Can one determined libertarian stop millions of people from getting health insurance?
Maybe you’ve been too busy following the Republican presidential campaign to shop. Maybe you were waiting to make sure Congress passed the payroll tax break. Or maybe, like me, you’re just a chronic procrastinator. Whatever the reason, you still have time to buy gifts for the policy wonk in your life, particularly if they like books. Below are a few recommendations. I know most of these authors, so I may be biased.
The Obama Administration is pulling the plug on CLASS, the long-term insurance program within the Affordable Care Act. The announcement came late Friday, most likely because administration officials hoped to bury the news. They did not succeed, as Republicans and their supporters were all over it. Here, for example, was Senator John Thune of South Dakota: After ignoring repeated warnings from my Republican colleagues and me about the fiscal solvency of the CLASS Act, the Obama Administration jammed Obamacare through Congress in order to score a political win.
Just in time for Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate, NBC News is out with a story reminding everybody of just how closely the architects of Obamacare modeled their efforts on Romneycare. The story, by Michael Isikoff, cites White House records showing that three key analysts who worked on the Massachusetts reforms met with administration officials at least a dozen times.