• Insurance exchange success could hinge on interoperability

    Information technology represents a sizeable obstacle to the implementation of the health insurance exchanges required under healthcare reform, and could ultimately prove to be the undoing of such efforts, Politico reports this week.

  • IT could end up being health reform’s highest hurdle

    States are making a major push to upgrade their Medicaid enrollment systems, thanks in part to funding provided by the stimulus bill. But a January study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only one state, Oklahoma, had a fully automated Medicaid enrollment system that could process applications in real time. And the state is fighting the health reform law.

  • David Brooks and our Hamilton argument

    David Brooks, my NPR sparring partner, offered a kind mention of my new book, “Our Divided Political Heart,” in his column today — “engrossing,” he called it — and he both agreed and disagreed with me, which I suppose is a habit for us.

  • There's a Sleeper in the Reform Law That Could Transform U.S. Health Care

    When members of Congress who led the effort to overhaul the U.S. health care system saw the public option slipping away, some of them suggested that a viable alternative would be the fostering of nonprofit health insurance CO-OPs (Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans) throughout the country.

  • Romney Auditions Rubio for VP slot

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio joined Mitt Romney at a town hall in Pennsylvania today where Rubio called rich people like Romney a "source of inspiration." MSNBC’s Lawrence O'Donnell discusses Rubio's VP chances with the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne and the Tampa Bay Times' Adam Smith.

  • I Vs. We: The 'Heart' Of Our Political Differences

    For years now, the Tea Party has held individualism up as the great American value. But Washington Post columnist and Georgetown University professor E.J. Dionne Jr. says that while Americans have always prized individualism, they've prized community just as much.

  • Did the Catholic organizations have to sue over the health care mandate?

    The federal lawsuits filed Monday by Catholic institutions against the contraception mandate under the health care law are not surprising, but they are unfortunate.

  • A choice of capitalisms

    In this election, we’re not having an argument that pits capitalism against socialism. We are trying to decide what kind of capitalism we want. It is a debate as American as Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay — which is to say that we have always done this.

  • D.C.’s statehood movement gets an inch, takes a proverbial mile on Capitol Hill

    “At the time, the concept of voting rights was very narrow. Most people … wouldn’t have been able to vote anyway. Because they were a female, because they were slaves, because they were an African-American or other people of color, or because they didn’t own property,” Alice M. Rivlin, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute said explained at the hearing “But over the period of the last couple of hundred years, our concept of what democracy is has broadened. Voting rights have been achieved, for all adult citizens.”