Posts tagged "politics"
The narrow purpose of the strike is to prevent the distribution of wealth to poorer people, through the Affordable Care Act. The wider purpose (aside from a refusal to accept the legitimacy of a black president) is to topple the state as an effective instrument of taxation, regulation and social protection.
From Obamacare to trade, superversion not subversion is the new and very real threat to the state | George Monbiot
For years, another key health program jointly administered by federal and state authorities—Medicaid—has been affected by which party happens to control state government. This is true for big decisions like eligibility limits as well as less visible administrative practices that make it easier or harder for people to enroll in Medicaid. When Republicans control the state government, it takes more information, documentation, and effort for citizens to enroll. Social scientists call this the “administrative burden”—that is, the burden placed on someone who wants to enroll in a program. To put it in more familiar terms, administrative burden is bureaucratic red tape.
Red States create red tape for Medicaid

The idea that “politics” and “public opinion” are nuisances to be trampled upon by the philosopher-kings proceeds from the basic belief that the people are stupid (or easily duped by “powerful interests”) and that the obviously correct solution should immediately prevail. You see this kind of anti-democratic instinct in school reform — Michelle Rhee’s contention that she wasn’t in the business of “politics,” or Bloomberg’s appointment of Cathie Black as schools chancellor.

There’s something else here also — there’s no real track record. Anti-democrats — despite their insistence on empiricism — are often just as addled as the public. For every smoking ban, there’s a Cathie Black.

Michael Bloomberg Is Not a Scientist, Man - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
The law was upheld by the Supreme Court and validated by the re-election of President Barack Obama. The public has grown tired of continual budget crisis brinkmanship. McConnell still fights the fight. Obamacare, he told his constituents a few weeks ago, is the “single worst piece of legislation passed in the last 50 years in the country.” But ever the pragmatist, he knows an all-out assault on the Affordable Care Act to the exclusion of other political considerations would be a disaster for his party. And so, in a cruel irony reminiscent of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein,” the monster McConnell created has turned against him and is threatening to end his political life.
McConnell’s Huge Obamacare Gamble Could End His Career | TPMDC
2004: Songwriter Melissa Etheridge has breast cancer. That’s bad news. But there’s good news too, Bachmann tells the conservative education group EdWatch: maybe the cancer will give her time to reflect on her sinful lifestyle: “Unfortunately she is now suffering from breast cancer, so keep her in your prayers. This may be an opportunity for her now to be open to some spiritual things, now that she is suffering with that physical disease. She is a lesbian.” In the same speech, she alleges that “almost all, if not all, individuals who have gone into the lifestyle have been abused at one time in their life, either by a male or by a female.”
Michele Bachmann Said What?! | Mother Jones
Britain’s Tory-led coalition government has undergone a reshuffle. Among the changes: Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary who tried to rubberstamp Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of the rest of Sky TV, is now minister of health; which is somewhat troubling given his outspoken beliefs in homeopathy, and statements defending the NHS’s funding of homeopathic “medicine” (which had, in the past, been roundly denounced in Parliament).
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