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Cassidy-Graham, an extraordinarily bad and dishonest legislative proposal that might pass the Senate next week, managed to acquire a certain veneer of moderation. The con has three major steps. First, Cassidy also had proposed legislation with the closest the Republican conference has to an actual moderate, which while bad was not nearly this bad. Second, […]
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I have a piece in the LA Times about the latest conservative attempt to use federalism to shift responsibility for the substantively awful policies they favor: So why might Cassidy-Graham succeed where other Republican proposals failed? It thrusts responsibility on the states. Federalism has long been a valuable tool for reactionary public officials acting in […]
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It’s back yet again: Starting in 2020, the Cassidy-Graham bill would eliminate both the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies and the enhanced federal funding that underwrites the expansion of Medicaid in 31 states (plus the District of Columbia). The bill would then establish a “block grant,” handing money directly to the states for helping people to […]
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Make America Great Again! A U.S. congressman contacted the White House this week trying to broker a deal that would end WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s U.S. legal troubles in exchange for what he described as evidence that Russia wasn’t the source of hacked emails published by the antisecrecy website during the 2016 presidential campaign. The […]
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