anonymous White House officials trying to undermine the president on health care? This is exactly what happened in the Clinton fight for health care reform.

An Alternative to the Public Option I Could Live With

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

I want health care form like a drink of cold water in the desert. But without either a public option or strong rate regulation, health care reform is a nightmare for the public and the federal budget.

The News of Its Death Is Greatly Exaggerated

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Kathleen Sebelius said the public insurance option is not essential, adding to a steadily growing conventional wisdom that the public option is now dead. Not so fast.

A Good Day for Health Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

One of the fascinating dynamics to this battle is the extent to which Obama seems to be resisting some of his advisers' desire to give up on the public option. This is the Obama we've been waiting for.

What Should Obama's Strategy For the August Recess Be?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

To lose now would be a huge setback for Obama's entire presidency, because it will signal to everyone that the kind of change he promised in his campaign has not come to Washington.

The Window Is Closing

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The window is closing on financial and health care reform. These are easily the biggest political tests of Obama's presidency, those that will determine whether his presidency is going to be a success.

On Health Care, if Everyone Is Happy, Nothing Is Getting Done

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The insurance companies are really good at writing loopholes for themselves, especially if you announce in advance that you will only pass what they agree to.

So Far, So Good

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

After all the health care reform pushing and shoving, threats and counter-threats, deals and counter-deals, after all the negotiating back and forth: so far, so good.

Who Wins the Battle During August Recess Will Determine the Fate of Health Care Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If the grassroots progressives out-organize the insurance/right wing astroturfers and if Reid and Pelosi put every bit of muscle into winning the fight for real reform, it can still happen.

No Deal

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Republicans are never going to deal in good faith, and this idea of a bipartisan health care reform bill is not going to happen.

When Will They Ever Learn?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

One thing is absolutely clear from what has happened over the last week in the health care debate: fundamental change has not come to Washington, D.C.