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Ezra Klein: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Health care passes the House

Health-care reform passed the House, quite literally, at the eleventh hour. It passed with a slim, two-vote margin. But it passed. That is more than has ever happened before. More than Truman or Nixon or Carter or Clinton managed....

By Ezra Klein  |  November 7, 2009; 11:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Can't follow the action without a Twitter account

Live coverage of the vote is happening over at my Twitter feed. Well, coverage may not be quite accurate. "Commentary" probably more like it. Other good live tweeters include Wonk Room, Dave Dayen, Jon Cohn, Jeff Young, Jesse Taylor, Matthew...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 7, 2009; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The gender politics of the abortion "compromise"

It's sadly telling that the "compromise" proposal limiting abortion was offered by Bart Stupak, and seconded by a Republican male. The opposition was led by Diana DeGette, and seconded by Rosa DeLauro. Stupak's proposal has female supporters, to be sure,...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 7, 2009; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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The "debate" in the House

When you watch C-SPAN, there's a little chryon across the bottom of the screen that say's "Today's Debate." You hear that word a lot when it comes to Congress. "Debate." The rules today allowed for four hours of "debate." The...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 7, 2009; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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A very bad deal to pass a very good bill

The final compromises before a bill comes to the floor are never very pretty. This one, however, is worse than I anticipated. Opposition from anti-abortion Democrats, driven in large part by aggressive activism from the Catholic Church, forced Democratic...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 7, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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The critical votes come home for the House's health-care reform bill

Rep. Jim Cooper, a moderate Democrat from Tennessee, has been skeptical of the House's health-care reform bill from the beginning. But a press release sent moments ago by his office announced his intention to vote for health-care reform. And it's...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 7, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Tab dump

1) Entitlement reform is health-care reform. 2) The meaninglessness of shootings. 3) Health-care strategery. 4) Bruce Bartlett on deficit commissions. Recipe of the day: A tomato soup that includes blue cheese and sriracha. The House might pass health-care reform this...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Can Congress control costs?

One of the more sophisticated arguments against health-care reform is that for all the sharp policies and elegant initiatives contained in the bill, none of it will work because Congress will vote to roll back the cost savings. The...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Congress , Health Economics , Health Reform  
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Socialism in action

At Thursday's tea party march protesting government-run health care, a participant suffered a heart attack about 20 minutes into the proceedings. As Dana Milbank reports, medical personnel from the Capitol physician's office rushed over, attaching electrodes to the man's...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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How fast should Obama be moving?

In today's column, David Brooks echoes the conservative conventional wisdom that President Obama "is moving too fast," though he attributes the sentiment to independent voters as opposed to himself. As Tim Fernholz notes, however, it's not clear that Obama's...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Ben Nelson: When the economy's not strong there's a lot of interest in weakening the economy

Matthew Yglesias picks up on quite a quote from Ben Nelson: Democrat Ben Nelson, a Senator from Nebraska, said the slumping economy and rising joblessness will be factors as Congress considers climate change and health care legislation. They are also...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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What's going on in the House?

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on health-care reform Saturday. But the days before a big vote are rarely calm ones, and this week has been no exception. Democrats don't expect a single Republican to cross over...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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An interview with Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson: Part 2

On Friday, I sat down with George Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed-care organization in the United States. The interview is long, so I'm transcribing it in parts. The first installment focuses on the role of private insurers,...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Health Reform , Interviews  
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Lunch break

We've been talking a bit about how technology does, or does not, kill romance this week, so it's interesting to watch ethnographer Stefana Broadbent present her research on the ways in which technology encourages intimacy:...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Will the Northern Marianas become America's insurance capital?

It seems that the Republican health-care alternative is, surprisingly, even worse than I thought. It's not just that it allows insurers to cluster in whichever state has the loosest regulations and sell policies that only accord with those minimal standards...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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More on the home buyer's tax credit

I took some shots at the expansion of the home buyer's tax credit yesterday, but Steve Pearlstein really tees off in today's column. Good stuff. But it doesn't answer one of the arguments that came up in the comment...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Economic Policy  
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Don't listen to Texas

Texas's Rick Perry and Mars's Newt Gingrich have an op-ed in The Washington Post this morning presenting the Lone Star State as an example of all the whiz-bang health-care innovation being generated at the state level. "Texas," they write,...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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World's greatest deliberative body watch

Breaking with recent precedent, Congress managed to pass some legislation yesterday, extending unemployment benefits and expanding the home buyer's tax credit. Kevin Drum looks at what it took to get there: Democrats only had to break three separate filibusters in...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Postal Service fact of the day

Joe Davidson reports from a hearing on the future of the Postal Service: Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.), chairman of the subcommittee on the federal workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia, noted that Postmaster General Jack Potter, who...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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A more modest vision for the public plan

