Archive for ‘Health care’

April 12, 2014

A peek at a Koch Brothers’ America

Koch David_As some may know David Koch ran as the vice presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket with then presidential candidate,  Edward Clark. They ran against President Jimmy Carter and Republican candidate, Ronald Reagan on a platform which may have appeared somewhat ridiculous then but sounds disturbingly familiar today. Bernie Sanders, senator of Vermont, was kind enough to dig up this election platform on which David Koch ran 34 years ago and, as we’ve seen in recent years, still clings to. Unfortunately, in today’s political environment he appears to be making headway toward, at least, some of his agenda goals.

 

 

 

Here is a sample of the whole wish list;

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February 14, 2013

The Labored Myths of “Job-Killing” Regulations

Regulation ScalesWith each new bit of regulation proposed a screeching chorus rises from industry pronouncing the dire consequences set to befall the country if even the slightest utterance of such rules are dared spoken. How many times have these warnings of cataclysm been heard? And how many times have they come to pass?

October 24, 2012

Daily Scoop: Gender Gap in Election Coverage

 

 

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September 15, 2012

Daily Scoop: Why judges are dismantling the GOP agenda

A year after Wisconsin exploded in protest over Republican legislation to gut collective bargaining for public employees, a Wisconsin judge has nullified the law, ruling on Friday that it violates workers’ equal rights under the Constitution.

Those dramatic union reforms and the political theater it sparked last year turned Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker into a Republican hero and helped balance the state’s budget.

With its focus on a signature Republican law, Friday’s ruling also highlights a series of state and federal rulings over the last year that have turned back major tenets of a Republican agenda fueled by the massive electoral victories the party brought home in November 2010, when it took over the House of Representatives and won nine governorships.

August 3, 2012

Why We Will Vote for Obama Again

August 1, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Studies reveal Romney-GOP plans place burdens on poor & Seniors

Romney tax plan would shift burden to poor

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Mitt Romney’s tax plan would provide large tax cuts to the very wealthy, while increasing the tax burden on the lower and middle classes, according to a study released Wednesday.

The report — produced by researchers at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center — illustrates just how difficult it would be to recoup government revenue lost under Romney’s plan.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s tax plan calls for 20% cuts to today’s Bush-era income tax rates. He would also eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Those tax cuts would lead to a sharp decline in government revenue. Yet Romney insists he will make up the difference in-part by limiting deductions, exemptions and credits currently available to top-level income earners.

July 13, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Unpopular Mandate

An interesting article tracing the evolution of the Republican Party’s love-hate relationship with the individual mandate from their 20 years supporting it to their paradigm shift as it became part of the Democrats’ health care reform.

On March 23, 2010, the day that President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act  into law, fourteen state attorneys general filed suit against the law’s  requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance, on the ground that it  was unconstitutional. It was hard to find a law professor in the country who  took them seriously. “The argument about constitutionality is, if not frivolous,  close to it,” Sanford Levinson, a University of Texas law-school professor, told  the McClatchy newspapers.

July 12, 2012

The Daily Scoop: ACA “Largest Tax Increase in History”

A new ad attacks Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on the health care law and claims to have “the facts.” But then it trots out a series of well-worn distortions.

The ad is from an outside spending group called American Commitment, which said on its website that it supports “free markets, economic growth, constitutionally limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.” It’s a 501(c)4, so it doesn’t have to disclose its donors. (For more details about American Commitment’s connections and spending, check out this report from the Washington Post.)

July 9, 2012

Health Care vs. Politics: Who Wins?

In light of the growing number of Republican governors’ refusals to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the most prominent of which being Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas, it becomes prudent to contemplate the trends of access to care, residents’ health status and the political leanings of individual states across the country.

June 30, 2012

Health Care Reform Quiz: How much do you know?

In a historic, high-stakes showdown, the US Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s health-care reform law. How well do you know the law and the underlying issues? Take our quiz to find out.

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