Congress demonstrates yet again why controlling health-care costs is so hard

Republicans and Democrats come together to pass yet another "doc fix." But why is such a thing necessary in the first place?

More good news on Medicare and Affordable Care Act implementation

Caution is reasonable, but most of the news in health care these days has been pretty good

  • Jonathan Bernstein
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  • May 31, 2013

Medicaid expansion chalks up another win: New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie's decision is another big step toward universal coverage.

  • Jonathan Bernstein
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  • Feb 26, 2013

Fiscal deal leaves central question of Obama presidency unresolved

The battle over the future of the American welfare state was not settled by today's outcome, and that fight is the crucial one.

AFL-CIO to White House: Time to rescind your offer to Boehner

Major groups on the left won't tolerate a single additional concession of any significance on Obama's part.

The Morning Plum: Destructive anti-tax fanaticism

The GOP cannot evolve if it refuses to recognize the reality of broader public opinion.

Reasons for optimism about the Medicare age?

It has been made clear to the White House that a great many Congressional Dems believe raising the eligibility age is morally unconscionable and a nonstarter.

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

  • Jonathan Bernstein
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  • Dec 12, 2012

Liberals warn Obama: We will fight any hike in Medicare age

Senator Jeff Merkley warns that any age hike will be a nonstarter for liberals, who will fight it to the end.

The Morning Plum: Don’t raise the Medicare eligibility age, Mr. President

In an interview with ABC News, Obama declines to rule it out. But he was not elected to give away people's Medicare.

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