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Yglesias » The Decline of Private Health Insurance
This decline in private health insurance coverage has, however, been entirely offset by an increase in the number of working age people on Medicaid, which stood at 13 percent in 2008. Among the under-18 set, private insurance is even rarer and public coverage even more common, since children are both poorer-than-average and politically easier to cover. In terms of causation, my understanding is that this is a blend of Medicaid “crowding out” private coverage and Medicaid filling a gap in private insurance’s affordability. The Affordable Care Act is going to continue this trend by substantially expanding Medicaid coverage.
healthcare  SCHIP  FrumForum  yglesias  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Stop Punking the Middle Class | FrumForum
What I do disagree with is the contention that the middle class is in crisis. And I think that it’s bad to believe (and assert for mass audiences) that that’s true because it hurts consumer sentiment, prolonging high unemployment, and diverts attention from the truly disadvantaged who really are in crisis. Mike can say that that pits me against the middle class (his post was titled, “Scott Winship versus the Middle Class”), but then let me ask Mike and others who would disagree with me a simple question: Why do you think Americans are deluded about their economic conditions, since in June, 7 in 10 American adults said their “current household financial situation” is better than “most” Americans’ (Q.25, disclosure: the poll was commissioned by my old employer)? Why are you against the middle class?
middleclass  FrumForum  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Petraeus Pushes Back on Afghan Deadline | FrumForum
"Petraeus’ answer in short: Yes it is, and yes we can. However, success will take time; success will not be gauged or demonstrated by traditional measures of military progress; and Afghanistan will not be transformed into a Western-style industrial democracy.

But Afghanistan can be stabilized; it can cease to be a staging ground for terrorists and terrorist networks; and it can become a more or less peaceful country, with a more representative and democratic government."
afghanistan  foreignpolicy  FrumForum  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Corporations Are People, Too | FrumForum
ACORN implicitly agrees that corporations are people too.
corporate  ACORN  FrumForum  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Just How Bad is the Recession? | FrumForum
"This approach makes clear why people were disappointed by the “jobless” recoveries from the recessions of the early 1990s and 2000s, which were no faster than after the much more severe recession of the early 1970s (though of course, the declines in employment were much smaller to begin with). More to the point, it also shows that while the current recession still looks bad, bad, bad, the decline in employment is comparable to the decline during the double-dip recession, which is apparent from the “1980″ line. That’s not the most fantastic news of course, but it’s worth noting. Unfortunately, I doubt this is the chart you’ll see others use and update as things evolve in the next few months".
FinancialCrisis  economy  history  FrumForum  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
No Surprises in UN’s Biased Flotilla Report | FrumForum
"Following the release of the UNHRC report, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “in view of the biased, politicized and extremist approach of the same Human Rights Council that initiated the skewed Goldstone Report, Israel sees no reason to cooperate with this commission.” In light of the outcome of the Commission’s findings, it is easy to understand why. Notwithstanding, Israel is however cooperating with a separate UN enquiry established by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and headed by New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer. This commission has yet to finalize and publish its findings."
UN  Israel  Israel-Palestine  FrumForum  sidebar 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
Thank God for Hitchens | FrumForum
"Hitchens is a man of ideas, the greatest of which is an unshakable antipathy for totalitarianism in all its forms, especially those stemming from the followers of the heavenly Dear Leader of Abrahamic faith. In some ways, it’s a shame that Hitchens was not born a generation or two earlier in order to have the opportunity, like his hero George Orwell, to fight the twentieth century’s greatest monsters at the peak of their power. Of course, I’m still plenty glad that the world has him now. So when all anyone can bother to ask the star correspondent to the land of malady about is whether the old canard about atheists and foxholes is true, I start to feel as the though the world is wasting whatever supply may be left of the thoughts of an irreplaceable mind."
hitchens  FrumForum  sidebar 
august 2010 by HispanicPundit
Why I Can’t Celebrate the Prop 8 Decision | FrumForum
"The judge — who is gay and should have recused himself — justified his ruling in part by noting that no “demonstrated harm as a result” of same-sex marriage could be shown, which could have made blocking it justified. This is undoubtedly true but also astonishingly irrelevant. The law could conceivably require that everyone wear a wizard’s hat every Saturday at 6 PM; the point is not that it is “good” or can be demonstrated to be “harmful,” but whether it violates any existing protections."
gay-marriage  california  FrumForum  sidebar 
august 2010 by HispanicPundit
The New Face of the IDF | FrumForum
"A little bit of history was made today when Cpl. Elinor Jozef, became the first female Arab combat solider in the history of the Israeli Defense Forces."
Israel  FrumForum  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
How Not to Fix Our Failing Schools | FrumForum
How the no child left behind mentality could leave schools worse off.