Jacob Hacker and Diane Archer make the argument for the public option with negotiated rates. Medicare rates would be better, they say, but the public plan can still play a host of valuable roles, some of which people don't really...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 6, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Tab dump

1) Spencer Ackerman takes us deep inside the administration's Afghanistan process. 2) Mark Schmitt proclaims himself a "Title IX dad." 3) Stephen Waldman's very meta take on his sit-down with the Treasury Department. 4) Health care has now been endorsed...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Fannie Mae's burn rate

Fannie Mae lost a shade less than $20 billion last quarter (off revenues of merely $6 billion). That's a serious burn rate. And it led some colleagues and I to try to calculate Fannie Mae's actual burn rate. If you...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Why eating isn't like smoking

I forgot to link to my latest Food policy column, but it centers around a farmer's market stroll with OMB health-care policy adviser Ezekiel Emanuel. The government is fairly sure-footed when it comes to health-care policy. But what about...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Food  
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The problem, and expansion, of the new homeowner tax credit

In a 403-12 vote, the House overwhelmingly backed extending and expanding the new home buyer's tax credit. Where before only first-time buyers were eligible for the $8,000 credit, the expansion will make a $6,500 credit available to homeowners who have...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Economic Policy , Economics  
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An Interview with Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson: Part I

On Friday, I sat down with George Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed-care organization in the United States. The interview is long, so I'm transcribing it in parts. The first piece focuses on the role of private insurers,...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Health Reform , Interviews  
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The problem with press conferences

I don't attend many press conferences. I try to stay away from background briefings. I don't go to many small question-and-answer sessions. And I hate and loathe conference calls. Yves Smith, who just participated in a small briefing at the...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Focusing on spending

As Alex Tabarrok comments, David Beckworth manages to sum up a lot of recent economic history into this one figure. What's interesting about this graph is that Beckworth places nominal spending at the center of the story, rather than GDP...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs  
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The evolution of Michael Steele

RNC Chairman Michael Steele readies himself for some purging: RNC Chairman Michael Steele, channeling his party's energized conservative wing, said the party will "come after" moderates who support President Obama's domestic policies. "[C]andidates who live in moderate to slightly...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Lunch break

Jose Andres teaches you to make tomato and bread salad:...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Chat transcript

New York, N.Y.: Who do you think would be the best superhero spokesperson for comprehensive health reform? I mean, here's Superman on the subject. ... but Dr. Strange is ... well, a doctor. -Shadowbanker (Ecocomics) Ezra Klein: Spiderman! People forget...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The progressive case for the excise tax

Art Levine has a good post on the AFL-CIO's opposition to taxing insurance benefits. He links to an ad they've released (pdf) that says, in bold letters, "IT IS JUST WRONG TO PUT THE BURDEN OF PAYING FOR HEALTH-CARE...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Health Economics , Health Reform  
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When the past was the future

Tim Carmody looks back on the joyously remembered "Happy Days" era, particularly when set in opposition to the chaos and uncertainty of the Facebook generation: It’s mem­ory as ide­ol­ogy, cre­ated (whether con­sciously or uncon­sciously) to sur­rep­ti­tiously win argu­ments about the...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Live chat today

Things will be said. Topics will be addressed. Secrets will be revealed. Submit questions here, or join in live at noon....

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Germans probably have a word for that

Neil Sinhababu agrees with Michelle Malkin's argument that conservatives should purge moderates from their party. But what do you call the sort of agreement that relies on sharp disagreement about both end goals and the means to achieve them? We've...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Remember ol' Dixie

One of the quirks of American politics in the '90s was that though power changed hands in Washington a number of times, the region in power remained pretty constant. Washington, as Kevin Drum notes, was almost completely controlled by Southerners:...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Congressional Budget Office Thrashes Republican Health-Care Plan

Republicans are learning an unpleasant lesson this morning: The only thing worse than having no health-care reform plan is releasing a bad one, getting thrashed by CBO and making the House Democrats look good in comparison. Late last night,...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Tab dump

1) The food lobby throws down against the soda tax. 2) Ta-Nehisi Coates on romance. 3) America's last oppressed minority: Rush Limbaugh. 4) Can we shame the worst carbon emitters into energy efficiency? 5) Spencer Ackerman interviews the producers of...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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More on Buffett's purchase of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

A reader responds to my earlier post: There are many reasons Buffett purchased BNSF. The WSJ argument is tenuous, at best. Your analysis hits on potential factor involved in his timing (he could have bought much earlier). However, since he...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Recipe for a better bill

Harold Meyerson thinks the House's health-care reform bill is not only better policy, but better politics as well. For families who buy their insurance on the exchanges that both bills establish, for instance, the House bill includes more generous subsidies...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Krugman on Krugman

