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Health care reform would increase access and affordability in California

Ken Jacobs, chair, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education | February 24, 2010

As the discussion begins at today’s bi-partisan meeting on health care, it is important to remember the stakes in this debate.  Nationally 31 million people are projected to gain health coverage under the President’s proposal. The White House plan would expand Medicaid eligibility at the same level as passed by the U.S. Senate and provide … Continue reading »

Reading tea leaves in Massachusetts

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | January 23, 2010

Fevered analysis by pundits and the general populace alike is linking the Republican victory in Massachusetts to repudiation of national health care. It may come as a surprise that there is actually some decent data on which to judge this election. And it suggests that Martha Coakley lost the election by failing to rouse much … Continue reading »

Pass the bill

Ken Jacobs, chair, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education | January 20, 2010

The House should act quickly and pass the Senate bill as is. They should simultaneously use the budget reconciliation process to deal with the main outstanding financial issues: improving the subsidies for lower income families, amending the excise tax on high cost plans and other changes as needed on the financing of the bill. Whatever … Continue reading »

Tyranny of the minority

Daniel Boyarin, professor of Near Eastern Studies and rhetoric |

Without wanting to seem too cynical, I think that this election, in itself alarming to me, will not make much difference at all vis-a-vis health care reform, which was nearly dead anyway. I am of the opinion that it is better to have no bill at all than one that only gives prizes to the … Continue reading »