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BCRA is dead but Obamacare repeal is still alive - Vox

BCRA is dead but Obamacare repeal is still alive - Vox

BySharesaid they will join Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in opposing the motion to proceed on Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare repeal bill.That means that the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) is dead. But the cause of Obamacare repeal is very much still alive. And the cause of preserving its coverage gains — and the welfare of the millions of people who gained insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act — has now entered a new and dangerous phase.The problem, fundamentally, for people who care about health insurance coverage is that of the four Republican defectors, only one —...

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Jul 18, 2017
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American democracy’s Senate problem, explained

American democracy’s Senate problem, explained

A huge — and growing — source of bias in the political system.Democrats have a Senate problem, and not just in the sense that Republicans currently hold the majority or that the prospect of that changing in 2020 is relatively slim. The problem is that the odds of ever changing it are slimmer than is generally realized., a progressive think tank and advocacy organization, is trying to raise alarm bells about the issue. that’s biased 3 percentage points in the GOP’s favor and systematically underweights the interests of nonwhite Americans.Of course, the fact that the Senate gives extra weight...

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Dec 23, 2019
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The latest batch of swing state polls shows a healthy Biden lead

The latest batch of swing state polls shows a healthy Biden lead

To win, Trump needs a bigger polling error than in 2016.Saturday and early Sunday saw the release of a final batch of high-quality polling that generally confirms what polling has said along along: Democratic presidential nominee is in the lead.Evidence for that proposition comes from a tetralogy of , which were released Sunday morning. They show Biden ahead in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin — easily enough states to give him the win. But even a that was released on Saturday evening, which showed Trump with a 7 percentage point lead in Iowa, is actually not very good news for...

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The delightful boringness of Joe Biden

The delightful boringness of Joe Biden

If you didn’t watch it, you didn’t miss much — that’s kind of nice!The closest sparks came to flying Thursday night at town hall was when the former vice president squared off with George Stephanopoulos over whether or not it would make sense to delay tax increases until the end of the recession.Biden, who’d read off note cards the precise revenue estimates involved in a 7 percentage point increase in the corporate tax rate and a 2.6 percent increase in the top marginal income tax rate, explained that the way policymaking works is there’s inevitably a congressional negotiation, so he can’t...

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Oct 16
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The Republican position on preexisting conditions is unbelievably unpopular

The Republican position on preexisting conditions is unbelievably unpopular

Many voters simply don’t believe a politician could hold toxic policy stances on health care.Prior to the passage of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies could (and routinely did) decline to offer coverage to patients with preexisting health conditions. This behavior is common sense from the standpoint of insurance underwriting — nobody is going to sell you a homeowners’ insurance policy if your house is already on fire — and the idea that it should be allowed is a straightforward aspect of free market thinking.Congressional Democrats and President...

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Oct 8
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American democracy’s Senate problem, explained

American democracy’s Senate problem, explained

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×A huge — and growing — source of bias in the political system.Democrats have a Senate problem, and not just in the sense that Republicans currently hold the majority or that the prospect...

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Dec 17, 2019
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Kamala Harris’s family story is the real portrait of American greatness

Kamala Harris’s family story is the real portrait of American greatness

From India and Jamaica to the doors of the White House in one generation.Sen. is the first Black woman on a presidential ticket, and the first Indian American of any gender in that role. She was explicitly chosen as a vice presidential candidate amid debate about her evident ambition to sit in the Oval Office — she’s not just a member of Joe Biden’s team but could also serve as his political successor and eventually the first woman president.But Harris has another aspect of her identity with particular resonance in this moment, as the daughter of two immigrants — one from India and one from...

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"Reopening" isn’t enough to save bars and restaurants — the US needs a bailout

"Reopening" isn’t enough to save bars and restaurants — the US needs a bailout

It’s right for the economy and for public health.Adam Ozimek is a first-rate labor market economist, but also the part-owner of an excellent bar/restaurant/video arcade/bowling alley in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, called Decades — which, like so many bars and restaurants, has been hit hard by the coronavirus and economic crisis.He that while “revenues have moved up a little” from their Covid low point, they’re still at less than one-third of normal levels “despite takeout and a new big outdoor space.”One problem is that to comply with state safety mandates, only half the lanes can be open at a...

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Sep 18
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Judy Shelton, Trump’s troubling Federal Reserve nominee, explained

Judy Shelton, Trump’s troubling Federal Reserve nominee, explained

She once called for a return to the gold standard. Senate Republicans may be ready to confirm her anyway.Judy Shelton has been approved by the Senate Banking Committee and seems likely to be to fill one of two vacancies on the seven-member Federal Reserve Board of Governors.President Donald Trump’s two previous picks, , failed in the Senate due to weak qualifications and various hints of scandal. Christopher Waller, Trump’s other current pick, is considered more conventional.Whether Shelton will succeed where Cain and Moore failed is unclear, but she does present the same problem that’s...

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Jun 5, 2019
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The latest batch of swing state polls shows a healthy Biden lead

The latest batch of swing state polls shows a healthy Biden lead

To win, Trump needs a bigger polling error than in 2016.Saturday and early Sunday saw the release of a final batch of high-quality polling that generally confirms what polling has said along along: Democratic presidential nominee is in the lead.Evidence for that proposition comes from a tetralogy of , which were released Sunday morning. They show Biden ahead in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin — easily enough states to give him the win. But even a that was released on Saturday evening, which showed Trump with a 7 percentage point lead in Iowa, is actually not very good news for...

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Nov 1
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