Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
health care
Kimmel

#EndorseThis: With Al Franken, Jimmy Kimmel Again Blasts Graham-Cassidy

Following two nights of intense monologues against the Graham-Cassidy bill, Jimmy Kimmel doubled down again on Thursday with a special guest appearance by Senator Al Franken (R-MN) — whose combination of wit and wonkish wisdom is so reliably effective against right-wing lies. “Usually I don’t like it when comedians get involved in politics,” Franken deadpans, […]

September 22, 2017
Kimmel

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out Cassidy Over Health Bill “Scam”

Jimmy Kimmel is usually a sunny, funny guy. But at the moment, he’s very, very angry. So angry, in fact, that the comedian and late-night host devoted his Tuesday night monologue to a rant about Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), co-sponsor with Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of the latest Republican attempt to gut the health care system. […]

September 20, 2017

Krugman: Don’t Let Russia Distract Us When Health Care For Millions Is At Risk

In 2017, many Americans start their day by calling their senators and begging them not to take away their health care. Others show up at government offices or to protests on the street. It’s stressful and occasionally demeaning, but as Paul Krugman reminds us in his Monday column, we can’t stop now.

July 25, 2017
Moore

CNN Is Paying Stephen Moore To Lie To Its Viewers About Health Care

Discredited economic pundit and former Trump campaign adviser Stephen Moore continues embarrassing CNN during news segments with his supposed policy expertise. Media Matters compared two of Moore’s recent appearances — one in which he appeared alongside a credentialed policy expert, and one in which he faced only an ill-prepared network host — and found distinct differences in the tone of each discussion. These differences demonstrate the dangers of news outlets continuing to rely on unscrupulous hangers-on from the Trump administration to comment on policy issues.

July 17, 2017
health care

America’s Real Health Care Debate: How To Stop Insurers From Robbing Us Blind

The Republican solution—free markets and choice—is a return to the bad old days. When you scratch below the surface, it doesn’t add up. Insurance works best with a large pool (mandate), core coverage (10 Essential Benefits) and a limit on maximum out-of-pocket costs (caps).

July 17, 2017
health care

Democrats, Reframe Health Care Debate So Americans Know You’re On Their Side

Drop the qualifier. Democrats—please stop leading with “we know it could be better” and “we are ready to work with Republicans.” You think it makes us sound less partisan, but it makes us sound weak, like we don’t even believe in the bill we fought for. 

July 16, 2017
Krugman

Paul Krugman: Republicans Are On The Brink Of Completing A Long, Deadly Con

On Thursday, the New York Times columnist called Republicans’ efforts to roll back some of the savage Medicaid cuts a “scam.” That’s because McConnell’s health care legislation dictates tax-favored health savings accounts pay insurance premiums. This would not only enable the rich to set up huge tax shelters, but subject them to marginal tax rates, providing obscene savings.

July 14, 2017
Senate

Senate Health Care Bill Would Leave 22 Million Without Insurance

Republicans have targeted Obamacare since it was passed in 2010, viewing it as costly government intrusion and saying that individual insurance markets are collapsing. The legislation expanded health coverage to some 20 million Americans, through provisions such as mandating that individuals obtain health insurance and expanding Medicaid.

June 26, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: Defective At Birth

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from theWall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of the […]

June 22, 2017
kimmel test

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel’s Radically Simple ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test’

Lest anyone consider Kimmel too partisan, he then opened up a friendly dialogue via remote with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who said publicly that any health care bill should pass “the Jimmy Kimmel test,” meaning every child in America must be fully insured.

The comic naturally found that pleasing, but pressed Cassidy toward a broader and more democratic definition. And before the senator departed, Kimmel presented him with a new, improved, and much more radical “Jimmy Kimmel test” for American health care, plus an obvious way to pay for it.

May 9, 2017
Danziger on health care

Danziger: It May Kill You First

Danziger is looking forward to the next iteration of the Republican replacement for Obamacare — although it can hardly be as much fun as the last one.

