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Obamacare Is Making a Difference, But Here's What We Must Tackle Next

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

We still spend more per capita on health care than any other country. In that sense, the law doesn't do enough to address the "real cost drivers" of medical inflation.

The Republicans' Minimum Wage Class Warfare

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The rise of the U.S. was very much tied to innovation and creation. This conservative propensity of arguing for antiquated occupations to save menial jobs instead of embracing the sort of change that made the U.S. the world power it is today is dangerous.

GOP Rep Gets Schooled By Economist During Tense Exchange

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics

Leave it to one of the country's top economists to fill in Congress on how a key federal agency works. During a Wednesday morning House Budget Comm...

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?

Lawmakers Slam Veterans Health Bill Cost Estimate

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - Cost estimates of up to $50 billion a year for a veterans emergency medical care bill ...

Insurers Are Fleecing Us Out of Billions While Congress Looks the Other Way

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.

Dehumanizing the Poor for Fun and Profit

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The average net worth of the 41 GOP senators who opposed the first minimum wage increase in half a decade is $6.26 million.

Jeffrey Young

Your Guide To The Latest Freakout Over Health Care Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.30.2014 | Business

Health care spending appears to be on the rise after several years of historically low growth, provoking a minor freakout about whether the bad old da...

CBO Report Finds Obama Budget Will Result In Larger Deficits Than Claimed

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says President Barack Obama's budget request would mean ...

CBO: Health Reform Is Working -- and Costing Less

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Health reform will cut the rate of uninsurance nearly in half. CBO estimates that health reform will reduce the share of the non-elderly population without insurance from 20 percent in the law's absence to about 16 percent in 2014 and about 11 percent in 2016 and beyond. That's 26 million more people with health coverage.

Greenspan's Greed and the Federal Deficit

Harlan Green | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We have you to thank, Dr. Greenspan, for those "opportunities for avarice" that resulted from of your unbridled enthusiasm for such policies at that time. It also brought on the Great Recession and record deficit we have today.

Understanding CBO's Minimum-Wage Report

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Scott Lilly

As the uproar over the CBO analysis demonstrates, the issue of whether jobs are gained or lost as a result of a minimum-wage increase depends largely on how we analyze the vast amount of research that has been conducted on the question over the past half-century.

White House: Jobless Rate Won't Fall To Pre-Recession Levels Until 2017

AP | By TOM RAUM | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal for next year suggests the U.S. economic recovery that began in 2009 will c...

The Minimum Wage Doesn't Kill Jobs -- Politicians Do

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Rather than have substantive discussions on how we can increase wages for millions of hard-working Americans without losing jobs, both sides will cherry pick the data they want to accentuate and dismiss the rest. This sort of tribal nature of politics is partly to blame for the lack of action in Washington these days.

Sebelius Distances Obama Administration From Key Obamacare Estimate

HuffPost Live | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 03.12.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius distanced the Obama administration from its unofficial goal of 7 million Affordable Care Act...

Jason Linkins

Let's Do It! Let's Raise The Minimum Wage! Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

This week, the Congressional Budget Office has once again proven itself an able newsmaker, issuing a report scoring the economic impact of a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. And once again, the CBO has produced a reality-based mixed bag.

How America's Debt And Deficit Became An Afterthought In Washington

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just four years ago, deficits and debt were an explosive political combination, propelling Republicans to control of the House and...

Seeing Through the CBO's Minimum Wage Fog

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Ralph Nader

Both sides of the aisle are spinning the report, creating a fog around minimum wage policy that may further discourage a Walmart-influenced Congress from taking any action. Given the miserly state of the minimum wage today, such a can't-do attitude is unacceptable.

Even Economists Cited By The CBO Disagree With Its Minimum Wage Report

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business

Republicans opposed to a minimum wage hike got more fodder for their case Tuesday when the Congressional Budget Office released a report stating that ...

Jason Linkins

The CBO Basically Now Has To Explain Its Report In A Way A 6 Year Old Can Understand

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

With extraordinary patience, the Congressional Budget Office has responded to the confusion over its recent report on the Affordable Care Act, providi...

GOP Using My Old Playbook to Twist Facts About Obamacare and Jobs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

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.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Matalin-Reagan Debate if Christie and O'Reilly Should Be Flagged for Unnecessary Roughness?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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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?

Democrats Reject GOP Spin On Obamacare Report

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Democrats sought to turn the latest controversy over Obamacare and the economy into a p...

Zach Carter

CAN'T LET IT GO

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Sunday suggested that Obamacare is making people lazy, shifting away from a now-discredited GOP talking point ...

Jason Linkins

How The Media Blew The Biggest Story Of The Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Just over a week ago, Philadelphia Weekly published a cover story about a local musician named Jordan White, premised on the notion that White -- an earnest singer-songwriter type -- was some sort of stealth superstar in the Philadelphia music scene. The headline in the print edition was insistent in pushing this zingy notion: 'Jordan White may be the most famous local rock balladeer you've never heard of.'