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Death Spiral

Winning in November by Defending the Affordable Care Act Now

David Coates | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
David Coates

Lindsey Graham's recent warning that Republicans might yet push for a presidential impeachment serves to demonstrate, if further demonstration was still required, just how brutal Washington politics could get if his party ends up in control of both Houses of Congress after the mid-term elections in November.

Obamacare: Republican Obstruction or Needless Blunders?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

In the case of the Affordable Care Act, private insurers have priced their policies on the premise that a lot of healthy young people will purchase insurance. If the young don't participate in large numbers, and older and sicker people do, then insurers will have to raise premium charges for everyone. That will be blamed, rightly or wrongly, on Obamacare. We know from the administration that more than two million people have become newly insured. That's good news. But we don't know who they are. Is the Affordable Care Act succumbing to the dread dynamics of adverse selection? The early signs are far from conclusive, but they are not encouraging.

Four Myths -- and the Truth! -- About the Individual Mandate

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The individual mandate was a Republican invention from a time when it was not yet heresy for a Republican politician to advocate providing affordable health insurance to every American without a government takeover of the industry.

Alaska Eagle Survives 'Death Spiral' Plunge After Mating Dance

AP | RACHEL D'ORO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An acrobatic display of passion proved too much for a pair of eagles engaged in a mating dance over Alaska's Prince William ...