• 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.

  • Economist Alice Rivlin to CSUMB grads: Don't let paralysis in D.C. drag you down

    On the same day renowned economist Alice Rivlin delivered a commencement speech that blended optimism and bleak realism, graduates of CSU Monterey Bay mostly exuded confidence that their educations will help them succeed as freshly minted members of the nation's workforce.

  • 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.”

  • Wallethub
    Research Professor in the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University

    To what extent will Trump’s decision to reduce spending on advertising and other efforts to inform people about deadlines to sign up for ACA coverage have an effect on enrollment this fall? These decisions by Trump could have a substantial dampening effect on enrollment. When advertising was cut off early by Trump this past January, we saw a clear drop-off in enrollment; the same result is likely this fall. One large concern is that people who are healthier may fail to enroll without the encouragement provided by advertising. If this happens, it will lead to adverse selection in the risk pool, and ultimately to higher costs and higher premiums. But I am also concerned that the loss of the navigator resources resulting from large cuts in funding for these programs will leave many people without the help they need to get themselves signed up. Trump's decisions will likely mean higher costs per person, but fewer people enrolled -- a double dose of bad outcomes.