Paul Krugman, annoyed by an offhand caricature from economist Ed Phelps, pens a quick refresher on the thinking of modern Keynesians: Fiscal stimulus is necessary only under certain special conditions. Namely, when you’re up against the zero lower bound, and...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Economic Policy  
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Bless you

Politicians, pollsters and interest groups have spent a lot of time and money this year searching for just the right message on health-care reform. But what if the answer was right in front of their twitching, irritated noses? Last May,...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Congress gets another voice on health-care reform

Brian Beutler looks at what "yesterday's overwhelming, historic Republican victory" means for health-care reform: The NY-23 seat abdicated by Republican John McHugh (who resigned to become Secretary of the Army) went to Democrat Bill Owens -- the first Democrat to...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Climate change vs. American politics

David Roberts wrote a smart post a few days ago explaining why the climate bill is going to suck. The answer, in short, is the Senate. Cap and trade, like every other bill, will face "a supermajority requirement coupled...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Climate Change , Government  
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Governance matters more than elections

Mark Schmitt looks forward: It's governance, not elections, that will matter. If Republican governors like Chris Christie in New Jersey, Robert McDonnell in Virginia, or others elected in 2008 or earlier are seen as successful governors, that's the path back...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Midterms  
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Lunch break

Becky Blanton talks about the year she spent homeless:...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Love and keyboards

One more thought on the changes that digital communications have wrought on old-fashioned romance, and the hand-wringing commentary that emerges mostly from conservative quarters: We're seeing, in part, the conflict between social conservatism to economic conservatism. Old modes of courtship...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Obama gets Buffett to buy trains

The Wall Street Journal argues that Warren Buffett's purchase of a major freight railroad represents Buffett's sense that the Obama administration's emphasis on infrastructure and climate change is going to do wonders for the nation's railroad system. But Buffett's...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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What Bloomberg's win cost him

Jay Newton-Small runs the numbers: Bloomberg, a former Republican who ran this time as an Independent, spent more than $85 million of his personal fortune on the race -- dwarfing the amount Thompson raised -- the most cash dispensed for...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Election trends worth watching

Dismissive as I am of trying to read too deeply into a small handful of statewide, off-year elections, there are a couple of structural trends worth keeping an eye on. The first is the composition of the electorate. The...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 Midterms  
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Primary challenges

My hunch is that this isn't an entirely good-faith reading of my post on primary challenges, but to be clear: It can be the case that party activists were right to challenge Joe Lieberman and Arlen Specter and that those...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Elections!

If you're looking for some serious election-night analysis, head over to Chris Cillizza's spot. The flash summary is that the Republican won in Virginia and New Jersey, and the Democrat won -- for the first time since the 19th...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 4, 2009; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Tab dump

1) "When my brother developed kidney disease and his health insurance refused to pay to treat it," recalls Karen Tumulty, "I looked into Texas' high-risk pool and discovered it would be far out of his reach, with premiums that typically...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Will the iPhone kill love?

David Brooks thinks twitter has killed romance. "Across the centuries," he says, "the moral systems from medieval chivalry to Bruce Springsteen love anthems have worked the same basic way. They take immediate selfish interests and enmesh them within transcendent,...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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The bipartisanship test

As Tim Fernholz notes, Republicans have been arguing that the country needs a bipartisan health-care bill. Fair enough: Where's theirs? [A]side from not doing much, this Republican bill isn't even remotely bipartisan. They don't even bother to include any Democratic...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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High-risk pools

Republicans like to bring up so-called "high-risk pools" as an alternative to health-care reform. They're in the plan Boehner released this morning, they were featured in McCain's campaign proposal, and they're generally popular among people who want to say they're...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Ever wondered how to spend $47,221.09 on lunch for five?

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich walks you through it. On the other hand, Abramovich is worth $8.5 billion. If my math is right, for him to spend $47,000 on lunch is equivalent to someone with $70,000 in the bank spending 38...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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How to lose by winning

I'm not terribly interested in the outcomes of today's elections. I imagine McConnell will beat Deeds. Corzine might edge out Christie. But the story of a disliked governor who managed to hold onto his seat by mocking his opponent's waistline...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 Midterms  
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America's pro-flu labor laws

"About 40 percent of all private-sector workers do not receive paid sick days," reports the New York Times, "and as a result many of them cannot afford to stay home when they are ill. Even some companies that provide...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Could menu labeling make America fatter?

