The Democratic Party’s Failure on Trade Policy

As anyone who follows the news is aware, Barack Obama's biggest legislative goal for his second term is to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. He may well get fast-track authority in order to push for passage of the agreement, and the agreement may yet pass. I hope that he does get fast-track authority, and …

Social Media: Not the Place to Go for Sober-Headed Legal Analysis

There has been a lot of debate about the letter sent by 47 Republican senators to the Iranian regime regarding the negotiations over nuclear energy use--likely for weapons--by Iran. I happen to think that sending the letter was a bad idea; foreign policy has been found to be the province of the executive branch, with …

Yes Virginia, Jonathan Gruber Was a Key Obamacare Consultant

Peter Suderman has the facts at hand. It is not surprising that Obamacare fans are currently trying to convince the rest of us that Gruber had very little to do with the design and implementation of Obamacare--after all, given the degree to which Gruber has inconvenienced pro-Obamacare forces, it would be positively unnatural if fans …

More Obamacare Failures

Behold: Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring. But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works …

Begun, the Buck-Passing Has

Raise your hands if you are actually surprised by this: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years. Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority …

The Never Ending Trainwreck

If you want some reassuring news about Obamacare, you have come to the wrong blog: The president of the United States informs us that under Obamacare, we "might end up having to switch doctors." This is the part where I remind readers--as though any reminder were actually needed--that during the campaign for Obamacare, the president reassured …

Unbelievably Enough, We Have News of Still More Obamacare Problems

Just unbelievable: It’s been a bad week for Obamacare.  Incredibly, the White House has had to grant yet another delay in the employer mandate. This time, employers with between 50 to 99 employees who don’t already offer health insurance to their employees have until 2016 to comply with the shifting Obamacare requirements.  This latest delay represents …

Spare a Thought for Nancy Pelosi

She is only the House minority leader, and the former speaker of the House. And she was speaker when Obamacare was passed. How could she possibly have known that there would be implementation failures? I mean, it's not as though she was, or is a powerful political official with access to information, or anything. Recall …

Obamacare Is Bringing Down the Obama Administration

With each passing day, the president's signature legislative achievement is becoming more and more of a liability for him and for his administration, politically. (We leave aside for the moment the policy liability that it is and always has been for the country.) Josh Kraushaar invites us to contemplate the previously unthinkable scenario of Democrats (yes, …