Jonathan Cohn
Senior Editor

Will Soaking The Rich Go Too Far?
April 06, 2009

Clive Crook--one of my favorite conservative writers--has a new column in which he warns against raising taxes on the rich to finance new government spending, particularly health care. The reason? The U.S. tax code is already very progressive by international standards. Making the tax code even more progressive will, Crook says, push it even more to that extreme. Mr. Obama intends to squeeze the rich, but the scope for this may be more limited than US liberals would wish.

Reconciliation Rules For Health Care?
April 03, 2009

If you like majority rule in the Senate, health care reform, or both, there's some very encouraging news over at The Treatment. --Jonathan Cohn 

Hill Sources: Reconciliation Likely To Survive Conference
April 03, 2009

If you believe in majority rule, health care reform, or both, I have some good news. Some well-placed sources on Capitol Hill* are saying it's likely that the final budget resolution will include "reconciliation instructions" for health care, effectively making it impossible for Republicans to filibuster reform. As you probably know by now, the House and Senate passed their respective budget resolutions on Thursday. And one of the few key differences was a proposal that would allow use of the reconciliation to pass health care reform, thereby limiting the time of debate and amendments.

Medical Miracle: Doctors Embracing Reform
April 02, 2009

Harold Pollack is a public health policy researcher at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, where he is faculty chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies. He is a regular contributor to The Treatment. For years, the medical profession has lagged only the insurers as a designated bogeyman for many who favor health reform.

Representative Jim Cooper Gets The Treatment
April 02, 2009

It would be something of an understatement to say that liberals don’t trust Representative Jim Cooper, the Democrat from Tennessee. That’s particularly true for liberals (like me) who remember the fight over health care reform in 1993 and 1994, when Cooper championed a centrist alternative to the Clinton health care plan. One former Clinton staffer has said “no Democrat did more to destroy our chances in that fight than Jim Cooper”--a verdict many experts share.

Baseball Season Is Health Wonk Season
April 02, 2009

If you're reading this blog, chances are good that you are a health wonk. And if you are a health wonk, you should be reading the Health Wonk Review. Health Wonk Review is a biweekly collection of posts about health care from around the blogosphere, spanning different specialties, topics, and worldviews. Two of my very favorite bloggers, Matthew Holt and Joe Paduda, established it. Participants take turns hosting it. This week, the Wonk Review appearing at Health Access, the site of Treatment contributor Anthony Wright.

Jim Cooper Gets The Treatment: A Blue Dog Barks Back
April 02, 2009

It would be something of an understatement to say that liberals don’t trust Representative Jim Cooper, the Democrat from Tennessee. That’s particularly true for liberals (like me) who remember the fight over health care reform in 1993 and 1994, when Cooper championed a centrist alternative to the Clinton health care plan. One former Clinton staffer has said “no Democrat did more to destroy our chances in that fight than Jim Cooper”--a verdict many experts share.

I'd Pay For Orszag's Starbucks, Too.
April 02, 2009

Imagine opening the Washington Post to read this: OBAMA ADVISOR KILLS PEDESTRIANBudget Director Was Blackberrying and Reaching for Secure Phone While Driving Probably not a good thing, huh? But I have to wonder if that's what David Sirota had in mind when he decided to write an item about Budget Director Peter Orszag earlier this week. The occasion for the item was a profile of Orszag that ran in The New York Times. It was not a policy piece; rather, it was a color profile and a rather positive one at that.

Official State Business: Why Sebelius Makes Sense
April 02, 2009

Anthony Wright is executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition. He blogs daily at the Health Access WeBlog and is a regular contributor to the Treatment. While Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was a top contender to become Barack Obama's running mate during the campaign, she was not Obama's first choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services after the campaign was over. That distinction went to former Senator Tom Daschle.

Stayin' Alive
April 01, 2009

In early January, most of Barack Obama's senior staff assembled with the president-elect for a meeting inside a windowless, eighth-floor office at the transition headquarters in Washington. It was a pivotal moment in Obama's transformation from candidate to commander-in-chief. Obama's advisers had taken all of his campaign pledges, factored in his promise to reduce the deficit, and put together a provisional blueprint for governing.

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