Latest from Eric Patashnik

Republicans are still trying to repeal Obamacare. Here’s why they are not likely to succeed

In the past, conservatives have given up once new social programs passed. What's different now?

June 13, 2018

People love to hate Congress. This new book reminds us why we should treasure it.

Here's why you should read David Mayhew's “The Imprint of Congress."

April 29, 2017

Obamacare is the law of the land. But it’s still vulnerable.

The GOP failed to repeal it, but could still weaken it.

March 27, 2017

Why even the strongest Republican efforts can’t defeat the welfare state

Many Republicans before him have tried to shred the safety net. But programs that provide benefits are hard to kill.

December 12, 2016

Conservatives worry that Obamacare is a ‘super-statute.’ It isn’t quite one yet.

Obamacare has survived its last major court challenge. Now we have to figure out what its consequences are going to be.

June 28, 2015

Here are the 5 reasons Republicans are trying to cut research on evidence-based medicine

Republicans used to support research into which medical treatments work. So why are House Republicans now trying to defund the agencies that undertake that research?

June 22, 2015

Five key lessons about the welfare state

Reforming the welfare state is hard. But it can be done.

April 6, 2015

Political scientist Martha Derthick has died

She was a distinguished scholar of American government and public policy.

January 25, 2015