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|BREAKING: Montana about to expand Medicaid
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic In breaking news, the Montana House of Representatives passed a Medicaid Expansion Bill to a final reading by a 54-46 vote yesterday. The expansion called ...
|GOP slows Obama judicial confirmations to crawl
(Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic ) Much of the focus in the Senate right now is justifiably on the GOP majority's slow-walking Loretta Lynch's confirmation vote for attorney general on the ...
|New Oregon motor-voter law drastically eases registration, but still leaves a few blind spots
(Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic ) Newly minted Oregon Governor Kate Brown kicked her administration off with a bang on March 16 by signing a motor-voter bill on steroids into law. The law ...
|How Minnesota barely eascaped Wisconsin's fate
(Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic ) On March 15, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten published an Op-ed in the Huffington Post contrasting the recent economic ...
|Medicaid Expansion Keeps Creeping Forward -- and Proves Surprisingly Resilient
Cross posted at The Makeshift Academic With the results of the 2014 elections, the pace of Medicaid expansion has become frustratingly slow for progressives. However, the overall picture has two ...
|Obamacare is about People, not States
Crossposted at The Makeshift Academic On January 30, Ezra Klein posted an insightful Vox piece about one of the great ironies of the Affordable Care Act. After a lot of thought of my own, however, ...
|Grassroots push leads to negotiated minimum wage hike in Michigan
(Cross-posted at the Makeshift Academic ) The dust has cleared on a brouhaha surrounding a proposed minimum wage hike in Michigan. The good guys (mostly) won – thanks to grassroots organizing, ...
|Boggs nomination is a mere hiccup -- Obama judges (good ones) getting confirmed on large scale
(Cross posted at the Makeshift Academic ) There’s been a lot of frustration among Progressives over Republican senators continuing to block Obama judicial picks in committee thanks ...
|How senior judges slow progressive turnover in U.S. Courts
(Cross posted at the Makeshift Academic ) With the filibuster dead for most executive appointments, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has stepped on the gas for judicial appointments this spring. ...
|Senate confirmation update -- Obama getting more appointments through
(Cross posted at the Makeshift Academic ) Later today, the Senate is going to vote to confirm Michelle T. Friedland to be a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court. You can read up on her here – she’s ...
|Medicaid Expansion: an Historical Perspective
(Cross Posted at The Makeshift Academic ) Since the Supreme Court made the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion optional, many state legislatures and governors; well at least many of them ...
|New Hampshire joins the Medicaid Party
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic It's been lost over the general noise of the debate surrounding the recent close of the enrollment period for the health exchanges, but on March 27, New ...
|Raise the minimum wage to reduce the Medicaid gap
(Cross posted at the Makeshift Academic ) Aaron Carroll of at The Incidental Economist (a must-read blog for those with interest in health care policy) has a really thoughtful post up on the people ...
|Minimum wage options: How high might we go?
(Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic ) So it appears one of the next big issues that's coming to a head is a debate over raising the national minimum wage. New Jersey raised its minimum wage and ...
|Post nuclear update III: The Senate grinds on... two nominees in, two up and eight more on deck
(Cross-posted at the Makeshift Academic ) The Senate cleared one big appointment and one medium-sized one on Monday, confirming Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security and Anne Patterson to ...
|Post-nuclear Senate update: Pillard confirmed; more confirmations on the way
(Cross-posted at the Makeshift Academic ) In a majority rule Senate, apparently a bit of Chai is enough to keep everyone working all night. The "Chai" in question just happens to be Chai Rachel ...
|Post-filibuster stream of confirmations nears: Pillard first up followed by four district judges
(Cross-posted at the Makeshift Academic ) So life in a post-nuclear Senate kicked off on Monday night. We'll take the play-by-play from the Senate Democrats' floor report . Majority Leader Harry ...
|Bring on the death panels!: Senate Confirmations and the IPAB
(Crossposted at the Makeshift Academic ) After the Senate eliminated the filibuster on most nominations, the focus has been on judges, and rightly so. However, one of the lesser-appreciated parts ...
|From Consent to Advice: other possible GOP avenues to block judges
(Cross-posted at the Makeshift Academic ) Yesterday, we all crawled out from our radiation shelters to behold the charred remains of the Senate landscape. You see, Harry "Major Kong" Reid engaged ...
|Medicaid Expansion Rejection Silver Linings: Deficit reduction
(Cross-posted at the Makeshift Academic ) One of the biggest shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (the post-Supreme-Court-decision-haircut version) is that it makes the state Medicaid expansions ...
|Medicaid expansion: Who's next?
(Cross-posted on the Makeshift Academic ) Right now, we're all breathlessly watching the Healthcare.gov to see if glitches are getting fixed and people are signing up, but let's pause from that ...
|Houston responds to grassroots campaign, moves to curb wage theft
(Cross-posted at the Makeshift Academic ) Annise Parker has certainly had a productive two weeks. First, she signs an executive order extending benefits to same-sex married couples , citing ...
|Could a union have prevented the "death of an adjunct"? Perhaps not -- but it might have helped
(Cross posted at the Makeshift Academic ) Slate's LV Anderson has a really thoughtful and well-researched piece up on the circumstances surrounding the untimely death of recently dismissed Duquense ...
|LA- 5: GOP Obamacare "moderate" emerges from the Louisiana jungle, but why?
