• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Subscribe
  • RSS

Some Observations On The Debate Over Health Care And Insurance, Part II

Caduceus

Part Two in a series of observations about health care and health insurance in light of the introduction of the House GOP’s health care plan. This post examines several ideas advanced by conservatives, and the reasons they aren’t complete answers to the problems we face.

Senate Democrats Split On Strategy For Gorsuch Nomination

Trump Neil Gorsuch

Senate Democrats are divided on how to approach the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, making it likely that he’ll be confirmed.

Congressional Budget Office Score Is Bad News For GOP’s American Health Care Act

congress-healthcare

The Congressional Budget Office delivered some bad news yesterday to House Republicans on their replacement for Obamacare.

Rep. Steve King Endorses Racist ‘White Nationalism’

Steve King

Iowa Congressman Steve King is causing controversy yet again with his comments in support of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

The Most Transparent Presidency Ever

us-politics

A couple of weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine claimed that the Trump administration was “the most transparent in [her] lifetime.”  This bounces around in my head with some frequency, especially when I see stories like the following (via NBC):  After Pledging to Donate Salary, Trump Declines to Release Proof. President Donald Trump pledged to […]

The Silent Secretary

Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, “the phantom of Foggy Bottom.”

This Health Care Proposal is a Train-Wreck

us-politics

Via the NYT,  The G.O.P.’s High-Risk Strategy for Health Law Repeal: Under the proposed House legislation, individuals would no longer be subject to a penalty if they go without health insurance, a politically popular change that would be retroactive to 2016. But they would still enjoy the protections of the Affordable Care Act: Insurers would have to […]

Today in Incredible Claims: HHS Sec Price

us-politics

Via MTP: No one will be adversely affected by the Republicans’ new health care bill once it’s enacted and more people would be covered, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. “I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through,” Price insisted when pressed by NBC’s […]

In Which Martin O’Malley Kind Of Misses The Point

us-politics

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who made a bid for the Democratic nomination for President that barely registered with his party, is musing about what happened to his campaign: Martin O’Malley remembers running for president like this: He is on a train, heading for a bridge. He can see the bridge is giving out. He […]

Michael Flynn, Trump’s Former National Security Adviser, Was Working For Turkey

Michael Flynn

More conflicts of interest for the Trump Administration.

One More on the Problems at State

us-politics

Via Vox: The astonishing dysfunction of Trump’s State Department, in one quote Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, was in Washington. The Los Angeles Times’s Tracy Wilkinson asked State spokesperson Mark Toner what the plans were for his visit. Toner, a highly regarded career foreign service officer, apparently had no idea that a key foreign dignitary was […]

Thoughts about the Trump National Security Team

State Department

Trump appears to undervaluing existing bureaucracies listening more to hacks and ideologues.

The Weakness of Secretary Tillerson

us-politics

Robert Jervis writes at Foreign Policy that  Rex Tillerson Might Be the Weakest Secretary of State Ever: Tillerson’s position here is very weak. President Donald Trump has shown his lack of faith in him by vetoing his choice for the No. 2 position in his department, Elliott Abrams. Tillerson has also been absent for most of Trump’s […]

That’s the Main Point, isn’t it?

us-politics

Via the NYT:  Wealthy Would Get Billions in Tax Cuts Under Obamacare Repeal Plan It is not unusual for tax cuts to benefit mostly the wealthiest, but still save some money for a majority of Americans. But the benefits of these reductions would be aimed squarely at the top. […] People making $200,000 to $999,999 a […]

Trump Justice Department Tells Remaining U.S. Attorneys To Clean Out Their Desks

Department Of Justice Seal

An unusual, if not unexpected, mass firing at the Justice Department on Friday afternoon.

Some Observations On The Debate Over Health Care And Insurance, Part I

Caduceus

Part One in a series of observations about health care and health insurance in light of the introduction of the House GOP’s health care plan.

February Jobs Report Is Good, But Hardly Great

jobs-want-ads-magnifying-glass

The first Jobs Report for the first full month of the Trump Presidency is out, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Orrin Hatch To Run For Eighth Term In Senate

Orrin_Hatch_3

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who was first elected to the Senate in 1976, has reversed a previous decision and will run for reelection in 2018: Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving GOP senator, told CNN he is planning to run for re-election next year, abandoning his plans to quit the chamber after four decades of […]

Jon Huntsman Tapped To Be Ambassador To Russia

Jon Huntsman

A strong pick for what is likely to be an important Ambassadorial position in coming years.

Hawaii Sues Trump Administration Over Renewed Muslim Ban Executive Order

Gavel And Scales Of Justice

Hawaii is the first state to challenge the Trump Administration’s revised Muslim travel ban.

Policy Analysts From Left, Right, And Center Criticize House GOP Obamacare Replacement

congress-healthcare

Health care policy analysts seem united in their assessment of the House GOP’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act, and it’s overwhelmingly negative.

Majority Supports Independent Counsel To Investigate Ties Between Russia, Trump Campaign

Trump Russia

A majority of Americans support appointment of an Independent Counsel to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 election and the Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia, but we should be careful before taking this step.

