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Robert Reich

How a Few Private Health Insurers Are on the Way to Controlling Health Care

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

From the start, opponents of the public option have wanted to portray it as big government preying upon the market, and private insurers as the embodiment of the market. But it's just the reverse.

The Ersatz Public Option

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Harry Reid's public option is a token public option -- a fleeting gesture toward the idea of a public option, so small and desiccated as to be barely worth mentioning except that it still contains the word "public."

Going Rouge Skewers Palin

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Geoffrey Dunn

One thing is certain: You will read far more about the real Sarah Palin in Going Rouge than you ever will in her own memoirs, being published by (who else?) Rupert Murdoch.

Going To Copenhagen Empty-Handed

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Reich

There's no way between now and Copenhagen that Obama can get a strong climate bill through Congress. So here's my suggestion.

Healthcare: A Christmas Present of Epic Proportions

Philip Lee Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Lee Miller

Here is your Christmas present -- a big lump of coal. You are ill and need help. You want the best. Whose wise counsel and help do you seek? You want someone who is sympathetic, skilled and competent.

The Economic Reality That No One Wants to Talk About

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

The basic assumption that jobs will eventually return when the economy recovers is probably wrong. Some jobs will come back, of course. But righting the ship will take far-reaching systemic change.

An Open Letter to Harry Reid on Controlling Health Care Costs

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Nobody promised you this would be easy, Harry. But, hell, why are you there, anyway? Your responsibility is to do the right thing by the American people and bring down future health-care costs.

Lessons From Letterman in Health Reform

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

If Obama doesn't weigh in forcefully and say "no" to the hush money arranged in January for Big Pharma, big insurance, and the AMA, America's middle class will get walloped. And so will he in 2012.

What's Ahead for the Economy and Politics in 2010

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Just about everything you'll start hearing come out of Washington will really be about November's midterm election. The gravitational pull of the midterms was already apparent last year, as Republicans marched in perfect lockstep to vote against whatever the president and Democrats proposed, but you haven't seen anything yet. Issue number one will be unemployment, and there are a number of possible scenarios for where we're headed on that front.

The President's Jobs Initiative Doesn't Measure Up

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

There is no reason to tolerate this degree of misery. We know exactly what to do. The government has the fiscal tools to do it. Start by bailing out state and local governments and spending on infrastructure.

Obama, China, and Wishful Thinking About American Jobs

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The dirty little secret on each side of the Pacific is that both America and China are capable of producing far more than their own consumers are capable of buying. The root of the problem is in domestic inequality.

Breaking Up the Big Banks, and Why Congress Won't Do It

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

Two ideas are floating around Washington regarding how to handle 'too big to fail' banks, but only one is supported by the Treasury and the White House. Unfortunately, it's the wrong one.

Why Obama Should Not Have Received the Peace Prize -- Yet

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Giving the Peace Prize to the President before any of his goals have been attained only underscores the paradox of Obama at this early stage of his presidency.

The Final Question: Who Will Pay for Health Care?

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

By taxing so-called Cadillac plans, the Senate bill would actually end up taxing the Chevy plans of a large portion of the middle class. And as time goes by, a still larger portion.

Slouching Toward Health Care Reform

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Dems eventually will get a bill they can call "reform," but they will not be able to say with straight faces that the reform is a significant improvement over the terrible system we already have.

The Housing Crisis And Wall Street Shame (Or Lack Thereof)

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

Shaming Wall Street won't work. Only political muscle and courage will. Congress and the Obama administration should give homeowners the right to go to a bankruptcy judge and have their mortgages modified.

Shahien Nasiripour

10 Years Ago Today, Congress Allowed For "Too Big To Fail"

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On the 10th anniversary of Congress voting to repeal the law that had long separated Main Street commercial banking from Wall Street investment bankin...

The Audacity of Greed

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Health insurers have just made the best argument yet about why a public insurance option is necessary.

2009: The Year Wall Street Bounced Back and Main Street Got Shafted

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

If 2009 has proved anything, it's that the bailout of Wall Street didn't trickle down to Main Street. Mortgage delinquencies continue to rise. And people everywhere, it seems, are worried about losing their jobs.

Brazil Beats America And Wins Olympic Gold; Republicans Dance In The Streets

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

You know we're in trouble when a major political party openly roots for its own country to lose, as Republicans did for President Obama's bid to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago.

The Public Option Lives On

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The public option lives on. It's still in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension bill. It still headlines the House bills, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's still committed to it.

Why the Dow is Hitting 10,000 While Everyone Else is Cutting Back

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

Regardless of what you call it -- Keynesianism, socialism, or just pragmatism -- government's expansion is doing wonders for business, especially big business and Wall Street.

Why Olympia Snowe Should Vote Against the Baucus Plan

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Here's what's likely to happen if Snowe signs on to the Baucus bill, and if she doesn't. The next few weeks are crucial.

Robert Reich, Pat Buchanan Agree: We Should Have Let Some Big Banks Fail (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Professor Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary in the Clinton administration, and Pat Buchanan had a rare moment of agreement this morning when they w...

Boulder/Denver New Tech Meetup Helps Entrepreneurial Community

Brett Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Brett Greene

Have you ever been to a networking event? Then you've had that cringing feeling in your stomach after entering a room full of strangers.