Posts by Matthew Dickinson

 
 
 

A Single Payer Health Care System: As Vermont Goes….?

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As Vermont goes, so goes the nation? Back in 2010, as many of you may know, Peter Shumlin narrowly won election as Vermont governor in part on a promise to implement a single payer health coverage system run by the state. Although the term “single payer” can encompass a range of plans, the essential idea […]

Was Obamacare Worth It? Some Democrats Think Not.

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I’m up today at US News with a new post that serves as a sequel of sorts to an earlier post I wrote discussing the impact of Obama’s policy agenda on Democrats’ loss of control of Congress. In recent days Democrats such as New York Senator Chuck Schumer have openly questioned whether Obamacare was worth […]

Pssst, Mitt: It Takes 23 People to Vet One Of My Posts!

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Before I can post any essay at my Presidential Power site, it needs to pass through a rigorous vetting by a host of people on my blogging team. This includes fact-checking by my team of research assistants, and a legal review by my lawyers looking for potential libel issues. I have a technical staff that […]

The Real Reason Obama Chucked Hagel

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As the news that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had resigned “under pressure” spread, news stories immediately characterized his departure in terms of a combination of personality clashes and policy disputes. Thus, the New York Times, citing White House sources, reported the story this way: “The officials characterized the decision as recognition that the threat […]

No, Obama’s Executive Action Did Not Violate Governing Norms

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But that doesn’t mean it was smart. In my two previous posts  regarding President Obama’s decision to take executive action to defer deportation proceedings against some 5 million undocumented immigrants, I suggested that its impact on his power would be determined by politics – that is, by the public reaction, as expressed through elected officials […]

Has Obama Stepped Into the Second-Term Trap?

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Does Obama’s executive action on immigration demonstrate that he has fallen into the second-term trap that ensnared so many of his predecessors? Two years ago, looking ahead to Obama’s reelection, I posted this piece warning about the “history of past presidents who won a second term in office.” The danger, I wrote then “is that […]

Health Care and the Obama Presidency: A Giant Squander?

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There’s no doubt that, as midterms go, President Obama has not fared well. In 2010, his Democratic Party lost 63 House seats – the biggest midterm loss in that chamber since 1938 – and with it control of the House to the Republicans. Although they also lost six Senate seats, Democrats were at least able […]