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May 29, 2013
So, here’s a quandary. From day one, the GOP’s main argument against ObamaCare (or BaucusCare, as we like to call it) has been that the individual mandate, which requires people above a certain income threshold to purchase health insurance, is unconstitutional. But years later, as it debates immigration reform, Republicans are realizing that allowing uninsured immigrants to stay in the country could be a massive financial drain on the health care system. That confronts the party with an awkward choice: Either accepting that financial drain, or impose an individual mandate on undocumented immigrants. We’re very curious to see how this will play out; will Republicans end up voluntarily defanging their own strongest argument against the Affordable Care Act? source

So, here’s a quandary. From day one, the GOP’s main argument against ObamaCare (or BaucusCare, as we like to call it) has been that the individual mandate, which requires people above a certain income threshold to purchase health insurance, is unconstitutional. But years later, as it debates immigration reform, Republicans are realizing that allowing uninsured immigrants to stay in the country could be a massive financial drain on the health care system. That confronts the party with an awkward choice: Either accepting that financial drain, or impose an individual mandate on undocumented immigrants. We’re very curious to see how this will play out; will Republicans end up voluntarily defanging their own strongest argument against the Affordable Care Act? source

16:38 // 10 months ago
September 19, 2012

Individual mandate to hit 6 million Americans

6M Americans per year will pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, according to a new CBO estimate

$8B in additional revenue per year will be collected via these penalties source

17:35 // 1 year ago
June 28, 2012
2:05 // 1 year ago
November 9, 2011

Dr. Always Low Prices? Wal-Mart wants to be your physician

Wal-Mart expanding into medical care: Beloved by some for their low, low prices and reviled by others for suspect workplace practices and their debilitating effect on local economies, Wal-Mart is moving a new direction that figures to stoke similar passions — the health care industry. Their thinking seems to be that with a huge surge in insured citizens on the horizon, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, there will be a shortage of general practitioners and medical clinics to accommodate them. These in-store medical clinics would, according to NPR, be equipped to handle such critical things as HIV and diabetes management. source

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14:54 // 2 years ago
November 8, 2011

DC appeals court rules in favor of health care law

Affordable Care act ruled constitutional: Not that it hasn’t been ruled unconstitutional before, and not that this is the last you’ll hear of the issue. That said, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act yesterday, a move considered a surprise given the court’s conservative tilt. Said Judge Laurence SIlberman: “That a direct requirement for most Americans to purchase any product or service seems an intrusive exercise of legislative power surely explains why Congress has not used this authority before — but that seems to us a political judgment rather than a recognition of constitutional limitations.” source

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14:29 // 2 years ago
July 25, 2011
A little perspective on this whole deficit mess
This graph, courtesy of the New York Times, has been making the rounds today, and it’s worth examining. Note that health care reform, much-maligned by the right as deficit-killer, cost less than even the most inexpensive of George W. Bush’s policies (that policy being Medicare Part D). Note also that the Bush tax cuts alone added more to the deficit than all of President Obama’s new policies combined — and that’s including projected spending over the course of a theoretical second term.  source
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This graph, courtesy of the New York Times, has been making the rounds today, and it’s worth examining. Note that health care reform, much-maligned by the right as deficit-killer, cost less than even the most inexpensive of George W. Bush’s policies (that policy being Medicare Part D). Note also that the Bush tax cuts alone added more to the deficit than all of President Obama’s new policies combined — and that’s including projected spending over the course of a theoretical second term.  source

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23:09 // 2 years ago
May 13, 2011
Gov. Romney’s speech yesterday was just the type of tone we need. While folks may not agree with what he said, that type of candor is what Americans expect from a serious presidential candidate today.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie • Offering a big wet kiss to Mitt Romney for his straight-talking approach to health care. Romney made the argument that the health care approach (which Obama based his national health-care plan upon) was the right one for his state — but not necessarily for the country. What’s weird is that Christie was one of the few to offer support to Mitt after the speech, which many on the right really didn’t like. Guess we know who Chris Christie is voting for in 2012. (Hint: Not himself.) source (viafollow)
15:08 // 2 years ago
April 11, 2011

Stupak’s back: Pro-life Democrat makes surprising career move

  • then Remember Bart Stupak? During the health care debate, he was the pro-life Michigan Democrat who almost derailed the entire legislation over concerns that it would allow federal funds to be spent on abortions. He eventually buckled, of course, and the legislation passed.
  • now Stupak, who retired from Congress last year, has found a new job at Venable LLP, one of “America’s top 100 law firms,” according to it’s website. Why is this notable? Because Venable represents, amongst others, the Maryland chapter of Planned Parenthood. source

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23:07 // 3 years ago
March 23, 2011
Rahm [Emanuel] doesn’t scream and shout at me, ‘cause he knows better. I’ll just tell him to go to Hell and move on.
Bart Stupak • Reflecting on the passage of health care reform last year, and his dealings with Obama’s old right hand man. The former congressman from Michigan says that he is “proud to have voted for [health care reform],” despite still getting “accosted” by the law’s detractors. source (viafollow)
22:41 // 3 years ago