Florida Refuses to Expand Medicaid: 32-Year-Old Woman Dies

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Tara Culp-Ressler: A recent study conducted by Harvard researchers estimated that as many as 17,000 people will die directly as a result of their states refusing to expand Medicaid.

States That Expanded Medicaid See Huge Jump In Enrollments

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Tara Culp-Ressler: Obamacare has had a “woodwork effect” — essentially, helping to raise awareness about people’s health insurance options, and therefore encouraging uninsured Americans to come out of the woodwork to sign up for Medicaid.

The Democrats’ ‘Third Way’ Quarrel Could Change Your Future

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Third Way — Why are Democrats affiliated with a group which works so strenuously to gut Democratic programs?

Dem Base Fears Obama Sellout

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Brent Budowsky: Many of those who worked their hearts out and won the last election are increasingly concerned today, a concern that would be ignored at great political peril..

Will Dems Tax Rich to Avoid Fiscal Cliff?

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Shamus Cooke: Literally the day after the election a sudden “urgency” gripped the nation: the imminent danger of the so-called “fiscal cliff” — the national automatic tax increases and spending cuts due in January.

The Politics of the Jobs Report

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Robert Reich: RBoth Obama and Romney assume the recovery will continue, even at a slow pace, and that we’ll be back to normal at some point. But I’m not at all sure. “Normal” is what got us into this mess in the first place.

Why Are DREAMers Denied Health Coverage?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: I can’t wrap my head around it. Why in the world did the President deny deferred actioners coverage under the Affordable Care Act?

Suddenly Homeless: Kids With No Roof

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Charley James: Homeless children not only are robbed of their childhood but also suffer at school so their situation is likely to affect them the rest of their lives.

Uniting Occupy and Labor Over Health Care

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Shamus Cooke: In order to unite all working Americans into a powerful coalition, Medicare for All should be demanded, so that all Americans will see their interests reflected in the fight.

“Bipartisan” Plotters Targeting Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

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Carl Bloice: Several Democrats said during the day that the presentation had the support of a majority of the six Democrats on the panel, leaving the impression that at least one, and possibly two, of the party’s lawmakers had not signed on — possibly Becerra and Clyburn.

The Way Forward for Occupy Portland

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Shamus Cooke: If the Occupy Movement demanded that the wealthy and corporations be taxed to create jobs and prevent cuts to social programs, the 99% would see a movement built in its own image

Next Steps for the Occupy Movement

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Shamus Cooke: The Occupy Movement has more than room for an umbrella of demands from diverse sections of working class people, but now we must focus on what unites the vast majority, since the corporations have focused on dividing us for decades.

The Seven Biggest Economic Lies

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Robert Reich: Here’s a short effort to rebut the seven biggest whoppers now being told by those who want to take America backwards.

In the Debt Ceiling Machinations Democracy Is Also Up for Grabs

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Carl Bloice: If the people who set the Tea Party in motion and sustain it want a mandatory “balanced budget” there is a democratic way of going about getting one; introduce specific legislation. They wouldn’t take that route.

10 Reasons for Progressives to Feel Reassured About the Debt Package

Lucia Brawley: Polls showed a majority of Americans wanted Obama to compromise more. He did. In the election, no one can say he is the unreasonable one.

The Biggest Driver in the Deficit Battle: Standard & Poor’s

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Robert Reich: Standard & Poor’s insists any deal must also contain a credible, bipartisan plan to reduce the nation’s long-term budget deficit by $4 trillion — something neither Harry Reid’s nor John Boehner’s plans do.

Medicare Is the Solution, Not the Problem

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Robert Reich: The real problem is the soaring costs of health care that lie beneath Medicare. They’re costs all of us are bearing in the form of soaring premiums, co-payments, and deductibles. Medicare offers a means of reducing these costs — if Washington would let it.

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Going Beyond Wisconsin: Thinking About Strategy Months Later

Bill Fletcher: Nationally, the Republicans are advancing their ‘final offensive’ against unions and, in the words of noted columnist, Harold Meyerson, seek to repeal the 20th century.

Obama Looking Like a Champ

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Alvaro Huerta: To be a real champ, Obama now needs to end the tax cuts for the rich, withdraw all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and get the DREAM Act passed.

Budget Jujitsu

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Robert Reich: We can reduce the long-term budget deficit, keep everything Americans truly depend on, and also increase spending on education and infrastructure — by cutting unnecessary military expenditures, ending corporate welfare, and raising taxes on the rich.

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The Republican Plan with Lipstick

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Robert Reich: Republicans figure that if they can’t sell the pig, they’ll just put lipstick on it and find some suckers who will think it’s something else.

A Tale of Two Town Halls

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Joseph Palermo: The Republican House members who voted for Paul Ryan’s Ayn Rand wet-dream budget are apparently getting an earful from their constituents.

Beware of the Racial Demagoguery

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Carl Bloice: With public opinion across the political spectrum clearly opposed to slashing the healthcare and retirement programs, any negotiated settlement would be undemocratic.

The Fake Budget Debate

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Shamus Cooke: This two-party big lie is not an accident, but an expression of a deeper held belief: that the U.S. government must be directed to meet the needs of the super wealthy who own U.S. corporations.

A ‘Vision’ for the New Century. Or, a Nightmare

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Carl Bloice: If the whole, hardly-nail-biting business accomplished nothing else it momentarily diverted attention away from the big budget fight coming up, the one that will probably shape the country’s economic and social reality for decades to come.

Right-Wing Bullies Hold Nation Hostage

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Robert Reich: I hope the President decides he has to take a stand, and the sooner the better.

Democrats Should Never Have Started Paying Ransom

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Robert Reich: Problem is, when you pay ransom once, you’re almost begging to pay it again. And that’s exactly the pickle the Obama administration is finding itself in.

Financial Journalism and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Carl Bloice: Some critics have taken the author Stieg Larsson to task for spending time on the state of economic reporting, suggesting that dragging in the issues of the day distracts unnecessarily from the enjoyment of a good murder mystery. For me it was one of the book’s highlights.

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It’s Time To Enact Health Care With 51 Senate Votes

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Robert Reich: My free advice to the President: If you want to get healthcare enacted you must use reconciliation and quickly. Host your bipartisan gab fest at the White House on Thursday. Then tell the House and Senate to get to work on putting their bills together (or tell the House Dems to enact the Senate bill and then save their disagreements for reconciliation), and tell Harry Reid you want the Senate bill on a fast track of reconciliation.

Friday Feedback: Healthcare History Lesson

Any crumb that could have been thrown: Medicare buy-in for 55-64, state’s right to establish single payer or reimportation of prescription drugs was swept off the table. (Notice I intentionally left the weak feckless public option off that list).

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