Initial Reviews of ACA Replacement not Exactly Stellar

us-politics

Megan McArdle: Heritage Action, Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity — three of the biggest groups that Republicans will need to help them whip their right flank into voting for this thing — have all come out hard against it. Avik Roy and Michael Cannon, two of the leading opponents of Obamacare in the policy community, […]

Ben Carson: Slaves Were Immigrants

Ben Carson Profile

Ben Carson is back and he’s saying some pretty dumb things again.

Republicans Introduce Obamacare Replacement That Leaves Much To Be Desired

congress-healthcare

Whether you call it TrumpCare, RyanCare, or GOPCare, the Republican replacement for the PPACA isn’t very impressive.

Trump Lied, The Truth Died

Donald Trump Shrug

Donald Trump took to Twitter again this morning with predictable results.

Estimates of the Trade and Welfare Effects of NAFTA?

money-investing

I am going to construct a complicated mathematical model of the economy, and then I’m going to calibrate it using some actual data, and in the end I will be able to tell everyone how much better or worse off they are given various changes in the economy. And it will be totally and completely true. Trust me, it’s math and therefore science.

Trump Administration Issues Revised Muslim Travel Ban

Donald Trump

President Trump has issued a revised ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim nations.

Trump Believes Talk Radio Host over FBI Director

us-politics

Via the NYT,  Trump Is Said to Reject Comey Assertion That Wiretapping Claim Is False” President Trump does not accept the contention of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, that Mr. Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama had him wiretapped was false, a White House spokeswoman said on Monday. The New York Times reported on Sunday […]

Is the GOP Serious about Governing?

republicans-elephant-flag-shadow

Can the GOP govern? Do they want to or know how to? (Does it matter?).

Supreme Court Punts Transgender Bathroom Case Back To Fourth Circuit

Transgender Bathroom Sign

The Supreme Court has decided to return the case involving a transgender student’s right to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity to the Fourth Circuit rather than deciding it during this term.

Today in Depressing Quotes (State Department Edition)

us-politics

From a piece in The Atlantic (The State of Trump’s State Department) that is worth a read: “I don’t think this administration thinks the State Department needs to exist. They think Jared [Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law] can do everything. It’s reminiscent of the developing countries where I’ve served. The family rules everything, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs […]

Pay For Play At Mar-A-Lago

Mar-A-Lago

Donald Trump’s “Winter White House,” which has effectively become a “Weekend White House,” is basically selling access to the President.

Trump’s Economic Ignorance Costing the U.S. Jobs

Robot Assembly Line

Trump’s attempt to fix the balance of trade will almost surely end up leaving us all worse off.

That Moment when you Realize the Best Picture is Selected more Democratically than is POTUS…

Actually, I already new that (indeed, even the older FPTP system is more democratic than the electoral college) but I was listening to a podcast yesterday that mentioned the Oscar’s voting procedure and it hit me that that was a good way to bring, in at least small measure, some attention to how voting rules […]

GWB on SNL

us-politics

Via NPR: Bush said imitations of him by Will Ferrell and others didn’t bother him “at all.” He said he loves humor and that “the best humor is when you make fun of yourself.”

Tapp, Tapp, Tapp: The Truly Bizarre Tweets of the Day

Trump Twitter

@POTUS claims his phones were tapped by the Obama administration. At this point the evidence appears to be talk radio.

POTUS Tweets Like a Blog Commenter

Twitter Facebook

The tu quoque presidency rocks on.

45 Seems Unclear on how Government Works

us-politics

@POTUS Tweets: Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017 a) This is not unusual. I expect most ambassadors, especially from major powers, have been to the White House a similar number […]

Janet Yellin Hints At Another Rate Increase This Month

Federal Reserve Building

Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellin hinted strongly today that we’re likely to see another interest rate increase this month.

Reports About Contact Between Trump Campaign And Russian Officials Continue To Mount

Trump Russia

Another day, another round of reports about contacts with Russian officials and people close to President Trump.

The Buck Stops Elsewhere?

Truman Buck Stops Here

A new Pentagon proposal would place more discretion in the hands of field commanders, removing the need for Presidential approval.

Jeff Sessions Failed To Disclose Contacts With Russian Officials

Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions apparently misled Senators when asked about his contact with Russian officials.

A ‘Trump Slump’ In The U.S. Travel Industry?

Air France Plane

Travel industry experts are reporting a noticeable drop in international travel and tourism since Donald Trump was elected President.

Trump Administration Delays New Muslim Immigration Ban Order

Immigration Capitol Dome

The announcement of a new Muslim travel ban Executive Order has been delayed once again.

Trump’s Best Speech Was Still Pretty Awful

Trump-Speech-Congress

It was both the best speech Trump has ever given and the worst presidential address I can recall

George W. Bush Speaks Out Against President Trump

Well, at least someone has a backbone.

Trump To Propose Massive And Unnecessary Increase In Military Spending

pentagon1

Reports indicate that President Trump will seek to increase military spending. We don’t need to, and we can’t really afford it.

Trump Supporters Starting To Lose Faith?

Donald Trump Shrug

One month in, some Trump supporters are starting to wonder if he will actually deliver on what he promised.

Trump To Skip White House Correspondent’s Dinner

White House Correspondents Dinner

This year’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner will be missing one high-profile guest.

Newer Posts »
« Older Posts