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Did SCOTUS "Side With Planned Parenthood?" (No.)

Did SCOTUS “Side With Planned Parenthood?” (No.)

Six of the nine justices voted to deny certiorari in Gee vs. Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast, Inc. and Andersen v. Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. But while these cases do contain the trigger words “Planned Parenthood”, the denial of cert does not reflect the temperature of the Court on the issue of abortion.

Medicaid in Oregon: Does it Really Matter?

God help me, I just don’t understand conservatives sometimes. I disagree with them most of the time, but I usually understand where they’re coming from. But sometimes my best acts of imagination pale in comparison to their given task. Human beings are complicated, mysterious, even phenomenal creatures; explanations that boil down to Because They’re Bad won’t cut…

Governor Romney’s Mediscam

Daniel Hatcher, a professor of law at the University of Baltimore, recently authored an op-ed for the Boston Globe on how Romney, as governor, was a deft practitioner of what’s been called “Mediscam.” The practice, which Hatcher credits to another New England Republican, Judd Gregg, is basically a case of lying through numbers: because a state’s…

In defense of quality not quantity: the case for better safety nets, not more entitlements

Reading this Will Wilkinson piece (which is a follow-up to pieces by Megan McArdle, Tyler Cowen, and Michael Cannon – all of whom you should also read on this subject) has gotten me thinking once again about health insurance reform, and especially about the way we think about entitlements in this country.  More specifically I’ve…