Tag Archives: Health care reform

Intended consequences

Companies like McDonalds that offer crappy health care plans are going to be forced to improve their health care coverage or drop their coverage entirely and help pay for better plans on the public exchanges. Despite what McDonalds and Republicans will tell you, that’s a feature, not a bug. Americans should expect a minimum baseline […]

Gee, that was fast

A new USA Today poll says more Americans are now in favor of the health care reform bill than against. Another good reason why the Republican strategy of campaigning against the newly enacted bill isn’t likely to work. (h/t Markos, Elrod)

Health care reform and the End of the World

Yesterday the House passed a bill that will cover roughly 30 million more Americans with health insurance. Despite what you or I think of the bill, it’s something that conservatives and Republicans should have been slobbering over.It manages to cover millions more Americans while actually saving the government money over the next decade. It doesn’t result […]

Imbalance

In America, political power resides predominately in the business sector, whose economic interests are first and foremost on the minds of both major parties. The Democrats have less naked loyalty to corporations, but their offices are funded, lobbied and coerced nonstop by businesses that hold stake in government affairs. For a demonstration of this power […]

I’m confident there will be health care reform soon

This kind of sh*t can’t last: Keying off the Obama administration’s recent probe into a planned 39 percent rate hike from Anthem Blue Cross in California, [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius] will detail large increases in six other states and say that given record insurer profits, health care reform has never been more urgent. […]

Fault in the health reform debacle

The short answer: the Democrats in the Senate. Let me tell you why. The filibuster In the United States Senate, one Senator can hold up legislation using the filibuster rule. In order to stop a filibuster, it takes 60 votes. Senate tradition held that the filibuster would only be used in extraordinary circumstances. Thanks to Republicans, […]

Health care reform pros and cons

Health care reform may have been neutered endlessly by bought off politicians (including, perhaps, Barack Obama). But is it still worth supporting and passing? In the pros column: 30 million more Americans will have health insurance Approximately $100 billion will be spent each year making sure lower income families can afford basic insurance You can […]

Why the House health care bill might suck

Since Congressman Dennis Kucinich is considered an a deeply un-serious person by the mainstream media, I doubt you’ve heard or read his excellent liberal critique of the health care legislation passed by the House of Representatives this weekend. Well now you can say you have read it, the bolds are mine: We have been led […]

Health care: Good & bad news

Good news: Health care reform passed the House this weekend. Consumerist has a good summary of what’s in the bill: Insurance mandate – Uninsured Americans will pay a penalty; low-income people exempt. House bill charges a penalty of 2.5% of adjusted gross income: that’s $500 on $20,000, for example. Employer coverage – All employers with […]

We will have government run health insurance

Sure, it doesn’t seem possible right now. Each day we’re treated to news that health care reform has been watered down again and the public insurance option – a limited government counterweight to the private insurance “market” – seems like a distant liberal dream. But we will have government run health insurance. Just the worse […]