An ‘unfortunate political stunt’

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks on the Democratic budget during a news conference on Capitol Hill

An ‘unfortunate political stunt’ gets thrown out of court | MSNBC | >by: Steve Benen| 04/15/15 03:56 PM | Noteworthy Re-Post: 04/18/2015 7:20:56 AM | In January 2014, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was so eager to demonstrate his opposition to the Affordable Care Act that he filed a deeply strange lawsuit against “Obamacare”: he wanted to make coverage more expensive for people who work on Capitol Hill. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican […]

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Spotlight: U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress

U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress >by Brendan O’Brien | MILWAUKEE Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:45am EDT| Repost | (Reuters) – A federal judge has thrown out a U.S. Senator’s legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law that grants health insurance subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had challenged the right of the federal […]

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Major Obamacare insurer backs away from double-digit rate hike prediction

Major Obamacare insurer backs away from double-digit rate hike prediction >by Jason Millman Updated: April 30 at 10:55 am |Re-Post| Major health insurers are continuing to report their first quarter of financial results under Obamacare’s new market rules, giving us insight into how they’re seeing the law’s new insurance marketplaces playing out. Wellpoint delivered its results Wednesday morning, following earnings from UnitedHealth Group and Aetna. 1. Wellpoint, the nation’s second-largest […]

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Re-post: 40 things the House could have done while it was busy repealing Obamacare

40 things the House could have done while it was busy repealing Obamacare >by: Geoffrey Cowley |08/02/13 06:42 PM—Updated 09/13/13 08:47 AM| What can you say about a U.S. House of Representatives that devotes the last day before summer recess to a futile exercise it has already performed 39 times? We’re talking, of course, about today’s 232-185 vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act, this time by prohibiting the […]

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Spotlight Julia Ioffe: A 31-Year-Old Is Tearing Apart the Heritage Foundation

Playing politics saps Heritage credibility Rachel Maddow 11/27/13 | re-post 11/29/13 Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic, talks with Steve Kornacki about how political activism is hurting the once-respected political think tank. A 31-Year-Old Is Tearing Apart the Heritage Foundation Think Republicans have been making fools of themselves? Blame Michael Needham. >by Julia Ioffe | November 24, 2013 | The New Republic | On a Thursday evening at […]

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Spotlight Julia Ioffe: A 31-Year-Old Is Tearing Apart the Heritage Foundation

Playing politics saps Heritage credibility Rachel Maddow 11/27/13 | re-post 11/29/13 Julia Ioffe, senior editor at The New Republic, talks with Steve Kornacki about how political activism is hurting the once-respected political think tank. A 31-Year-Old Is Tearing Apart the Heritage Foundation Think Republicans have been making fools of themselves? Blame Michael Needham. >by Julia Ioffe | November 24, 2013 | The New Republic | On a Thursday evening at […]

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Spotlight: How Democrats Got a Spine

How Democrats Got a Spine The Republican Party taught them how to be uncompromising. >By David Weigel | Oct. 4 2013 6:54 PM | Re-post | Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images It’s easy to forget, but this year began with a nick-of-time congressional compromise. At the 11th hour, with Washington’s supply of clichés nearly depleted, the House and Senate approved a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The Bush tax […]

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Spotlight: Web Sites and Grave Sites

Web Sites and Grave Sites >By: CHARLES M. BLOW | October 23, 2013 | Re-post Republicans are apoplectic about Healthcare.gov, the official Web site for the Affordable Care Act. They are trying desperately to change the subject from their disastrous government shutdown by ranting about the failures of a government Web site that cost a tiny fraction of what was lost as a result of the shutdown.  Republicans are pretending […]

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Highlight: Top 16 myths about the health care law

Top 16 myths about the health care law >by Angie Drobnic Holan | Published on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 2:25 p.m.| Share this article: PolitiFact has been fact-checking claims about the federal health care law since lawmakers started drafting the legislation in 2009. Long controversial, the law has been no stranger to attacks by detractors. Here are 16 of the biggest falsehoods PolitiFact has rated.( Fact-checks are listed in […]

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‘Repeat and Replay’: Prepare for shutdown

Prepare for shutdown >by: Suzy Khimm and Benjy Sarlin | 2:07 PM on 09/28/2013 | MSNBC | The government is headed for a shutdown after House Republicans on Saturday demanded a halt to President Obama’s signature health care law as a precondition for funding the government. The White House and Democratic leaders in the Senate said they would reject all efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, setting the stage for […]

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