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WSJ Poll: 12% of Americans judge the Bush decade ‘good’ or ‘great’

Are we supposed to feel better that the figure isn’t any higher? (Think Progress): According to the poll, a combined 58% said the decade was either “awful” or “not so good,” 29% said it was fair, and just 12% said it was either “good” or “great.” [...] Asked what they…

That’s why we don’t call them “pro-life”

Matt makes a useful point about how anyone who threatens to block health care reform over abortion is a lot of things, but “pro-life” ain’t one of them: That said, it really is worth lingering on the extent to which his threat to hold health reform hostage to an abortion…

It’s time to put the insurance companies out of their misery

If I were on trial for robbing a house, the last thing in the world I would do is give a series of public lectures on cat burglary techniques. “I’m completely innocent,” I’d say, as the sample lock clicked open. “I’ve lived a clean life. Any questions about the order…

The health care ‘fat tax’ comes to NC

I happened to post a link to an article in the News & Observer today, “N.C. to impose ‘fat tax’“, on my Facebook page and I couldn’t believe how many comments were generated there, opening up a somewhat heated dialogue revolving on the “blame the fattie” meme. So I decided…

First, do no harm

Update: This should clear up some confusion about the potential of a bill to ruin lives. Some folks in comments below are, apparently without reading the post, reciting lines about the perfect being the enemy of the good and ideological tests. So let me make this clear: progressives taking a…

With This Illness, I Thee Fraud

The entire problem with rescissions in health insurance is that they create the entire problem they were enacted to combat. The only reason they exist is to be violated, like overdraft fees or virginity pledges or the return policy at Best Buy. Rescission policies are health insurance companies’ way of…

Well, It Is A Day That Ends In “Y”

So it must be time for the Wall Street Journal to propose a health insurance reform that would save insurance companies money. It’s refreshing when you wake up knowing exactly what’s going to happen. Today’s idea is that we should remove interstate barriers to insurance sales, because of all the…

President Obama Will Use The Constitution As A To-Be-Named Paper Product

I may be a lowly law student, but I’m pretty sure that David Rivkin and Lee Casey are flat-out wrong when they say that a federal mandate for health insurance would be unconstitutional. I think that it’s terrible policy, personally, and that a Medicare-for-all single payer system would be a…

Laying Pipe

Suppose I told you that Trig Palin was akin to a pipe. No matter how you try to patch him up, he was manufactured with a crippling defect that’s always going to leave him unable to function properly. Like that pipe, the best solution is to just cut your losses,…

It Is Time For Puppies To Start Licking The Tears Of Babies

This is just a small, nagging thing that’s been bothering me about the healthcare debate. Politics 101 says that when you’re discussing something, you use actual stories to stress the importance of the position. It’s why McCain latched onto Joe the Plumber, it’s why we are all faking injuries in…

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