Author Archive | Peter Suderman

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House Republicans Just Passed a Major Tax Reform Bill

House Republicans passed a major overhaul to the tax code todayRon Sachs/CNP/AdMedia/Newscom. The bill passed 227 to 205 on a party line vote, with a handful of Republicans, mostly from high-tax blue states, joining Democrats in opposition. The House plan cuts taxes by roughly $1.5 trillion over the next decade, with tax reductions for both […]

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Trump’s Pick For HHS Secretary Is a Former Drug Executive Who Thinks Obamacare is a “Fundamentally Broken System”

BILL GREENBLATT/UPI/NewscomPresident Trump will appoint former drug company president and government health official Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Until January of this year, Azar, who was trained as a lawyer and clerked for several conservative judges, was president of Lilly USA, an affiliate of Eli Lilly and Co. […]

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The GOP Tax Bill Doesn’t Repeal Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

House Republicans released sweeping tax reform legislation this morning. The draft legislation tweaks everything from individual rates to the child tax credit to corporate taxes and the treatment of companies’ offshore earnings. One thing it doesn’t touch, however, is Obamacare’s individual mandate. Although President Trump tweeted yesterday in favor of repealing the mandate as part […]

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The Endless, Soul-Sucking Emptiness of Partisan Warfare

PAT BENIC/UPI/NewscomWhat is it that compels the leadership of a party that holds all the levers of power in Washington to repeatedly attack political opponents who are out of office, to call for investigations into the actions of administration officials who are totally out of the picture, and plan political campaigns around opposition to politicians […]

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Two Senators Want a Bipartisan Deal to Prop Up Obamacare

After President Trump announced last week that he would be cutting off payment of a set of insurer subsidies under Obamacare, potentially disrupting the health law’s government-run insurance exchanges, at least in the short term, there was some discussion about whether the move would prompt Congress to finally act. After all, the Trump administration, in […]

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The GOP’s New Tax Plan Proves Republicans Never Cared About the Federal Deficit

You may remember a time when Republicans pretended to care about debt and deficits. As deficits skyrocketed during President Obama’s initial years in office, Republicans harped on the burdens imposed by high debt levels at every possible occasion. Fiscal responsibility was a particular fixation for Rep. Paul Ryan, who in 2011 accused Obama of playing […]

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GOP Leaders are Trying to Bribe An Alaska Senator to Repeal Obamacare—By Letting Her State Keep Obamacare

Ron Sachs/SIPA/NewscomThe desperate Republican effort to cobble together the votes necessary to pass legislation that would rewrite Obamacare has now descended into low farce. For backers of Graham-Cassidy, which supporters have described as a repeal of Obamacare, the number one target is Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was one of three Senate Republicans who voted […]

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Medicaid for All Would ‘Bankrupt the Nation,’ Warns Bernie Sanders—In 1987

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced new legislation yesterday to expand Medicare to everyone in the United States. The bill, which came with 15 Democratic co-sponsors, envisions universal coverage, paid for by tax increases, that would be far more generous than what is offered by any other first-world government-run health care system offers. Notably absent from […]

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Obamacare Repeal Is Dead. Here Come the Bailouts.

After nine months of legislative drama, the GOP effort to overhaul Obamacare is dead. Last week President Trump seemed to say as much, tweeting that Republicans should accept defeat on health care and move on to reworking the tax code. Even if congressional Republicans wanted to take another shot at rewriting the health law, they […]

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