Bill Thompson today said he can't comment on an alternative waste transfer site or on rising health care costs because he's not mayor yet.
You have almost certainly heard a fair amount today about the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act.(1)
Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion upholding most of the Affordable Care Act wasn’t as good for liberals as it appears.(1)
The Supreme Court has upheld the vast majority of President Obama's health care plan, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the court to declare the individual mandate a constitutionally permissible tax.(1)
Obama's Supreme Court comments were unprecedented, in a sense, but so is the scenario he's warning against
This week, after a surprisingly combative oral argument over the fate of his signature health care law, President Obama warned the "unelected" justices of the Supreme Court that it would be an "an unprecedented and extraordinary" act of "judicial activism" if they invalidated the individual mandate.(1)
While some of his fellow Democrats dare Republicans to run against the president's health care plan, Chuck Schumer is arguing that the Supreme Court's verdict, either way, ought to make it a non-issue.
Maybe it’s too soon to be talking about Andrew Cuomo as a candidate for president. After all, there are so many things that can happen between now and 2016 that would complicate his, or anyone’s, nomination prospects. (What happens, for example, if the current president gets re-elected?)
What the Freelancers Union health-clinic system Christine Quinn talked about might look like, eventually
According to a Council spokeswoman, Zoe Tobin, the Council will initially pledge $100,000 for the union to open its first “medical home.” Though the union is still working on specifics, the clinic would open in Brooklyn as early as this summer and later expand into each borough.
On a conference call this afternoon, former Massachusetts secretary for human services Phil Johnston said Mitt Romney is "really not being truthful" when he claims to have opposed, and tried to repeal, a contraception mandate during his time as Massachusetts governor.(1)
Defending Romney's health plan, a Mass lawmaker makes the conservative case for the individual mandate
HUDSON, N.H.—During a question-and-answer session this afternoon in a metal-fabrication shop, with the Republican minority leader of the Massachusetts House in attendance, Mitt Romney touted the health care plan he passed when he was governor.
"I want to get your rates down," Romney told a man who complained his rates had gone up ten-fold. "You know there's a lot about the Massachusetts health care plan. There are parts I like, and parts I don't like. One of the things I do like is that I understand for individuals, who wanted to buy insurance who were not part of a group, or a big corporation, the premiums for individuals dropped by 40 percent, when our plan came into place. Because again, there was competition by the various insurance companies ... I hope to be able to do that for you sir."
Architect of Obama's health care plan fears a 'political' decision by the Supreme Court, says Romney's lying
Jonathan Gruber, a key intellectual architect of President Obama's overhaul of the American health care system, is a little frustrated.
"I'm frustrated that the future of the American health care system rests in the hands of one or two of these unelected people who might make the decision based on political grounds," Gruber, an M.I.T. professor, told me in a phone interview on Monday, a few hours after the Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act. "It's very disturbing."(19)