(Cross Posted at the Makeshift Academic) Sam Knight, a smart guy who occasionally holds down the Washington Monthly's Political Animal Blog for the weekend, notes some interesting election results ...
|ACA Medicaid sign-ups lead the way -- even in states rejecting the expansion
(Cross-posted at the Makeshift Academic ) The feds released the official enrollment stats for the first month of exchange and Medicaid sign-ups (shown in the last two columns of this handy ...
|Mental health finally gets equal status -- and thanks to the ACA, it actually means something
(Cross-Posted at The Makeshift Academic ) Coverage for U.S. Mental health care just got a big boost yesterday. Via the New York Times : The regulations, which specifically put into effect the ...
|Obamacare's other subsidy: Help with cost-sharing
(Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic ) Richard Mayhew over at Balloon Juice just pointed out a very important (but little known) part of health reform: subsidies for low-income people to ...
|New Texas Prop 6 water fund offers some risks -- but also huge opportunities
(Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic ) Imagine that it's January 2015 and new Governor Wendy Davis announces her first major budget initiative with a speech in drought-ravaged central Texas: My ...
|Why I'm a liberal democrat (and a Liberal Democrat): respecting the rules of the game
(Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic ) Permit me to open with a personal story. About a decade ago, I was running a small weekly newspaper in upstate New York’s Wayne County. One day, I ran ...
|Coming FRA rule changes will boost passenger rail, cut costs, maintain safety
(Cross Posted at The Makeshift Academic ) Little bureaucratic rule changes can sometimes make a big difference. And a pending rule change at the Federal Railroad Administration, which oversees ...
|Texas needs an income tax
(Cross-posted at the Makeshift Academic ) So Republican candidate for Governor Greg Abbott recently accused Democratic candidate Wendy Davis of wanting to raise Texans' taxes by $35 billion. Ho hum.
|Are Millett and Watt confirmations imminent? (aka is the Senate logjam about to Break?)
(Cross posted at the Makeshift Academic) I just checked up on the Senate Executive Nominations Calendar, and the following two names appear on the first page : UNANIMOUS CONSENT AGREEMENTS ....
|Overcoming discomfort with the ACA's Individual Mandate
(Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic ) Here's the thing about the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act: Everyone loves to hate it. The mandate is a critical part of the ACA. If you ...
|Obamacare and tax reform: A progressive double play (Part IV: dumping on insurance companies)
Cross posted at the Makeshift Academic This is the fourth and final in a series of posts about the paying for the Affordable Care Act. The first three posts can be found here , here ...
|Obamacare and tax reform: Part III (now with BONUS Ted Cruz and Koch Brothers blogging)
Cross posted at The Makeshift Academic This is the third in a series of posts about paying for the Affordable Care Act. The first two posts can be found here and here . Let’s talk about your ...
|Obamacare and tax reform: a progressive double play (Part II)
(Cross posted at the Makeshift Academic ) This is the second in a series of posts about paying for the Affordable Care Act. The first post, about expanding FICA taxes on wealthy taxpayers, can be ...
|Obamacare and tax reform: a progressive double play (Part I)
(Cross posted at The Makeshift Academic ) This is the first in a series of posts about paying for the Affordable Care Act You’ve probably never heard of section 9015 of the Affordable Care Act. ...
|Ohio accepts Medicaid expansion
This is very, very good news. The plan means another 275,000 people get insurance coverage. Via the Toledo Blade (which by the way, is a great name for a newspaper): A little known budgetary ...
|ACA exchange subsidies: are they sustainable?
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic As the health care exchanges go online, two major factors work together to keep premium prices down. First, the individual mandate to purchase insurance ...
|Medicaid will help more souls thanks to Obamacare-- even in states that don't take the expansion
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic Any complicated federal law has a number of features that don’t get a ton of attention, yet turn out to be very important. The Affordable Care Act is no ...
|GOP Stupid shutdown statement contest II: Red-River rivalry edition
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic So we’re back with our second edition of " stupid shutdown statements " It’s a big football weekend in the south central states and Texas and Oklahoma ...
|Exchange vs. employer insurance: an example
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic One of the neat things about watching the major parts of the Affordable Care Act roll out over the past few weeks has been experience it both as a wonk-nerd/...
|Worthwhile Canadian initiative: health care edition
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic I’ve been blogging a lot recently about the various ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act and it is implementation. (See here , here , ...
|Shutdown stupid statement contest: Texas congressional delegation division
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic . I like to write more about public policy and political science than politicians saying silly things. But sometimes the Stupid is just too strong. Living in ...
|Medicaid subsidy gaps, (explained Bollywood style!)
Cross-posted at The Makeshift Academic I need $2,273 by midnight on Dec. 31, 2013. If I can get it, I win $440. This is a strange story involving health insurance, a COBRA, the Supreme Court, ...
|Ignorance is bliss: How Americans' dearth of political knowledge may help "Obamacare" work better
(cross posted at An Academic in Exile) For those of you nervous about the success the health-care exchanges, take a look at this letter: It's a boring HR letter. That's the point. It comes from ...
|Compromising on Medicaid expansion: real alternatives, or GOP trap?
Tomorrow, the big news for the Affordable Care Act will be the opening of the state-level insurance exchanges. But the other major part of the law, Medicaid expansion, proceeds apace. Republican ...
|GOP moves to crush University of Michigan Research Assistants' attempt to form a union
Worried the wrong side might win a union election? No problem -- simply cancel it. At least, that seems to be the tactic anti-worker Michigan Republicans seem to be using. The GOP-controlled ...
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