Carol McGruder: Big Tobacco is the Mack Daddy of all corporate pimps and while many people might wince at the politically incorrect analogy, it certainly does get your attention. It is the one industry, that no matter how often it is sued, taxed, regulated, or maligned, always manages to come out on top, selling its deadly products at all cost and raking in billions in profits.
Randy Shaw: How much more evidence does Brown need that a shift to “Plan B” – moving on tax extensions without Republican support – is overdue?
Robert Reich: The requirement that everyone purchase health insurance, or pay a fine doesn’t appeal to many Americans. They don’t like the government telling them they have to buy something. But the healthcare system can’t work without this mandate. Only if everyone buys insurance can insurers afford to cover people with preexisting conditions, or pay the costs of catastrophic diseases.