April 21, 2017
Joe Kennedy

#EndorseThis: Joe Kennedy III Calls Out GOP Hypocrisy

Honing in on Speaker Paul Ryan’s claim that the House bill is “an act of mercy,” Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) set out to expose the obvious hypocrisy in a party that claims to have the best interest of the working-class at heart.

March 10, 2017
Democrats

5 Things The GOP Won’t Tell You About Obamacare

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Donald Trump told The Washington Post a few days before he was sworn in.
You can bet no one has any idea what that actually means. That includes Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, who dodged details at a confirmation hearing on Tuesday. It also includes Trump, who has yet to demonstrate that he actually knows what’s in the Affordable Care Act, let alone how he would replace it.

February 1, 2017
Danziger on Trump split with Republicans over health care

Danziger: The Best Medicine

Discord between Trump and Congressional Republicans over how to replace Obamacare threatens to drive the GOP over an ideological cliff — or so Danziger fondly imagines.

January 17, 2017
Trump, Ryan health care

Why The GOP Expects To Get Away With Uninsuring Millions (And How To Stop Them)

Obamacare is a modern miracle that has expanded coverage to record levels, cut the federal deficit and expanded the life of Medicare, while adding benefits and protections for every insured American. Yet the GOP has managed to make it an entirely polarized issue, with voters who rely on the law voting against Democrats out of spite.

January 8, 2017
Senate Democratic leader Schumer warns against Obamacare repeal

Schumer Warns Obamacare Repeal Will ‘Make America Sick Again’

Seizing Trump’s campaign slogan, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer sternly signaled Republicans on their plans to repeal Obamacare and cut Medicare and Medicaid.

January 5, 2017
A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos

Network Evening Newscasts Have Abandoned Policy Coverage For 2016 Campaign

Since the beginning of 2016, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News have devoted just 32 minutes to issues coverage. Just eight years ago, the network newscasts devoted 220 minutes to issues coverage.

October 27, 2016
Lisa Collinsworth (R) holds her baby son Luke during a visit with him at Lily's Place, a treatment center for opioid-dependent newborns in Huntington, West Virginia, October 19, 2015. Picture taken October 19, 201REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Opioid Epidemic Costs Health Care System Billions

Fatalities related to opioids are rising drastically — in 2014, about 18,893 overdose deaths in the U.S. were related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 deaths were related to heroin. A new study reported that prescription opioid overdose, abuse, and dependence in the U.S. has cost more than lives; it has added up to an estimated total economic burden of $78.5 billion.

September 19, 2016
The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Obamacare Under President Hillary Clinton

We may be getting ahead of ourselves assuming that Hillary Clinton will be next president, but let’s proceed on that (comforting) notion. Few are better prepared to preserve and improve upon the Affordable Care Act than Clinton, who’s long immersed herself in health care policy.

August 12, 2016
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders holds up his notes while speaking about his attempts to influence the Democratic party's platform during a speech in Albany, New York, U.S., June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

How Bernie Sanders Made A Meaningless Procedural Document Matter

The Democratic counterparts first met in mid-June to find common ground, in a reportedly tense meeting during which Clinton reportedly asked what it would take to land an endorsement from the Vermont Senator

July 11, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) takes questions at a news conference after his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Washington, US, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

House Speaker Ryan Unveils Republican Alternative To Obamacare

The Ryan plan recycles long-held Republican proposals like allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, expanding the use of health savings accounts and giving states block grants to run the Medicaid program for the poor.

June 22, 2016
The crowd cheers as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Fort Collins

Sanders Must Level With His Young Voters

Here’s the thing about these right-leaning activists: Sometimes they have a candidate they adore. Sometimes they don’t. But they vote.

March 1, 2016
Bernie Sanders

Sanders’ Single-Payer Plan Is A Distraction

The problem with Bernie Sanders’ health care vision isn’t the vision. The problem is the politics — the reality of which battle-scarred Hillary Clinton clearly has the better grasp.

January 19, 2016