Swamp Dwellers are People Too

  I’m one of those people. I’m a swamp-dwelling, fancy suit and loafer wearing, political campaign donating, political insider. I have worked for Senator Ted Kennedy, three members of the US House of Representatives, and most recently I worked in President Obama’s administration as a senior advisor to the Commissioner of the US Food and… Continue reading

Another Missed Opportunity

Last week’s House vote on health care was a missed opportunity. Representatives had a chance to work together to improve parts of the Affordable Care Act that needed improving and jettison elements that were not working. Had they done that, they would have improved the lives of the American people, improved their own standing with… Continue reading

Saved By The Bell – The Lost Health Care Episode

The House Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare would turn several federal requirements into state options. This is both bad politics and bad policy. As others have noted, Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare have made the law more popular. The individual elements of the Affordable Care Act have… Continue reading

Signs, Like Fezzes, Are Cool

  My Facebook feed is filling with conversations about signs for the March for Science. This weekend scientists and their non-scientist allies (not that there’s anything wrong with being a scientist) will gather in Washington and in cities around the U.S. in support of federal funding for scientific research, policy based on scientific evidence, and… Continue reading

Federalist 10 and Vending Machines: Why Democrats and Moderate Republicans Should Work Together to Improve the Affordable Care Act

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Democrats should work with President Trump and Republicans in Congress to improve the Affordable Care Act. Doing so will result in more people getting more access to quality, affordable health care and it is in the political interest of everyone involved. It could also help steady… Continue reading

Schadenfreude Comes Close: How Republicans can kill the AHCA, win health care, and help save democracy.

Schadenfreude isn’t exactly the right word to describe how I feel watching Republicans flail around on health care reform, but it moves in the right direction. It must be tremendously frustrating to be a Republican Senator, Representative or staffer right now. Your party controls the House, Senate, and the White House. You ran on fixing… Continue reading