Tara Culp-Ressler: RAND estimates that about two million previously uninsured people have enrolled in private coverage on Obamacare’s new marketplaces; about 4.5 million previously uninsured people have gained public coverage through Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion; and about three million previously uninsured young people are now covered on their parents’ insurance plans.
Tom Hayden: Let’s at least agree that “Happy Days Are Here Again” cannot be the Democratic theme song between now and 2016. We are beyond the brink, in the danger zone, in many ways.
Margaret Flowers: It pains me to see that the Affordable Care Act siphons billions of public dollars to create more bureaucracy and transfers hundreds of billions of public dollars directly to the private insurance industry when I know that those dollars should be paying for the health care that so many in our country desperately need.
Brent Budowsky: If the president extends the enrollment deadline and the all-out war against ObamaCare is answered by the full force and power of the Democratic world, the battle of ideas will be won, the Democratic base will be roused and the elections of 2014 will be saved for Democrats.
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Works Progress Administration: California should use its unexpected multi-billion dollar surplus to establish a California State Bank (CSB).
Attacking Abortion Rights: After Brewer’s widely publicized veto, lawmakers in Arizona advanced new legislation to attack abortion rights.
John Perez Unqualified: One glaring reason for roundly rejecting Speaker Gifty: handing the state over to health insurers and providers.
Promoting Indentured Servitude: It’s as if a movement which proclaims its devotion to freedom is actually promoting indentured servitude.
ObamaCare Delusions: Republicans believe it is good politics to demand that Americans who want to retire should not be allowed to retire.
Joe Mathews: Choi probably comes closer than any living Californian to embodying the skills needed by our state today.
Racism Public Health Issue — Structures of racism and privilege continue to put a serious toll on the African American community’s health.
Ban the Bag Legislation — Last week’s about-face on SB 270 came in part because Latinos led local communities’ demand for the passage.