Category: Talking Points Memo

Trump Promises Military Build-Up, Bemoans Trillions Spent On War

Talking Points Memo Neta Crawford, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “During remarks to the nation’s governors, President Donald Trump promised substantial increases in military and national security spending while simultaneously bemoaning trillions of dollars in military spending in the Middle East, which he said had gotten the United States “less than nowhere…” […]

Unholy Alliances: Will The Tea Party Join Sen. Warren’s Treasury Crusade?

Talking Points Memo Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) all-out push to defeat the Obama administration’s nominee for undersecretary of the Treasury for domestic policy has caused fissures among both Republicans and Democrats… Expert quote: “I don’t think you can separate it from the vote yesterday […]

GOP, Insurers Bully Dems Into Retreat On Medicare Cuts

Talking Points Memo Austin Frakt, School of Public Health Last week, the Obama administration surrendered to intense lobbying pressure from the insurance industry and members of both parties in Congress, turning a proposed pay cut to Medicare private plans into a raise… Expert quote: “It’s not like these cuts don’t have an effect. I think […]

New GOP Plan Makes Everything They Hate About Obamacare Even Worse

TPM Austin Frakt, School of Medicine, School of Public Health For the last couple months, the Republican critique of Obamacare has been founded on President Barack Obama’s broken promise: “If you like your health plan, you can keep it.” It was a pledge that the health care reform law wouldn’t disrupt the existing insurance system, that […]

Red State Dems Push Reforms That Would Damage Obamacare

Talking Points Memo Austin Frakt, School of Public Health A trio of face-saving changes to Obamacare proposed by conservative Democratic senators would do significant damage to the law, according to health policy experts… Expert quote: “An open enrollment extension merely offsets a period in early 2014 during which enrollment was essentially impossible due to website […]