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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Medicare
affordable health care and Medicare for all

The Way Forward: How To Protect And Improve Affordable Health Care

Democrats cannot limit themselves to defensive efforts to salvage the Affordable Care Act at either the federal or the state level. They need to think about a more attractive national agenda in health care that reflects the lessons of the ACA and new political realities. The coming national Democratic debate is going to focus on extending Medicare—to whom, how quickly, and under what rules will be the questions.

March 24, 2017
Mnuchin tax plan

An Open Letter Of Thanks To Trump Voters From The Billionaires

We billionaires just wanted to say a quick thanks for voting for Donald Trump without paying nearly any attention to what his actual policies would be. It’s the least we can do, given that you’ve already done so much for us.

Whether we enjoy restoring natural coal-flavoring to river water or seeing the cabinet stocked with our fellow billionaires and buddies from Goldman Sachs, it’s the little things — like being allowed to destroy the climate so we can be a tiny bit richer — that we appreciate so very much.

March 13, 2017
affordable health care and Medicare for all

In Secret, The GOP Is Also Planning To Gut Medicaid And Medicare

But the real dirty secret that the GOP will likely refuse ever to admit is that its plan to eliminate the ACA is also a stealth plan to gut one of the most popular things the government has ever done that didn’t involve killing Osama bin Laden — Medicaid — while laying the ground work to gut another — Medicare.

Nobody — at least nobody in the Republican Party — seems to understand that Americans love their public health insurance much better than they like Donald Trump.

March 6, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

It’s Time To Grab The GOP By Tom Price’s Seat

If the outrage in the streets and town halls is matched by a stunning electoral defeat in Tom Price’s Georgia district, it could put the fear of getting gnawed at the polls in the mind of the Republicans who represent swing states.

February 13, 2017
Tom Price, a rabid Obamacare critic, tapped to lead the HHS

Senate Confirms Obamacare Opponent As Health Secretary

The Senate voted 52-47 on Friday to confirm Representative Tom Price as the top U.S. healthcare official, putting a determined opponent of Obamacare in position to help President Donald Trump dismantle the healthcare law. Price, in his new job, will have authority to rewrite rules implementing the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

February 10, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

Study: 43,000 Americans Could Die Because Of Obamacare Repeal

As researchers David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler explain, “The biggest and most definitive study of what happens to death rates when Medicaid coverage is expanded found that for every 455 people who gained coverage across several states, one life was saved per year. Applying that figure to even a conservative estimate of 20 million losing coverage in the event of an ACA repeal yields an estimate of 43,956 deaths annually.”

January 24, 2017
Can the Democratic Party mobilize energy that drove Women's March?

The Tyranny of A Minority President Has Begun — And So Has The Resistance

As he was about to take the oath of office, Trump’s team announced plans for $10.5 trillion in cuts based on a plan devised by the Heritage Foundation — a plan that includes huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Defense Department.

January 23, 2017
Business, Trump

Business Euphoria Over Trump Gives Way To Caution And Confusion

Early optimism among business lobbyists and executives that Donald Trump’s election heralded better days has slowly given way to uncertainty as the president-elect fires off mixed and sometimes confusing messages on healthcare, taxes, and trade.

January 18, 2017
Trump's Obamacare repeal promise: insurance for everybody

Trump’s Big Health Care Promise: ‘Insurance For Everybody’

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told the Washington Post. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” Trump was also quoted as saying in the interview that he would target pharmaceutical companies over drug pricing and insist they negotiate directly with the Medicare and Medicaid government health plans for the elderly and poor.

January 16, 2017
Obamacare, Healthcare

Killing Obamacare Would Kill Jobs

Republicans already knew that Obamacare was not a job killer. It was not “government-run” health insurance. There never were “death panels.” It was all a big play to win elections.

January 12, 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
Trumpcare

10 Important Ways Obamacare Has Helped The Average American

Media outlets must contextualize the impact of repealing Obamacare in terms of the gains that have already been achieved and how those improvements will be affected or reversed by Republican policies.

January 5, 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
Trump, Ryan health care

Trump’s Broken Promise Will Doom Thousands Of His Voters

Back when the president’s health reform plan first passed, Republicans and their media echoes warned loudly about mythical “death panels” embedded in his legislation. Now, the voters who believed that nonsense are about to meet the real death panel — led by Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate leader Mitch McConnell, and Rep. Tom Price, the Georgia Republican slated to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

December 20, 2016
Paul Ryan, ACA, Obamacare

How Paul Ryan Plans To Teach Scrooge A Lesson

Ebenezer Scrooge may be Charles Dickens’ personification of everything that is wrong with unfettered greed. But to Paul Ryan, Scrooge — with his estimated net worth of $1.6 billion — is a proud example of those job creators that he calls “small businessmen.”

December 19, 2016
Obamacare, Republicans

Let Republicans Fix What They Break

What if Republicans abruptly repealed Obamacare, chaos ensued and Democrats sat on their hands and watched? Democrats would be doing the right thing, both for the American people and for themselves.

December 13, 2016
Trump's Wall Street fealty signaled by hiring three top officials from Goldman Sachs

Wall Street Won Bigly By Running Against Wall Street

Wall Street loves Trump — as you can tell by the extended orgasm the stock market has been enjoying since he won. From his massive tax breaks for the rich to Republican plans to privatize everything from Medicare to roads to schools, the bankers won bigly.

December 12, 2016
Trump Congressional address

5 Idiotic Trump Moments This Week

It’s beginning to look like Donald Trump does not know how this whole president-ing thing works. And since he has the curiosity level of a pet rock, chances don’t seem great that he’ll be learning anytime soon.

December 4, 2016
Trump rabbit hole

Trump’s Rabbit Hole Is Getting Deeper By The Day

If you’re feeling a little like Alice in Trumpland these days, it’s no wonder. Reality has been turned upside own, grossly distorted, rendered a hall-of-mirrors hallucination.

December 2, 2016
Cartoon: How Trump and Price will kill Medicare

Cartoon: Paging Dr. Price

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings, syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group, 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 the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia.  He […]

December 1, 2016
Trump Price Medicare Health

Trump Pledged To Protect Medicare, But His Choice For HHS Has Other Ideas

In tapping Rep. Tom Price to be his Health and Human Services secretary, Trump has elevated one of the most aggressive proponents of dramatically overhauling the government safety net for seniors and low-income Americans.

November 30, 2016
Obama, Trump

A Brain Scientist Explains How To Turn Trump Into A ‘Loser’

How to defeat a master of self-promotion like Trump? Start by pointing out that he is the biggest popular vote loser ever to win the Electoral College.

November 27, 2016
Trump, China

We Need To Stop Pretending Donald Trump Isn’t Good At This

Trump possesses a totalitarian genius for occupying our political discourse with the sort of bullshit that feeds his fame and appeals to Americans who feel victimized by change.

November 21, 2016
affordable health care and Medicare for all

Medicare: Trump’s Most Blatant Bait-and-Switch Lie

The champion of working people is setting about destroying every safety net. Why do Republicans want to destroy successful government programs?

November 19, 2016
liberals protest against trump

5 Ways You Can Fight Back Against Donald Trump

I doubt I’ll ever forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made, but — like you — now all I can do is fight back against Trump. Here is what I think we need to do next.

November 14, 2016