Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein Explains Why Insurance Companies May Keep Premiums Low
I've heard a lot of concern trolling by the pundits in the media over whether insurance rates are going to rise if not if enough young and healthy people sign up for the exchanges under the Affordable Care Act over the last few months, but this is the first time I've heard anyone explain that there are some protections for the insurance companies written into the law to prevent that from happening. Read more...
Boehner Promises More Hostage Taking On The Debt Ceiling
House Speaker John Boehner promises a "whale of a fight" over the debt ceiling after being attacked by the right for not being willing to shut the government down in order to defund "Obamacare." Read more...
Not Sexist Summers, Please
Several years ago I had a private conversation with a woman who had been in very-high-level meetings in the Obama administration including some at the highest level. She made a very clear point that one of the reasons things happened a certain way was that in meetings Larry Summers would literally shout down women who offered a contrasting viewpoint. This was a expressed as apparently a particular problem when it came to the viewpoints of women. Read more...
Call the tactic for what it is: the tea party/GOP claims of IRS targeting is nothing more than a deflection for a rightful investigation. Read more...
Paul Krugman says Obama is trying to prove his willingness to compromise to 'imaginary grownups.' Read more...

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After the release of Paul Ryan's new budget -- which looked a whole lot like his old budget -- despite the fact that the public rejected their policies when he and Mitt Romney lost the last election -- the panel members on MSNBC's Now with Alex Wagner this Tuesday were asked to weigh in on Ryan's proposal and this latest round of budget negotiations. Read more...
The spectacle of a supposedly liberal President repeatedly and needlessly trying to cut Social Security is enough to bring a reasonable, economically literate person to the point of existential despair. Read more...
Steve Brill shows George Will and Kimberley Strassel where the moochers in our health care system are. Hint: It's not insureds. Read more...
The PBS Newshour decides that David Brooks being called out for lying about the sequester and criticized roundly for it in the press isn't newsworthy, but his opinion on the sequester he lied about in his column is. Read more...
While Ezra Klein purports to push back on David Brooks' hackery, all he does is validate it. Read more...