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Jonathan Cohn

Phil Gramm's 'Freedom Option' Reveals The GOP's Real Agenda For Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

With oral arguments in King v. Burwell just eight days away, Republicans are talking more and more about what they’ll do if the Supreme Court sides ...

Jonathan Cohn

GOP Senator Insists Case For Obamacare Lawsuit Is 'Clear,' Then Shows Why It Isn't

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Monday tried to argue that something he wrote in 2010 does not undercut the premise of the anti-Obamacare l...

Jonathan Cohn

This Email From A Senate Aide Contradicts A Key Premise Of The Obamacare Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

The premise of the latest legal attack on Obamacare has always been shaky. An email that a key Senate staffer wrote in January 2010 would appear to ma...

Here's How Health Insurers Dream of Replacing Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The GOP plan would take us back to the days when insurers could sell junk policies, charge older folks more than they can today and calculate premiums based on a person's health status.

'Green News Report' - January 29, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.29.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IMF calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies; PLUS: Some good news: fracking banned in Scotland, and great 'Fox News' for a change!... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

Jonathan Cohn

A Former Senator Just Dealt A Serious Blow To The Legal Case Against Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

The former senator who nearly blocked Obamacare in Congress may have just helped save it from the Supreme Court. By now, you may have heard about K...

Cost-Effective Solutions to the Climate Crisis Await - It's Time to Stop Waffling

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.06.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Opportunities for addressing greenhouse gases lie within our reach. The potential environmental benefits of these opportunities are linked to other benefits. However, our policies are stuck and work against wider implementation of green technology.

The Race to Save our Oceans, Down Under

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 01.08.2015 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Australians love the environment and they clearly understand the importance of protecting our life support system -- the oceans.

Subsidized Success: Corn, Cabernet and Caterpillar

Hilary Gowins | Posted 12.29.2014 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

When the government commits to big tax breaks for select companies, politicians almost always fail to cut spending to make up for it. The extra burden just falls to smaller businesses with less income to spare.

Be Unreasonable About the New Climate Economy

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

The MENA region has timidly begun on a path to making its societies climate-ready and its energy policies climate-friendly. Given its resources, it can play a central role in moving to the new climate economy. And yet despite progress, there is still a long way to go.

'Green News Report:' December 11, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Australia goaded into joining UN Green Climate Fund; PLUS: 'Freedom Industries' boss facing accountability in West Virginia chemical spill... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

New Data Settles the Debate: Obamacare Is Making Health Insurance More Affordable, Not Less

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In the second year of our new annual tradition, the exchanges are open for enrollment, which begs the question: What have we learned since last time? Were the naysayers proven right, or did Obamacare really make health insurance more affordable, as was intended?

The NFL Is a National Parasite

Diane M. Francis | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Diane M. Francis

Enjoying sporting events is fun, but, like Wall Street, the subsidies and salaries have gone too far. These privileges are at the expense of taxpayers and society as a whole as the Rice fiasco illustrates.

Don't Have Health Insurance? Your Top Affordable Care Act Questions Answered

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 11.16.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

If you were uninsured and did not get health coverage by the March 31st deadline, what does this mean? And what are your options for purchasing health insurance? To break down what you need to know, here are the answers to your top health care questions.

What's Wrong With Fast Food Workers Earning a Living Wage?

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The goal of $15 per hour is likely a pipe dream. But with around $8.5 billion in income, $3.5 billion in dividend payments, and another $67 million in executive compensation (2012), it seems McDonald's can afford to increase wages some.

Norwegians Hate Whale Meat. So Why Does the Country Insist on Whaling?

OnEarth | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
OnEarth

Norway might not care about sustainability or cruelty or even its reputation, but what I find the most puzzling is the country's near messianic belief that, as long as it keeps killing whales, people will come back to whale meat. The evidence just isn't there.

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.

Did Those Republican Judges Ever Go to Law School?

Frank Askin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Frank Askin

Six federal judges ruled Tuesday on the legality of subsidies being provided for low-income subscribers under so-called Obamacare. The two with solid Republican credentials found the program illegal.

Courts Disagree Over Obamacare Subsidies

Brad Burd | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Brad Burd

Two separate federal appellate courts issued contradicting decisions this week that could potentially impact how millions of people pay for health insurance.

Finally! Someone Explains What All Those Obamacare Numbers Mean!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You're going to hear a lot about Obamacare this fall, especially from Republicans. They'll try to convince you that it was a bad deal. They'll throw numbers at you to make you think that the cost of health insurance is spiraling out of control. In all likelihood those numbers will be incorrect, but how will you know?

Advocating a Change in Farm Policy

Marc Barnett | Posted 08.29.2014 | Green
Marc Barnett

Essentially, U.S. farm subsidies are encouraging obesity among citizens, particularly poor citizens. Obviously this sounds very strong, and quite possibly may seem overstated, but it's not.

We Have the 'Cure' for Obesity, But Is the Pill Too Difficult to Swallow?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

When you read about one in 10 kids facing the possibility of a liver transplant due solely to the unhealthful American diet, you really do have to wonder: Where on earth is the tipping point?

Another Wave of Plague

Michael Curley | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Curley

This week a bill sits on the president's desk, which, when he signs it, will bring us one step closer to a national financial apocalypse. The bill authorizes more subsidies. The federal government is near bankruptcy and yet Congress and the president are creating new subsidies. Totally unnecessary subsidies!

Iran, Stable but Miserable

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

The Misery Index is the sum of the inflation, interest, and unemployment rates, minus the annual percentage change in per capita GDP. It provides a clear picture of the economic conditions facing Iranians.

Frogs in a Warming Climate Pot: Let's Jump Out Now Before We 'Croak'

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

So far, we haven't had the will, and the sense of responsibility, to do what's often inconvenient in order to change the climate trajectory. Too many attempt to stay comfy in individual cocoons, avoiding action and seemingly unconcerned even about their own children, let alone their neighbors on this planet.