Archive for December, 2009

ObamaCare Then = ObamaCare Now

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Health Care, health care reform, Legislation, Obama

Ezra Klein did some digging and finds that the health care plans Obama proposed during the campaign season (pdf) closely mirrors what is currently on the table. First, what he said then… The Obama-Biden plan provides new affordable health insurance options by: (1) guaranteeing eligibility for all health insurance plans; (2) creating a National Health […]

December 21st, 2009 | Permalink| 26 Comments »

Open Primaries, Independent Parties, and the Authorities

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in Independence Party of New York, Independents, New York City, Open Primaries

Open Primaries, Independent Parties, and the Authorities Must read on Redding News Review — Lenora Fulani explains why she did not support Bill Thompson in November’s mayoral race in NYC…. *******   With more than 40% of the country being independent, opening up the primaries is an important democratic (small “d”) electoral reform that would […]

December 21st, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Wouldn’t It Have Been Better For Republicans If They Cooperated With Health Care Reform?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Health Care, health care reform, Legislation, Republicans

I noted some months back that it was smart politics for Republicans to compromise on health care. Yes, they’re the minority party, but if they had worked with Dems the size and scope would have been more to their liking. And they could have easily peeled off 2 or 3 moderate Dems so Reid and […]

December 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

CBO Gives Dems A $132B Christmas Present

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Economy, Health Care, health care reform, Legislation, Republicans

Christmas is coming early this year for the Dems. With the news that Ben Nelson is falling in line so Dems can avoid a filibuster, the passage of this health care bill has become much more likely (almost a certainty?). Basically, Republicans can cry foul about socialism and fiscal irresponsibility all they want, but they […]

December 19th, 2009 | Permalink| 6 Comments »

HUGE: Democrats Have 60 Votes For Health Care Bill

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Health Care, health care reform, Legislation, Nebraska, Senate

They got Ben Nelson. From Wash Post: Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), the final Democratic holdout on health care, announced to his colleagues Saturday morning that he would support the Senate reform bill, clearing the way for final passage by Christmas of President Obama’s top domestic policy priority. Asked if he had secured the 60 votes […]

December 19th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Justin’s Short Winter’s Nap

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging

Hey all, I’ve been dormant these past couple weeks given work and other obligations, so I wanted to write and tell everybody what’s been going on. First and foremost, I’ve been focusing on my job over at AMC. We just launched a new website in late October and you can imagine how much work that […]

December 18th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

The Healthcare and the Lieberman

By donar | Related entries in Cartoons, Congress, Health Care, health care reform, Political Graffiti, Reid

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December 17th, 2009 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Major Parties, Minor Parties and Anti-Parties

By Nancy Hanks | Related entries in News

Major Parties, Minor Parties and Anti-Parties Momentum continues to build for open primaries in California, and most but not all partisans (including minor partisans like Libertarians and Greens) don’t support primaries that would allow everyone including nonpartisans to participate in the first round of voting… NYC Independence Party (aka the “anti-party Party because of its […]

December 16th, 2009 | Permalink| 25 Comments »

Health Care: Cost Estimates may Scuttle Plan

By Frank Hagan | Related entries in health care reform

CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of Health and Human Services, has provided some analysis of the new senate plan forwarded by a group of Democratic senators and majority leader Reid. The “estimated financial effects” include some that may cause some moderate Democrats to withdraw support. An estimated 5 million Americans are […]

December 14th, 2009 | Permalink| 39 Comments »

Tiger’s Hiatus

By donar | Related entries in Cartoons, Political Graffiti, Sports

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December 12th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »