Senior Nat'l Correspondent at the Huffington Post, covering health care, social welfare, and other policy issues. Writing about Washington, living in Ann Arbor.

Here's How Congress Is Helping Big Pharma Keep Drug Prices High — If you want to know why it's so hard to fight the pharmaceutical industry and reduce spending on prescription drugs, pay close attention to a new Obama administration initiative and the reaction it's getting on Capitol Hill -- even from would-be allies in the Democratic Party.

Clinton Won Big Tuesday Night. But Sanders Has Won Something Too. — That was true before Tuesday night's big Hillary Clinton is virtually certain to be the Democratic Party's nominee for president. wins in the Northeast primaries. It's truer now. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) seems to realize it, based on a statement his campaign released late Tuesday evening.

Where Bernie Sanders' Health Care Crusade Might Go From Here — That's particularly true for one of his signature issues: health care. No matter what happens with the Democratic presidential nomination, the Vermont senator can keep pushing to to fill in the holes of Obamacare, while creating the building blocks for the single-payer system he has advocated for his entire political career.

Maryland Obamacare Rates: State Officials Report Lower Bids — The latest state to publish insurance rates under Obamacare is Maryland. The results seem consistent with the pattern we've seen so far. When state officials want the law to work, it works pretty well. And Maryland officials want the law to work. The governor is a prominent Democrat and among Obamacare's most vocal boosters.

This One Line Sums Up The Big Clinton-Sanders Policy Argument — If you want to know why so many liberal policy wonks are exasperated with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) -- and why so many Sanders supporters are exasperated with liberal policy wonks -- you'll find the answer in an unexciting but revealing statement Hillary Clinton made during Thursday night's in Brooklyn.

Why New York's Democratic Debate Suddenly Seems A Lot More Important — The moderators at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate shouldn't have a hard time thinking up questions. It's been more than a month since Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met on stage. Since that time, the campaign has become far more contentious -- with nasty arguments over everything from whether Clinton is "qualified" to whether Vermont's lax gun laws caused crime in New York, which is the site of next week's primary.

Here's What's Really Going On With Obamacare Premiums — If you follow the news or listen to the Republican presidential candidates, then you've probably heard that premiums for some Affordable Care Act plans went way up last year. But now the Obama administration is saying that, for the vast majority of people buying coverage through, premiums are only 4 percent higher than they were last year.

The Real Reason Republicans Won't Give Obama's Supreme Court Nominee A Hearing — Senate Republicans are refusing to hold hearings on Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, supposedly because of the timing. As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) explained on Wednesday, Republicans want to wait until after this year's presidential election -- in order to "give the people a voice in filling this vacancy."

Maybe The GOP Establishment Should Have Embraced John Kasich Sooner — Ohio Gov. John Kasich's big win in his home state keeps him in the Republican race -- and puts him in position to contend seriously in states like neighboring Pennsylvania, where he's headed next and where he would appear to be well-positioned to challenge both real estate mogul Donald Trump and Sen.

Trump's Health Care Plan Is Just As Terrible As You Imagined — Donald Trump likes to he's different from other Republicans -- that he wouldn't let people die in the streets because they don't have health care. Trump is lying. And a new report shows it.
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Apr 30, 2016

RT @jonathanchait: Too esoteric for @NYMag readers, but on my FB page, I replied to @CoreyRobin's defense of the "neoliberal" epithet…//

Apr 30, 2016

@ddayen Of course lots of people still struggling, lots of work to do. But struck me as an interesting political indicator.

Apr 30, 2016

@ddayen He breaks it out by income class too. More optimism among the wealthy, as you'd expect, but same basic trend for all classes.

Apr 30, 2016

RT @gdebenedetti: The end of @MikeBloomberg's Michigan commencement address-turned-OpEd. Wonder who he means!

Apr 30, 2016

RT @LiteratiBkstore: Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Whether you visit us or another great indie, please support your local bookstore!

Apr 30, 2016

Just a reminder that the ACA markets have winners as well as losers....…

Apr 30, 2016

Simplifying and even limiting insurance options can actually help consumers more than overwhelming them with choices…

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