02 Dec 2014

Legal Marijuana in the States is Undermining Illegal Marijuana in Mexico

In another sign that marijuana legalization in the United States is achieving the goals of the reform movement, there are indications that it is already undermining the illegal marijuana trade in Mexico. From NPR: “Two or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90,”

02 Dec 2014

Things are Not Looking Good for Mary Landrieu

With less than a week until the Senate runoff election in Louisiana, things are looking pretty bad for incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu. The early vote turnout appears to clearly favor Republican Bill Cassidy. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: The number of people who cast their ballots early in Louisiana dropped off from the

01 Dec 2014

Marijuana Legalization Passes Big Political Test in Uruguay

Marijuana legalization in Uruguay should proceed as planned. On Sunday marijuana reform survived its biggest political threat when Tabare Vazquez easily won the Presidential election by beating Luis Lacalle Pou in the run off. Tabare Vazquez is a member of the ruling Broad Front coalition, which pushed through the legalization

28 Nov 2014

Increasing Number of Americans Are Putting Off Seeking Health Care

If you really want to understand why the Affordable Care Act hasn’t gotten more popular you should look at this graph. The number of Americans who say they have put off medical treatment continues to rise even after the ACA’s coverage expansion was implemented. From Gallup: The “Affordable” law was

27 Nov 2014

Why I’m Thankful for the Recent Marijuana Legalization Victories

This Thanksgiving what I’m thankful for is the recent marijuana legalization victories in D.C., Oregon, and Alaska. In the short term, it will product positive change in these jurisdictions that should reduce wasteful arrests. In the long term, the three wins are slowly but surely pushing politicians across the country

26 Nov 2014

No, the ACA Hasn’t Ended Medical Bankruptcy

I find Brian Beutler’s criticism of claims made by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about health care reform in 2009 to be emblematic of why Democrats and liberals have not been able to sell the ACA to the public.

26 Nov 2014

The ACA Exchanges Can Be Fixed, But They Were Meant To Be Broken

The serious problems surrounding auto-enrollment in the new Affordable Care Act exchanges are just starting to get real attention. The problem isn’t a lack of good solutions though. The real problem is that the exchanges weren’t intended to work well for regular people. The fundamental problem with insurance exchanges is regular

25 Nov 2014

D.C. Moves One Step Closer to Allowing Recreational Marijuana Stores

Marijuana legalization continues to slowly but steadily move forward in our nation’s capital. On Tuesday the D.C. Council bill to tax and regulate marijuana was approved by the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs. The bill would provide the basic framework for licensing recreational marijuana businesses and retail stores

25 Nov 2014

House GOP Has Plans to Avoid Fight With Obama for Now

The lame duck Congress has only one thing they need to before they can take the rest of the year off, fund the government. It looks like the Republican leadership may have found a way to do their job while avoiding a protracted fight with President Obama.

25 Nov 2014

What Is the Point of an Individual Mandate if You Don’t Talk About the Mandate?

The Obama team has the duty to either drop the individual mandate or promote it heavily. Moving the open enrollment period to tax season would definitely be a good way to draw extra attention to it.