NCLB  FrumForum  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
The GOP’s Immigration Reform Meltdown | FrumForum
"Having Latino voters care this much about this issue is a very, very new thing. In the past, concerns over immigration policy tended to lag far behind education, the economy, healthcare… etc. That it is number one now reveals just how besieged Latinos feel. Latinos are an enormous voting block and they are getting bigger. Now they feel threatened. If Republicans don’t at the very least moderate their rhetoric on this issue, even candidates that don’t take a hard line — say like Meg Whitman in California — will see enormous numbers of Latino votes that could have been theirs vote for the other side simply because Latinos perceive the Republican Party to be hostile to Hispanics. If Latinos think that the Republican position is to deport all illegals and never let them back into the country, then expect legal Hispanics to deport Republicans to the political wilderness for many, many moons."
immigration  republicans  polls  FrumForum  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
Nudging Voters Towards the Center | FrumForum
"For example, you could have a district that’s 60% in favor or party A, but then in the primary there could be 5 candidates from party A and only 1 each of parties B and C (because the candidates from those parties did a better job of coordination and picked just one candidate). The resulting general election–a matchup between the two leading vote-getters in the primary–could then be B vs. C, which doesn’t seem quite right."
california  polls  thirdparty  gelman  FrumForum  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
Life Under the Gaza “Siege” | FrumForum
"In a recent article in the Egyptian weekly, Rooz Al-Yousuf, journalist Muhammad Hamadi, questions what ‘siege’ in Gaza people are talking about, noting that life under ‘siege’ in Gaza is cheaper, more convenient and easier than in Egypt, where the people would love such a ‘siege’."
Israel-Palestine  FrumForum  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
Remembering Robert Byrd’s Racism | FrumForum
"We’re told that he recanted his views. Great. So did Strom Thurmond. But those words — just words — rightly got him nowhere. If Robert Byrd’s grandson runs for Congress and is defeated by a black candidate — as happened to Thurmond’s grandon in South Carolina last week in a Republican primary — will the media breathlessly report it as the end of a racist era in the Democratic Party’s sordid history, as they did of Tim Scott’s overwhelming victory?"
democrats  racism  history  FrumForum  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
BP Sets Up $20 Billion Claims Fund | FrumForum
"BP has agreed to finance a $20 billion escrow fund to pay claims to people who lost income in the Gulf Coast oil spill, an administration source tells POLITICO. Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who was in charge of payments to families of victims of the 9/11 attacks, will oversee the fund."
oil  modern-politics  FrumForum  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Orszag’s Data Comes Under Scrutiny | FrumForum
"The New York Times reports how the data that Peter Orszag used to make the case for healthcare reform is now coming under greater scrutiny"
ObamaCare  orszag  FrumForum  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Why Do Feminists Hate Palin? | FrumForum
"I can’t say that I’m a fan of Sarah Palin, but if she doesn’t embody everything that feminism ought to stand for, then what we have on our hands is a manipulative language game. She “has it all”: a college degree, a family, a high-profile career, and a history of taking on powerful, entrenched men in established institutions — and winning. The presidential race of 2008 exposed feminist ideology for the charade that it is. What a riot that Hillary Clinton, who rose to power on her cheating husband’s coattails, was hailed as a feminist hero — while Sarah Palin, a self-made woman, was spat upon!"
feminists  palin  campaign2008  FrumForum  sidebar 
june 2010 by HispanicPundit
Learning from Romneycare’s Failures | FrumForum
"Where did Romneycare go wrong? It first failed to deal with the fact that anyone who suddenly finds himself entitled to more healthcare will make the most of it provided that they never have to face the cost of it. Romney also chose to ignore the single largest distortion in healthcare, the tax exemption for group health insurance that gives preference to employee based insurance. Removing this distortion would remove a significant amount of waste in the system."
ObamaCare  FrumForum  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Americans More Reliant on Government Payouts | FrumForum
"Drudge trumpeted this USA Today story, and indeed it is very scary: private sector wages have plunged as a share of national income, government transfers are up."
government  FrumForum  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
The GOP’s Growing Hispanic Rift | FrumForum
"The core values of the Republican party could profoundly appeal to Latinos. The party firmly grounds itself in the strength of family, the importance of hard work and personal responsibility, and the virtues of limited government, yet, it has pushed away millions who have sacrificed all, putting their families on their backs, to take advantage of the economic opportunity in the United States, to work incredibly hard and do the jobs that others will not do, just to secure the American dream for themselves and their families."
Arizona  immigration  republicans  FrumForum  hispanic  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Are Corporations Getting Bigger? | FrumForum
No, "The 25 biggest US corporations of 1969 employed 7% of the workforce; the 25 biggest corporations of 1998, only 4.5%."
corporate  FrumForum  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Ending Prison Rape | FrumForum
"Although no corrections professional publically condones any of this, inmate-on-inmate sexual violence has some benefits from the standpoint of some prison administrators: The fear of sexual assault helps racial supremacist gangs keep potential rivals in line and, as such, keeps the peace between factions within prisons. "
prison  FrumForum  sidebar 
april 2010 by HispanicPundit
So What Happened? | FrumForum
Frum defends himself against Charles Murray.
frum  murray  aei  FrumForum  sidebar 
march 2010 by HispanicPundit
Israel Only Acts When the World Fails To | FrumForum
Many times its the failure of the international community that makes Israel act.
Israel  foreignpolicy  iraq  FrumForum  sidebar 
march 2010 by HispanicPundit
Taking a Shot at Crime | FrumForum
How allowing honest citizens to carry guns discourages crime.
crime  guncontrol  FrumForum  sidebar 
february 2010 by HispanicPundit

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