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Missing the Point

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

I voted for health care reform not because I thought it was the best we could do, but because I thought it was a whole lot better than the current system. But in my mind, passing that law is far from "mission accomplished."

GOP Gov. Pawlenty and Dem Sen. Wyden Prove Health Care Reform Is Not A Federal Government Takeover

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

You can't complain about a federal government takeover while you are in the middle of exercising state flexibility.

A Transpartisan Uprising Against the Individual Insurance Mandate

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Could there be a transpartisan, left-right-center coalition forming against the unpopular individual health insurance mandate in the recently passed health care bill?

Two Cheers For Missouri: Stop Health Reform Groupthink

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

Forcing our citizenry into indentured servitude to the insurance industry isn't anything progressives should be defending. The case against mandates is clear.

Repeal health care reform? 41 states think so

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

One of the most distressing aspects of this state backlash is that a small number of demagogues are making it necessary for the rest of us to have to fight this on a state by state basis.

Sam Stein

Romney Clarifies: Repeal Individual Mandate But Not All Of Obamacare | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mitt Romney's camp is pushing back on a report from a relatively obscure conservative blogger that the former Massachusetts governor said he would not...

Enforcing the Individual Mandate

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

How will the federal government enforce the individual mandate? In fact, will they even be able to do so?

Exchanges and Mandates: FAQs

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
D. Brad Wright

Now that health reform is law, everyone seems to be asking the next logical question: What does this mean for me? Let's focus on a couple areas where misconceptions continue to abound: the Exchanges and the individual mandate.

With the Passage of the Health Care Bill, Our Constitution is on Life Support

Dino LaVerghetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dino LaVerghetta

The health care bill's individual mandate provision is wholly unconstitutional and sets a dangerous precedent for a fundamental change in the nature of government as we know it.

The Founding Fathers' "Individual Mandate"

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

The founding fathers adopted the first "individual mandate" back in 1792. It required individuals to outfit themselves with guns and ammunition, even if they had to buy those items from private sellers.

Sam Stein

Individual Mandate, Now Vilified By GOP, Was Supported By George H.W. Bush | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Though Republican lawmakers now vilify the individual mandate for health insurance coverage as unconstitutional, the provision has long roots in conse...

Will Mandate Ballot Initiatives Be the Gay Marriage of 2010?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Republican rhetoric feeds into an extensive and well-funded network of right wing groups that stand ready to push anti-mandate ballot initiatives that will go into overdrive upon passage of the health care bill.

Zero Public Option + One Mandate = Disaster

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Not long ago, the most prominent supporters of the public option were touting it as essential for health care reform. Now, suddenly, it's incidental; its supporters are no longer principled -- they're pernicious.

The Bill Includes Health Insurance for Slackers!

Richard Grenell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Grenell

While ski bums everywhere are cheering the news that the federal government will be forcing parents to pay for their health insurance through age 26, parents are questioning why this is in the bill.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

I'm happy for union workers who've earned "better" plans through collective bargaining. But I'm somewhat unsympathetic on the subject when most of us working stiffs can't afford any plan at all.

The Big Fights and the Big Benefits in the Bill

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The good news is that under all the hullabaloo of the public option fight and the horrendous Stupak amendment, there is actually a lot of good things that are pretty well-settled assuming a bill gets passed.

A Public Option Tree in the Health Care Reform Forest

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

However it started, the public option is now a shell of its former self. At best it's opt-out or triggered. You can only get it if you're in the insurance exchange.

Ride the Populist Wave: Restore Glass-Steagall!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Populism is not so much a political stance (as "conservatism" is, for instance) as it is a political tactic. Meaning it can be used equally well by either side of our current American political divide.

Sam Stein

Massachusetts Official Refutes Latest GOP Health Care Attacks | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The hot new Republican hit on health care reform legislation came in the form of a press release from Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich). Under Democratic-aut...

Why Courts Matter - A 2010 Lesson for Progressives

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The Supreme Court could change electoral politics as we know it in America today by perverting the Constitution to bar the people and their elected representatives from limiting corporate political spending.

An Individual Mandate to Purchase Health Care Insurance Is Constitutional

David Orentlicher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Orentlicher

Some experts say that the federal government does not have the power to require people to buy an insurance policy. But the proposals in the current legislation actually fall well within the demands of our Constitution.

Jason Linkins

Expanded Health Care Coverage? Rumors Are Greatly Exaggerated, Unless Paying Fines Is Now 'Health Care' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Well, for my next trick, I was going to demonstrate that the contention that the watered-down Senate health care compromise will nevertheless lead to ...

Health Insurance Companies Want Severe Penalites For People Who Do Not Buy Coverage

The Associated Press | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)-- The health insurance industry doesn't want Congress to let you off easy if you decide to ignore a proposed requirement that all Amer...

Polling on the Individual Mandate

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

Last night's news that Senate Democrats have agreed to abandon both a government run public option and a Medicare buy-in provoked a storm of criticism...

Sam Stein

Conservatives Turn Their Sights On Health Care Reform's Most Obvious Provision | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats are bracing themselves for a new line of conservative attack against a provision in the health care legislation once considered so non-contr...