When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?
O’Malley on Monday announced that former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will chair the task force. Townsend is the managing director at Rock Creek Group, an investment firm, and founder of the Center for Retirement Initiatives at Georgetown University.
Mila Kofman, executive director of DC Health Link, told Kaiser Health News that companies opposing the tax have threatened legal action and are worried other states might follow D.C.’s lead with the funding strategy.
Some of the party’s candidates actively praise the Affordable Care Act, but others talk more about how they would fix it. Most Democrats hailed this month’s excellent jobs numbers, but much of their message this year stresses a squeezed middle class and the problems of stagnating wages and economic inequality. “You’ve never had it so good” is not in their talking points.
The D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a broad tax on all health-related insurance products sold in the nation’s capital to solve a big money problem faced by its online health insurance exchange.
Mila Kofman, executive director of the exchange, known as D.C. Health Link, said insurers of all affected policies will benefit from a well-running D.C. exchange — namely, a healthier society that cashes in less often on policies. But Kofman also acknowledged D.C. simply has no choice: “No other state needs to do this because they have higher population,” Kofman said. “We are in a unique situation.”