The first study of menu labeling's effects in New York was pretty discouraging. The second study is somewhat better, though not comforting for anyone looking for a game-changer. The New York Times reports: Just a few weeks ago, independent researchers...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Lunch break

Ever thought that "all these Alexander Hamilton biographies are great, but I'd much prefer this information delivered in a rap format?" Well, here you go: YouTube Video ResizerMySpace Layouts MySpace Codes MySpace Backgrounds...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Republicans want to make the insurance industry more like the credit card industry

"A House Republican health-care bill wouldn't seek to prevent health-insurance companies from denying sick people insurance," the first paragraph of the Wall Street Journal's preview of the latest Republican health-care reform alternative says. "Republicans also wouldn't prevent insurers from ending...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Obama as 'clutch player'

Michiko Kakutani reviews David Plouffe's campaign memoir: [Obama] is depicted as someone accustomed to being in control: when Mr. Plouffe first met him during his 2004 Senate race, he writes, Mr. Obama was “having a hard time allowing his...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Has the public-option fight been good for health-care reform?

Most health-care wonks agree that the immense controversy generated by the public option has deflected attention from other important elements of the bill. You can draw only so many lines in the sand before a couple begin getting washed away....

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Department of Corrections: Des Moines skyscrapers are unexpectedly tall

Nick Johnson writes in: Great piece on health prices, but your analogy -- US health care prices : other countries' health care prices :: NY skyscrapers : Des Moines skyscrapers -- does a disservice to Des Moines. According to Wikipedia...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Why don't we have more Joe Liebermans?

My sense that Joe Lieberman was just blustering last week isn't looking too good as the self-styled independent wanders around town reiterating his threat to filibuster health-care reform. The Senate leadership and the White House continue to deny any...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Senate  
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Tab dump

1) The brain's response to junk food is similar to its response to heroin. 2) Rahm is getting more involved in financial regulation. 3) A photo essay of the final days of Gourmet magazine. 4) Nothing makes me angrier than...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Massachusetts provides evidence that health-care reform lowers insurance premiums

MIT health economist Jon Gruber sends along a paper looking at premiums under the new House plan: The Congressional Budget Office (the official government scoring agency) reported that they estimated the cost of an individual low-cost plan in the exchange...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Is this a Reagan moment or a Goldwater moment?

David Plouffe was on “Meet the Press” this weekend, and his analysis of the mess in New York's 23rd District was pretty spot-on: DAVID GREGORY: [Sarah Palin] endorsed the -- the independent, more conservative candidate. And now we've got...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Budget context

A good, well, tweet from Chris Hayes: Anyone notice that the pres signed a $680 BILLION defense approp bill in the midst of our debates about $90b a yr for hc? That $680 billion, incidentally, doesn't count the cost of...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Budget  
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Are Democrats 'rushing things'?

To pretend a bit of naiveté for a second, the people -- some call them "Republicans" -- who keep arguing that the Obama administration is "rushing things" have a really easy way to put an end to it: start...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Refrigerator philosophy

I'm moving. And not just from one house to another, but from one living situation to another. For years, I've lived in a group house. Before that, I lived in college. Before that, with my parents. This will be...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Food  
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A pessimistic thought on the exchanges

In the House health-care reform plan, the exchanges are expected to serve 21 million people in 2019. Almost all of those people come from the uninsured population or don't make enough money to afford the coverage their employer offers. That...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Health Economics , Health Reform  
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If Best Buy sold health care ...

It's a pretty safe bet that I'm going to be interested in any post entitled: "Health Care Costs: A Market-Theoretic View." And economist Austin Frakt delivers: His argument, essentially, is that a more competitive insurance market could lead to...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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Lunch break

Last week, Christopher Walken taught you to make chicken. Today, he covers Lady Gaga. My Halloween party this year had a couple of Lady Gagas. They looked better than Walken, but they didn't capture the Gaga spirit with quite the...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Eating dogs

So long as we're talking about meat, I might as well link this op-ed by Jonathan Safron Foer arguing that we should all eat dog. Foer is coming out with a book on vegetarianism soon, and though the initial...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Food  
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Hybrid cows

It's inarguable that the livestock industry is a tremendous contributor to global warming. Estimates place it above the global transportation sector. To put it simply, cows are worse than cars. Add in that demand for meat is expected to...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Climate Change , Food  
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The Rhode Island Streetcar

As a new resident of the LeDroit/Bloomingdale area, I'm pretty jazzed -- do people still say jazzed? -- about the proposed streetcar line that's slated to run a few blocks from my new home. But I'd also second Left...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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An insurance industry CEO explains why American health care costs so much

On Friday, I sat down with Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson to talk about health-care reform. The conversation was long and ranging and will take a while to transcribe. But before we really got into the weeds, Halvorson handed...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Health Economics , Health Reform  
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Awards

The New Republic's Jon Chait on awards: Nearly every field of human endeavor has a regular prize. And nearly every prize seems to regularly go to a clearly undeserving winner. Woody Allen’s character complained in Annie Hall, “They’re always giving...

By Ezra Klein  |  November 2, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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