Health care costs are crippling our economy, and unless they are fixed I predict it will be the death of private sector labor unions. Yet foolishly, it looks like the unions may be giving up on the only cost controlling idea, the public option, they have championed.  

Republicans have spent the last five days defending massive overpayments to private insurance companies. Jim Webb, for some reason, also loves this huge corporate boondoggle.

Republicans put together an amendment forcing senators to go on the public option, and a bunch of Senate public option supporters think that is a great idea.

Sanders and Brown don’t seem to be on board with accepting Carper’s terrible “alternative” to the public option.

Blue Arkansas interviews the founder of the “draft Bill Halter” movement.

Blue American launches its single payer campaign.

Here is part five of my series about the few things the Senate did better than the House: including the risk adjustment mechanism.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at