Demand an “Up-or-Down Vote” On Real Financial Reform

After more than a year of closed-door negotiations, the President and other Democrats have finally appropriated a Republican phrase by calling for “an up or down vote” on the resulting […]
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Bernanke Pulls a Kanye On CFPA, Then Gets Sideswiped

Almost everyone knows that to “pull a Kanye” means to steal the limelight when it rightfully belongs elsewhere. With Sen. Dodd’s suggestion that the Consumer Financial Protection Agency be housed […]
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Financial Reform: Reconciliation or Ritual?

The pheremonic scent of compromise is inducing euphoria in the nation’s capitol once again. Not that there’s anything wrong with compromise, if it results in policies that work. But we’ve […]
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Five Former Treasury Secretaries Endorse Volcker Rule

Since the nation’s capital is enamored of bipartisanship in all its forms, it’s surprising that today’s letter from five former Treasury Secretaries – both Democratic and Republican – isn’t front […]
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Greeks, Beware of Goldman Bearing Gifts

Like an cat burglar, Goldman Sachs leaves its fingerprints in the most unusual places. The news of Goldman’s role in the Greek financial crisis isn’t just a black eye for […]
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Palin Trumps Obama – On a Trojan Horse Filled With Bankers

Never underestimate Sarah Palin. She did a better job articulating anti-banker sentiment at last week’s Tea Party Convention than Obama’s done. Its followers don’t realize it, but the Tea Party […]
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The Washington Post: Always Fighting the Wrong War

The Washington Post has an uncanny knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, pushing the wrong policies and making the wrong moves. That’s four wrongs in […]
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Special – Today Only! Call To Stop the Health Tax

The AFL-CIO has announced that it is coordinating a “National Call-In Blitz” today.. If you call this toll free number – 1-877-3-AFLCIO (1-877-323-5246) – you can “urge your representative to […]
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Jonathan Chait’s Endless Love

The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait has penned an ode to the excise tax on health benefits. He says his “faith in the Cadillac tax remains ardent,” even after being led […]
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A Tax Even Its Defenders Can’t Love

People are saying that the so-called Cadillac tax “might fall flat” and “has real problems.”  And those are its defenders.  I can’t remember any new policy in recent history whose […]
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The 15% Solution

A blogger contact has told me of a new argument in favor of the health excise tax: Since the tax will be imposed on insurers, the Senate’s limit of 15% […]
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NYT’s David Leonhardt Keeps Clinging to Disproved Ideas

The beat goes on: David Leonhardt, the Times economics blogger and tax supporter, had this exchange regarding the Senate’s health excise tax on NPR’s “Marketplace” program: Leonhardt: (It’s) a tax […]
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Video Shows Obama Denouncing the ‘Cadillac Tax’

Blogger and video producer Lee Stranahan has produced a video that includes footage of Barack Obama denouncing the so-called ‘Cadillac tax’ during last year’s Presidential campaign. Stranahan, who is an […]
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Maggie Mahar Fact-Checks the Tax

Respected health writer Maggie Mahar (“Money-Driven Medicine”) got curious and decided to fact-check the excise tax. Wisely, she follows the money – which in the world of health care follows […]
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True Confessions

In a new piece at The Huffington Post, your humble correspondent begins the New Year in a time-honored fashion: with an act of confession for past sins. The piece is […]
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The President Gets It Wrong On the Excise Tax

The President came close to endorsing the so-called “Cadillac tax” when he was interviewed about health reform on NPR. Here’s what the President said when the subject came up: “I’m […]
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The Senate Health Bill: The Price of Everything

Our new piece on the politics and policy of the Senate’s health reform deal is up at The Huffington Post, and it addresses the excise tax at several points: “if […]
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