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Study Says Tougher Enforcement Doesn’t Seem to Make Illegal Drugs More Expensive

TCF fellow Harold Pollack is cited at Firedoglake regarding his report on the social costs of aggressive drug enforcement.

Read the full article here and see Pollack's report here.

Tags: legal marijuana, harold pollack, drug war, drug prices, drug markets, drug enforcement, dea

Wonkbook: Will There Be Another Debt Ceiling Fight

TCF fellow Harold Pollack’s post on the latest Obamacare lawsuit lands in Wonkblog’s roundup of the day’s must-read policy writing. If you missed it, check out Pollack's post at The Washington Post. Check out Wonkblog’s must-reads here.

Tags: wonkblog, obamacare lawsuit, obamacare, harold pollack

Behind Obama’s Lie, Our Own Immaturity

November 12, 2013 COMMENTARY BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Social Insurance, Continuing Health Care Reform

In Sunday’s Daily News, fellow Michael Cohen explains how President Obama’s now much-debunked claim that “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it” under the Affordable Care Act illustrates one of the basics of the American electorate: We clamor for change, then complain when changes affect us.

Tags: president obama, obamacare, michael cohen, health insurance, affordable care act

The Huge Health-Care Subsidy Everyone is Ignoring

The recent rollout of the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchanges has many speculating about the pros and cons for American citizens. Fellow Edward Kleinbard writes his take in the Washington Post on the health care subsidy of which those who need it least are already taking advantage.


"What we are witnessing today are individuals who already receive government health-care handouts attempting to prevent others from obtaining similar (but smaller in aggregate amount) health-care subsidies, as well. And as a group, today’s recipients of government health-care subsidies are better off to begin with than are those they wish to exclude."

Tags: washington post, republicans, obamacare, medicare, medicaid, healthcare reform, healthcare, health care reform, health care, edward kleinbard

Heads, We Win; Tails, You Lose

We won't know the full consequences of the shutdown of the federal government for some time. But we do know that if Congress refuses to increase the debt limit, leaving the United States without the ability to pay bills it has already incurred, the impact on the financial markets and the economy is likely to be swift, drastic, and painful. Why then are Congressional Republicans willing to risk being blamed for such far-reaching disasters?

Tags: republicans, obamacare, obama, economy, debt ceiling, affordable care act

Six Ways Obamacare Will Lower Your Health Insurance Costs

October 2, 2013 COMMENTARY BY: Michael Cassidy TOPICS: Social Insurance, Continuing Health Care Reform

Are you ready for Obamacare?

Three and a half years, one Supreme Court case, and more than 43 repeal attempts later, President Obama’s signature health care law has hit prime time as of October 1.

This means the new state health insurance marketplaces—a signature feature of Obamacare—are now open for business.

Tags: social insurance, obamacare, medical care, insurance, individual mandate, healthcare reform, department of health, congressional budget office, cbo, affordable care act


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