The Anti-Vaccine Movement Meets Reality

In the worst way, of course: In the ongoing skirmishes between public health officials and vaccine skeptics, I'm scoring this one for the pro-immunization forces. A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunized against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come …

Neel Kashkari on the Jobs Situation in California

Neel Kashkari decided to highlight the bad jobs situation in California by putting "only $40 in my pocket (and no credit cards), a backpack, a change of clothes and a toothbrush," traveling to Fresno (by Greyhound bus), and seeing whether he could find a job. Any job. It should not have been difficult; as Kashkari …

Neel Kashkari for Governor of California

George Will discusses Kashkari's appeal, which might well prove to be considerable, given the politics of the state of California. The state would do well to elect a governor who has more than a passing amount of experience with the private sector, of course; hasn't California had enough of career politicians like Jerry Brown, who …

Opportunism Knocks

Over in California, Republicans are trying to get Democratic state senator Rod Wright kicked out of the California legislature for having been convicted of "eight counts of voter fraud and perjury for lying about whether he lived in his district." Democrats are resisting, claiming "hilariously" that "the judge could overturn the verdict." Of course, it …

Obamacare and the Setback in Civics

Once again, if a Republican president did this kind of thing, we would be complaining about an imperial presidency: For the second time in a year, the Obama administration is giving certain employers extra time before they must offer health insurance to almost all their full-time workers. Under new rules announced Monday by Treasury Department …

Obamacare: The Hits Keep On Coming

Obamacare and employment are not a match made in Heaven: A historically high number of people will be locked out of the workforce by 2021, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday. President Barack Obama's signature health-care law will contribute to this phenomenon, the CBO said, citing new estimates that the Affordable Care …

The “New and Improved” Obamacare May Be New, But It Is Hardly Improved

Someday, when it comes to the rollout of Obamacare, I will assume that things cannot possibly get worse, and blessedly, I will be right. Today, however, is not that day: Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California's health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went …

Of Persistent Obamacare Gremlins and Other Health Care Policy Failures

I presume that this is the "new and improved" Obamacare that everyone is suddenly supposed to be enthusiastic about: After refusing for weeks to detail the extent of back-end problems with healthcare.gov, the Obama administration on Friday said a technical bug affected approximately 25 percent of enrollments on the federal exchanges in October and November. Those technical bugs, …