March 23, 2012 |
Let's play a game: I'll describe a health-care bill to you. Then you tell me if I'm describing President Obama's Affordable Care Act or the budget released this week by Rep. Paul Ryan. The bill works like this: The federal government subsidizes Americans to participate in health-insurance markets known as "exchanges. " In the exchanges, insurers can't discriminate based on pre-existing conditions. Individuals can choose to go without insurance, but if they do so, they pay a penalty.
November 2, 2011 |
Arnold Bennett, 71, a Democratic consultant and grass-roots organizer who played a key role in shaping strategy for President Bill Clinton's unsuccessful campaign for nationwide health insurance coverage, died Oct. 26 at George Washington University Hospital. He died after an apparent heart attack, said his wife, Nancy Bennett. Mr. Bennett began his career in politics in New York working as a campaign staffer for Shirley Chisholm in 1968, when she became the first...
October 14, 2011 |
Backed by loyal legions of heavily caffeinated customers, Starbucks over the past two decades has planted its green-and-white logo on mall parking lots and Main Streets — sometimes twice in the same block — from Maine to California. During the early years of conquest, Starbucks showed up everywhere to offer the middle-class masses their fix of its dark-roasted brew along with cushy couches, sparkling bathrooms and smooth jazz. Now the company is offering more than just pumpkin-spiced...
May 2, 2011 |
The news of Osama bin Laden's death may have consumed Capitol Hill Monday, but it didn't alter House Republicans' plans to continue their months-long quest to defund President Obama 's health-care plan. Unable to decapitate last year's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act , the GOP has decided instead to administer death by 1,000 cuts — with two more cuts coming this week. On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to vote on a pair of bills: One would repeal funding from the...
February 27, 2010 |
As Democratic leaders begin to negotiate what they hope will be a health-care endgame, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that President Obama 's support for key House Democratic priorities had increased the likelihood that a version of the massive bill now stuck in the Senate could become law. Pelosi told reporters that Obama's 11-page blueprint for health-care reform, released in advance of Thursday's White House summit ...
February 23, 2010 |
Thirteen months after taking office, Barack Obama has finally told us precisely what he wants in a health-care bill. I can't help but think he'd be in better shape if he had done this a long, long time ago. If you step back and look at this strange situation, both the House and the Senate have passed their versions of Obamacare, and yet it's not exactly close to becoming law. Letting the Hill barons write the bills turns out to have been...