Make-my-day Dep’t

Barack Obama is going to give Republicans a chance to vote for huge increases in health insurance premiums. Good luck with that, fellas.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

6 thoughts on “Make-my-day Dep’t”

  1. Mark, it depends on the messaging and framing. If he lets the GOP win that battle, it'll be that Evul Librulz want to destroy American Free Enterprise GodHealthcare, the Bestest in the Wholest Worldest.

  2. Talking Points Memo reports that five Senate Republicans voted for the jobs bill. Maybe some of them will be afraid to vote against the Obama's health insurance premiums bill too. And it seemed so simple for the Republicans: prevent the Democrats from doing anything to help the country, blame them for not doing anything, and then win next November!

  3. Henry says:

    "Talking Points Memo reports that five Senate Republicans voted for the jobs bill. Maybe some of them will be afraid to vote against the Obama’s health insurance premiums bill too. And it seemed so simple for the Republicans: prevent the Democrats from doing anything to help the country, blame them for not doing anything, and then win next November!"

    That is an encouraging sign. Right now, I'd say that Obama's second greatest failure is not recognizing up front that the GOP would wage a campaign of obstruction, and have the party discipline to do a good job of it. His greatest failure is not realizing that as it was clearly happening in front of him.

  4. Well, given that he's been giving Democrats the opportunity to vote on increasing premiums by 400%*, I suppose it's reasonable to get the Republicans to vote on increasing them 40%.

    *My best guess of the proposed increase for a young man in OK health between underwritten and guaranteed issue.

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