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Steven Brill

Column: The Supreme Court hears an Obamacare fairytale

Mar 02 2015

Congressional intent will be hotly debated in the U.S. Supreme Court this Wednesday in King v. Burwell, the latest litigation vehicle being deployed by opponents of Obamacare. "Congress could not have chosen clearer language to express its intent to limit subsidies to state exchanges," the plaintiffs, represented by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, argue in their brief.

column-Bottom line on climate change: It's costing you money

Nov 18 2014

Nov 18 (This is the latest installment of Steven Brill's weekly column, "Stories I'd Like to See.") A recent Martin Wolf column in the "Financial Times," "An unethical bet in the climate casino," is a story I'm glad I saw. It prompted me to think about how to make reporting on a subject I usually find boring a lot more compelling.

Should Obamacare be derailed by a single sentence?

Nov 11 2014

Most disputes that end up at the U.S. Supreme Court are about the interpretation of the Constitution and statutes, not about facts. The press is mostly left to provide the basic background of the dispute and then quote each side’s lawyers. Little independent digging is required.

What’s the real story behind the Rick Perry ‘case?’

Aug 17 2014

By now there should have been a pile on of stories shedding light on just how ridiculous the indictment of Texas governor Rick Perry is.

A Clinton alternative, more ABC legal woes and where’s A-Rod?

Jun 24 2014

One reason Clinton might not be inevitable is that inevitable often doesn’t sell well.

Breaking procurement rules to fix Healthcare.gov, the Red Cross and Sandy, and Westerners choking in China

Oct 29 2013

In the weeks immediately following the failure of the federal government's Obamacare exchange website, policy wonks who were inclined to attach larger meaning to the fiasco than the simple incompetence of those in charge pointed to how difficult and time-consuming government procurement is.

Column: A refund for Healthcare.gov, European lobbyists, and A-Rod's curious supporters

Oct 22 2013

1. Can we get our money back for the failure of Healthcare.gov?

How Boehner can save his speakership, JPMorgan's lawyers, and the TV economics of the World Series

Oct 15 2013

Conventional wisdom is that House Speaker John Boehner has been afraid to defy the Ted Cruz-inspired House members who have insisted on closing the government and holding the debt ceiling hostage unless President Obama agrees to delay or defund Obamacare. The assumption is that Boehner fears that the most zealous Republicans in his caucus would turn on him and remove him as speaker. With that in mind, there's one story I've been waiting for and still haven't seen: Why haven't the Democrats offered to protect Boehner if he runs into trouble by allowing the full House to vote to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling?

How Obamacare burns smokers, the Economist's anonymous staff, and New York City's bike-sharing program

Oct 08 2013

Amid all the publicity around the glitch-filled launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges and the accompanying debate over whether the premiums being offered will be low enough to attract enough buyers, one aspect of the story hasn't gotten nearly the attention it deserves.

Default scenarios, Yankees' doctors, and why Internet companies backpedaled on privacy

Sep 24 2013

With a deadlock over raising the debt ceiling looking more likely than a stalemate over funding the government to avert a shutdown, I've been looking for a definitive story on what exactly will happen if the ceiling isn't raised.

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