Tag Archives: Health care

Meanwhile on the Medicaid front…

It’s mid August, which means the Congressional Budget Office has goodies to stuff in your beach bucket to accompany the plastic shovel, coconut oil, and shades: If Mr. Trump stops payment of the subsidies, the budget office said, insurers will … Continue reading

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The power of an alarmed citizenry

“Yes, Mr. Soto?” the woman on the phone says, in the manner of a restaurant hostess acknowledging a demanding regular. She also sounds like one of my great aunts. Three mornings a week since late January I will call the … Continue reading

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A look at the failure of “skinny repeal”

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And here it comes…

Republicans are set to vote on a bill that would increase the amount of money that millionaires can take home while condemning millions of their fellow citizens to poverty and death – and they haven’t read the bill. Paul Waldman put … Continue reading

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Helping the hopeless

Once again, The New Yorker, like many daily newspapers where coastal elites dwell, dips a toe gingerly into the pool of poor white resentment. What Peter Hessler found will surprise no one since November 2016: Before Trump took office, people … Continue reading

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TrumpCare, Act III

As encouraging as watching the American Millionaires Bailout Act aka TrumpCare expose the fissures within a coaliton that is less a political party than a contagion intent on wiping out the poorest among us, I’m still not optimistic that Mitch … Continue reading

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Studies in depravity

Apparently a discussion is happening among liberal columnis whose topic is whether opposing the Better Care Reconciliation Act will make universal single payer health care more or less possible. Scott Lemieux isn’t having it: It should be obvious at this … Continue reading

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The politics of cowardice

Thanks to the wizardly Mitch McConnell and his aides, the Affordable Care Act is set to transform into a bill authorizing tax cuts for millionaires and the vaporizing of Medicaid, the dream of the Ayn Rand-ites since 1964. Before readers … Continue reading

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Ossoff v. Handel

Although a local poll shows a tied race between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handle in the Georgia Sixth election, a win for the Republican Handel wouldn’t surprise me. If Ossoff loses, I hope its effect is exfoliating: it should demoralize … Continue reading

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Expect no help from the health insurance industry

If Senate Democrats are waking up the imminent reality of the Affordable Care Act’s repeal, they may not find allies in the health industry, Dylan Scott reports: It’s a deliberate strategy, interviews with nearly 20 lobbyists and other experts suggest. … Continue reading

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Smoking and the poor

Fewer adults smoke than ever — fifteen percent, according to polls. In a stark example of the income gap, the poor smoke more than the rich. “Cigarette companies are focusing their marketing on lower socioeconomic communities to retain their customer … Continue reading

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It’s time to call your senators

No fool, Mitch McConnell, I suspect, is using the Russia hearings to pass the Senate’s version of the House bill to limit the number of the poor who can get health are, i.e. the health care version of stripping names … Continue reading

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