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9 Awkward Double Standards From The Conservative Movement

Katy Hall & Nick Wing | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

On Wednesday evening, 41 Republican senators voted against expanding gun background checks. In doing so, they helped define the legacy of an expansive...

How Health Care Reform Will Change Your Life

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 06.28.2012 | Business

With this morning's 5-4 Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, or wha...

The Mandate and Its Enemies

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

The health insurance mandate was a compromise that effectively guaranteed the health insurance market in America for years to come by making that market more efficient and guaranteeing it paying customers into the future. Why, then, is the right attacking it?

Jason Cherkis

Huntsman Signed Bill Requiring Utah To Study Mandate | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ever since former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. began his public deliberations on whether he would seek the GOP nomination for president, he has...

Jason Cherkis

Potential GOP Presidential Candidate Favored Health Care Mandate As Governor | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics

HANCOCK, N.H. –- To hear Jon Huntsman and his advisers tell it, he is a bedrock conservative on health care who took a free market approach as gover...

The People Have Spoken... Well, at Least Some of Them

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

Everyone has a story to tell about why the midterm elections went the way they did, and it's not surprising that in most cases the narrative presented affirms the storyteller's particular world view.

Hickenlooper: Business Payroll Earmark for Art Would Be "Small Amount" (VIDEO)

Kelly Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Kelly Maher

Hickenlooper, the Democratic nominee for governor of Colorado, sounds gleeful at the pot of money that could be generated by big companies for them to buy and install art in their workplaces.

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.

Health Insurance Compared to Auto Insurance; Why the Republican Argument is Bogus

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Someday you will get sick or injured. That's not an option. It will happen. And if you are not insured other people will have to pay for your care.

Come to Texas for Current AG Managed Public Option and Mandates

Barbara Ann Radnofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ann Radnofsky

We in Texas have a public option, suggested by and administered by the office of the Texas AG, to provide a reasonable cost option to parents who are now mandated to provide medical care payment.

Albany Takes NYS Public School Education With a Grain of Salt

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

The cacophony over what to do about public school education and when to do it and how to do it... is deafening. The disconnects have run absolutely wild.

Pass the Popular Parts of Health Care Reform and Ditch the Rest

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Passing the most popular parts of health care reform while ditching the rest, can give Democrats a "win" on health care without jamming controversial and unpopular elements down the throats of American voters.

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.

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.

Ignore Lieberman to Win Real Health Care Reform

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

If we play by the 60 votes are needed rule, coupled with a weak White House that only threatens progressives, then the 60th Senator -- that is, the most unprincipled paid off Senator -- gets to write health care reform.

Candidate Obama Opposed Senate's Health Care Mandates (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Candidate Obama might not be too pleased with one aspect of health care reform emerging under president Obama's watch. "If a mandate was the soluti...

Democratic Party Out of Bounds

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

To the House Dems who reportedly chanted "Fired up! Ready to go!": This isn't a pep rally. This situation calls for a little less partying and a little more party leadership, a few less amendments and a lot more amends.

Senators, Thanks For Reminding Us Why We Don't Like You

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The fact that Lieberman retains his chairmanship of the Homeland Security committee in the name of a political party he loathes illustrates the rot and decay of the Senate.

Health Care Without Bankruptcy, Please

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

A mandate for health insurance would, if signed into law, would take the already flawed business model of health insurance and turn it into a perfect storm of financial and then physical ruin.

Health Reform: Look How Far We've Come. Now Where the Heck Are We?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Putting Sen. Lieberman aside for a moment (and who wouldn't want to?), what can we expect to see if the final health reform bill conforms to Sen. Reid's outline?

State Lawmakers Move To Ban Health Insurance Mandates

The New York Times | Monica Davey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ST. PAUL -- In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendment...

Max Baucus Releases Health Care Bill With Bi-Industry Support

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Stranahan

Baucus was hiding in his office behind a large pile of money and not available for an interview but issued the following written statement...

Admit It: A Robust Public Option Is Dead

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

With a robust public option dead, the only way to prevent a massive Democratic-sponsored bailout of the health care industry is to regulate insurance premiums and put a trigger on individual mandates.

Why Americans Are Miseducated About Health Care Reform

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Allison Kilkenny

A media consumed with tracking Obama's popularity has failed to educate the American citizenry about the key elements of the health care debate. Many so-called journalists are guilty, like ABC's Rick Klein.

President Obama Promises Major Speech "Every Few Hours"

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Stranahan

President Obama was contrite about possibly admitting to theoretical failures about maybe showing vague leadership about stuff and things lately.