The plaintiffs are led by a Vietnam veteran in Virginia named David King who makes $39,000 a year and objects to having to purchase insurance on a federal exchange. He would be exempt from this requirement were he not eligible for the tax credit — his $275 monthly payment would rise to a disqualifyingly unaffordable $648 — and this exemption, his lawyers argue, was exactly Congress’s intent. Without tax credits, the insurance would be unaffordable to most customers, triggering an actuarial death spiral that would destroy the individual insurance market in any state that attempted it. The plaintiffs insist Congress created the threat of self-destructing federal exchanges to coerce states into creating their own. (Disregard the copious evidence that the law’s drafters, and officials at the state level in both parties, believed federal exchanges would include tax credits.) … [Read more...] about The Obamacare Curse: What If, Next Month, the Republicans Finally Get What They Want?
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Unfortunately, the candidate who is most qualified and ready to be commander in chief, to protect the safety and security of the American people, will not even be on the #DemDebate stage tonight — thanks to the DNC and biased corporate media. —TULSI2020 #StandWithTulsi … [Read more...] about Bloomberg haunted the Dem debate with fake irony on Twitter. Here’s how the other absent candidates fared.
Such behavior was apparently witnessed by others, as well. Dave Mann, a senior editor at Texas Monthly, said he knew from at least one reliable source at the Capitol that the state senator “was known to hit on female staffers and used them to help him meet women.” (Full disclosure, this reporter used to work with Mann at The Texas Observer.) … [Read more...] about ‘You Want to F*ck With Me Tonight?’: Horror Stories from the Texas Capitol
We tend to think of those states as dominated by white working-class voters, and they are. But that element of the electorate doesn’t fully explain what happened in 2016. But there was also a decline in African-American participation in those states versus 2012, and that is another key to 2020. The six states that I argue will decide the race are those three, plus Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina. If I had to narrow it down to the two states I think will be absolutely most decisive, I would say Arizona and Wisconsin. But what five of the six have in common are pretty robust African-American populations. And if I wanted to know the turnout rate for one demographic in 2020 for the sake of predicting the result, it would be African-American voters under forty. … [Read more...] about What the Democrats’ Turn Leftward Means for the Party’s Chances in 2020
You can feel a great deal of sympathy for those human beings consigned by genes to this constricted if luxurious life. Harry had no choice to be prince or not — and a spare heir as well. But for those who willingly join this family, and become a princess or prince through marriage? I’m less forgiving. The fantasy of being a princess depends on it’s being rare. For a young American woman to become an official princess — to have a wedding with a carriage, global adoration, and national applause — must have seemed like a fantasy. And, of course, it was. The bargain the modern monarchy has made with the British people is that, in return for the glamour, the royals have to do some kind of public service, stay uncontroversial, and not rock the boat. Harry paid his dues: a ten-year stint in the armed forces, including fighting in Afghanistan, and the usual patronage of various charities. He was a bit of a rogue at times, but that was fine. We liked that. … [Read more...] about Is There a Way to Acknowledge America’s Progress?