Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.
Whether you like President Obama's proposals or Congressional Republicans' proposals, we can all agree that the goal of putting people back into full-time employment is desirable. Last week, the CBO released numbers that allowed both parties to make sure they wouldn't skip a week without sounding like partisan hacks.
Mayor DeBlasio and other good Democrats may not understand how public benefits raise wages, but their opponents sure do.
If you're curious about what I used to do as a PR guy for the health insurance industry, how I often took facts and figures and twisted them to advance a specific political or financial agenda, take a look at the behavior of some members of Congress last week.
Just because the ACA is better than what came before it doesn't mean it is good. It certainly doesn't mean it is good enough. The right can call out all the problems and label them as they wish. Never mind that they laid the groundwork for those problems.
Has Christie crossed a line that's presidentially disqualifying and O'Reilly misused a sporting event to peddle crackpot conspiracies? And if conservatives like choice for markets and schools, why not for balancing health care, work and family?
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The ACA has created new health plans with new rules, and people are finally using them to get healthcare. If we want to tell the future, those patients' opinions are the ones we should listen to.
In the same way, without Obamacare, without the government making us buy health insurance, we would be condemning millions of Americans to lives without health care. We would be restricting their freedom. And what right do we have to do that?
This week has witnessed yet another reminder of the frequently insidious incompetence of important segments of our mainstream media.
However you slice it, ACA will not cut costs for the vast majority of working Americans, and it's time we acknowledge that unfortunate fact.
It is insulting to Hispanic voters to peddle this polluted line to them and claim that the Speaker's retreat is because of the president. They know it is not true. The Speaker's retreat is because of the Speaker, demanded by the right, and Hispanics know this. And everyone else knows this.
Instead of working with us, the White House has tried to obfuscate the issue of the regulatory hurdles to Taft-Hartleys participating on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges by introducing an absurd and factually false claim that co-ops are somehow the same as Taft-Hartleys.
The worst offender I saw in the press was Dana Milbank. I found him terribly hypocritical because he offered two almost completely contrasting takes on the CBO report on successive days, without ever admitting he'd done so.