For House Democrats, this will be health care week. How many voters will notice? The answer will be instructive about how the constitutional crisis that is upon us will affect action on every other problem voters expect their government to confront. President Donald Trump is engaged, as is his way, in a two-faced game. He says that by demanding the Mueller report's evidence of obstruction of justice, Democrats are mounting a vendetta that will prevent Washington from governing. Yet it is Trump who keeps the investigation at the heart of the news. He talks and tweets about it nonstop. He is impeding the House's accountability efforts across-the-board in the wake of the Mueller report, blocking access to administration officials and documents -- including his tax returns. The House cannot leave his insult to its constitutional powers unanswered. It's widely conjectured that Trump is courting impeachment because it would promote the "us vs. them" approach to politics with which he's most … [Read more...] about Protecting health care — and our Constitution
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Texas’ One-Stop Shopping for Judge in Health Care Case Supported by Sidebar ByAdam Liptak Dec. 24, 2018 WASHINGTON — When lawyers for Texas and 19 other states were deciding where to file a lawsuit seeking to wipe out President Barack Obama’s health care law, they had many choices. But they settled on a federal courthouse in Fort Worth, Tex. Forum shopping in litigation is common, and liberal lawyers challenging Trump administration initiatives like to file their cases in places like San Francisco or Brooklyn. But the lawyers in the health care case did more than choose a venue where the mix of judges was likely to include ones apt to favor their arguments. They effectively chose their own judge. That is because there is only one active judge in the Fort Worth Division of the … [Read more...] about Texas’ One-Stop Shopping for Judge in Health Care Case
By John Horgan | PUBLISHED: November 6, 2018 at 6:26 am | UPDATED: November 6, 2018 at 6:28 am The daunting complexities of the U.S. health care/health insurance landscape are on full display in San Mateo County these days. Look no farther than the current effort to preserve Seton Medical Center in Daly City (and its Coastside branch in Moss Beach) as a prime example. Seton, a private enterprise, is owned by Verity Health System (it also owns hospitals in San Jose and Gilroy). That business has filed for bankruptcy protection. If a buyer for Seton cannot be found, its assets could be shut down, leaving patients without important services in the North County. San Mateo County authorities, along with counterparts in adjacent San Francisco to the north, are scrambling to head off such a grim scenario. It’s a tough challenge. Seton’s customers are generally low-income folks who lack private insurance. Eighty-seven percent of them pay reduced rates via Medicaid or MediCal, … [Read more...] about Horgan: Seton situation shines a light on health care complexities
POLITICS 10/04/2018 02:20 pm ET Updated 31 minutes ago Can a doctor defeat the congressman who saved Obamacare repeal? By Kevin Robillard WASHINGTON — Democrats’ plan to take back the House of Representatives in November is all about health care. The unpopularity of Republican plans to replace Obamacare, combined with ever-rising health care costs, has led to a deluge of Democratic ads about protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and expanding Medicaid. That all-health-care, all-the-time strategy might find its stiffest test in Michigan’s 6th District, where a Democratic doctor has a chance to take down the man who saved the GOP’s Obamacare repeal efforts in spring 2017. Rep. Fred Upton (R) is running for his 16th term representing a district centered around Kalmazoo and covering most of the southwestern portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Upton, a relative moderate who an ally described as possessing a … [Read more...] about This Michigan District Is The Biggest Test Of Democrats’ Health Care Strategy
Ask any candidate for Congress in Minnesota this year about health care, and they’re almost certain to tell you it’s one of the most important issues in their districts — if not the single most important issue. Opinion polling backs that up: a recent CBS News poll found that 70 percent of Americans think health care is a very important issue, a larger share than any other top issue. A similar conclusion has been reached by plenty of other polls conducted over the last few months, which also find that health care is foremost in voters’ minds, even above the economy and headline-grabbing topics like immigration. Just because seemingly everyone agrees health care should be a top focus, though, doesn’t mean they agree on what parts of the issue to focus on: for the most part, Democratic and Republican candidates are telling voters very different stories when it comes to the politics of health care. In Minnesota and elsewhere, Democrats are making health care a … [Read more...] about Voters consistently rank health care as their top political concern. What does that mean for Minnesota’s House races?