The standard line on New York City’s Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who takes office Wednesday, is that he’s the antithesis of outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That’s not quite true, and New York’s voters probably hope it isn’t. In electing de Blasio, they were looking for a course correction from the Bloomberg years, not a repudiation.
Each week, Georgetown Professor of Government Mark Rom sits down with the Voice of Russia to wrestle with the major issues of the week. This week, we're going to take a look at the compromise two-year budget accord, a tax loophole that as "accidentally" cost the government 100 billion dollars since 2000, and some old friends leaving Congress... and maybe even more.
DC Health Link’s call center will be open Sunday between 8 a.m. and midnight, said Mila Kofman, executive director of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, the quasi-governmental entity that operates the online marketplace set up as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Melissa Block speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times for the latest in political news. They'll talk about another looming debt ceiling fight in early 2014, new changes to the Affordable Care Act, and a White House panel's review of NSA surveillance programs.
“Are you at risk of going out of network?” said Professor Lucia. “If you are, realize there is this potential to be balance-billed,” he added, referring to a practice when out-of-network providers charge consumers for the balance of the bill that the insurer did not pay. Those charges are not capped by the new law’s out-of-pocket maximum, which says expenses provided by in-network providers cannot exceed $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for a family of two or more in 2014. This is true for all plans bought on the exchange and for many individual plans.
“By 2020, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce projects that 62 percent of the jobs in South Carolina will require postsecondary education,” the report reads. “Postsecondary includes an associate’s degree or some postsecondary vocational certificate."
The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks. It’s a battle between two different conservative establishments, complicated by philosophical struggles across many other fronts. Its resolution will determine whether we are a governable country.
Ultimately, the proposed Treasury-IRS rules would further chill nonprofit civic engagement and send a message to funders and groups that even long-standing and widely accepted nonpartisan behavior is “political.”
This thought came to me this week when a number of people asked me to comment on two pieces written by perceived critics - economists David Neumark and Harry Holzer - of the increase in the minimum wage, a policy of which I've been vocally supportive.
It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.