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Richard Kirsch

Obamacare’s Nine Lives

If Obamacare survives the latest Supreme Court challenge, it will really be the cat with nine lives.

May 26, 2015
A soldier assigned to the International Security Assistance Force patrols the streets of Mazar-e Sharif. Soldiers assigned to ISAF, Regional Command North, are currently deployed in support of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, operating to reduce insurgency, support growth of the Afghan National Security Forces, and facilitate governance and socio-economic development. ISAF Regional Command North. (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler, via Wikimedia Commons)

Risky War Business

The American people must demand a new definition of security that means more than new and bigger guns.

March 23, 2015

Obama’s ‘Middle-Class Economics’ Has To Be About Fairness And Prosperity

The fairer “middle-class economics” described in the State of the Union are also the right policies to help the economy grow.

January 22, 2015

Van Hollen Tax Proposal An Economic And Political Home Run

Democrats are finally having the economic conversation they want.

January 13, 2015

Chuck Schumer And The Democrats’ Identity Crisis: Economic Policy Vs. Rhetoric

A populist message can’t save the Democratic Party if its leaders continue to serve Wall Street.

December 22, 2014

News Flash: Progressives Have A Winning Economic Narrative — And Democrats Who Used It Won

Democrats can connect with voters by telling a story about how they’ll make the economy work for all of us.

November 11, 2014

Corporate Tax Deserters

A growing number of companies are pretending to move abroad and shortchanging us all.

September 26, 2014

Port Drivers Take On Low Wages In An Industry Built On A Lie

Port truck drivers aren’t independent contractors: They’re employees of companies that pay them too little for long hours, with no benefits or worker protections. It’s a David and Goliath story, only in this case there are 120 Davids taking on a hidden Goliath of an industry that every day touches everyone who is reading this in hundreds […]

July 14, 2014

SCOTUS Ruling Doesn’t Gut Public Unions, But Creates New Challenges For Care Workers

The Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn will make it harder for home care and child care workers to organize for better pay and higher quality jobs. A huge sigh of relief mixed with curses. That’s my reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision today to block home care workers in Illinois from being required to pay union dues, […]

June 30, 2014

CEO Performance Pay Is Bad For Everyone Except CEOs

Executive compensation is soaring while workers and taxpayers feel the squeeze. A new Roosevelt Institute white paper explains why. Americans hate the fact that CEOs of big corporations keep raking in millions while the incomes of most American households are sinking. Now a new Roosevelt Institute white paper by University of Massachusetts economist William Lazonick adds to the growing case […]

June 6, 2014

In The Wake Of McCutcheon, Can Democracy Tame Capital?

With wealth concentrating in the hands of the few, and the Supreme Court handing even greater political power to those with big money, what can be done to protect democracy? The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision, making it even easier for the rich to buy political power, highlights the big question raised by Thomas Piketty’s new instant economic […]

April 4, 2014

The ACA In Threes: The Good, The Bad And The Ways To Make It Better

With the first open enrollment period ending Monday, consider some successes, outrages, and bug fixes for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Good: Three Big Successes of ACA: The Affordable Care Act is saving people’s lives: Already. Like Kathy Bentzoni, a Pennsylvania schoolbus driver, who dropped her old insurance because it was expensive and rejecting claims […]

April 1, 2014

Republicans Can’t Win By Attacking Health Care In 2014

For me, the fact that Republicans keep using the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – as a political football is a tragedy. Sure, the law has problems, but it is already saving lives and improving the health of millions of Americans. Thankfully, it seems that Republicans who are counting on attacking the health reform system […]

March 20, 2014

In VW Vote, Republicans Fight The Really Radical Idea That Workers Should Have A Voice In Business

When a company is not fighting against a union, why do that union’s efforts fail — and what does that say about the U.S. model for labor? Current management theory recognizes that businesses do better when employees are involved in decision making. But that trend ran smack into the paternalistic view that workers are replaceable […]

February 19, 2014

Republican Alternative To Obamacare: Pay More, Get Less, Put The Insurance Companies Back In Charge

Now that Republicans have put out an alternative to the Affordable Care Act, Democrats should emphasize what a repeal would really mean for Americans’ health. Boy, can Democrats have fun with the new Republican alternative to Obamacare. It puts the health insurance companies back in charge and raises costs for almost all Americans. In particular, […]

January 29, 2014

Looking To 2014: The Emerging Movement For The Next New Deal

The rise of new progressive organizing is cause to believe that economic reform and a shift toward broadly shared prosperity are within reach. Thomas Edsall, who now is capping off his long career writing insightfully about the relationship between economics and public opinion as a blogger for The New York Times, concluded a piece in late December by saying, […]

January 3, 2014

Farewell To Health Care For America Now

The campaign that won passage of health care reform is closing up shop, but its grassroots organizing efforts will stand as a model of success for progressives. Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the grassroots campaign that powered passage of the Affordable Care Act, is about to close its doors, as planned when the campaign […]

December 22, 2013

President’s Insurance Announcement Keeps Eyes On The Prize

By allowing people to keep their current plans for another year, even if those plans are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act, the president has retained a focus on the most important thing: insuring more Americans. President Obama’s move to allow people to keep their current insurance plans for a year, as long as […]

November 15, 2013

Story Wars: Why Personal Stories Are Shaping The Health Care Battleground

It’s natural for negative stories about the Affordable Care Act to have the biggest impact, but media bias is obscuring the facts. More than any other public policy issue, health care is very personal. So it is not surprising that personal stories are a central battleground for the public perception of the Affordable Care Act. […]

November 8, 2013

The Origins Of ‘If You Like Your Health Insurance, You Can Keep It’

President Obama used a slight exaggeration to counteract Republican fear-mongering and provide more and better health coverage to all Americans. There are good reasons why President Obama’s leading message on health care during the 2008 campaign, often repeated since, was “if you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” That message was created to […]

November 4, 2013

Block A Grand Bargain With Bold Progressive Solutions To Social Security And Medicare

Going into the post-shutdown budget discussions, progressives should take the offensive with proposals that would fix problems with Social Security and Medicare without any cuts. Republicans may not have succeeded in defunding the nation’s newest social insurance program, Obamacare, but they now are aiming at the foundational programs, Social Security and Medicare. And this time, […]

October 22, 2013

Inequality for All Is ‘The Progressive Economic Narrative: The Movie’

The new film starring Robert Reich delivers a powerful message about what’s wrong with the economy, though it may leave viewers wondering what they can do about it. With the release of the documentary Inequality for All today, the core progressive story about what is wrong with the economy is now on the silver screen. For those […]

September 30, 2013

The Next Real Fight For Obamacare Will Be In 2014

Progressives must get out in front of the battle to preserve the biggest expansion of the social safety net in decades. It’s been 100 years since ideological conservatives joined with doctors and insurance companies to kill the first movement in the United States for what was then called “compulsory health care.” Now, on the eve […]

September 24, 2013

Why Unions Are Essential To Tackling The Technology Challenge To Good Jobs

New technology is keeping more and more workers stuck in low-wage jobs, and it’s society’s responsibility to make sure those jobs still have dignity and fair wages. With robots taking over factories and warehouses, toll collectors and cashiers increasingly being replaced by automation and even legal researchers being replaced by computers, the age-old question of […]

September 2, 2013

The Amazon Economy Undercuts Obama’s Message

The president is promoting a business model that puts everything we want just a click away — except for good jobs with decent wages. On Tuesday, President Obama gave a great speech on why good jobs are the foundation for his middle-out economic strategy… from a huge Amazon warehouse where the workers do not have […]

August 2, 2013