Updates / Government Reform


By / 5.7.2019

Last week the Trump administration announced that it would give health care workers greater leeway to refuse, on religious grounds, to provide services that enable birth control use, abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide. Specifically, the rule bars employers from requiring their employees to participate in delivering health care services they believe their religion proscribes. Such […]

By / 5.6.2019

Republicans despise federal micromanagement, but that hasn’t kept Rep. Don Young of Alaska from hopping aboard the Washington-Knows-Best Express. He recently introduced a bill mandating that freight trains have a minimum of two crew members on board trains at all times. While Young justifies his bill on safety grounds, the bill also appears to reflect […]

By former United States Senator Bob Kerrey. In the movie series “Nightmare on Elm Street” the words “He’s back” indicated that the antagonist – Freddy Krueger – was not dead after all. The tax reform equivalent to Freddy Krueger is the so-called “return-free tax system” that would make the IRS the nation’s tax preparer. As […]

By / 4.16.2019

Last week PPI returned to Des Moines for a second “Conversation with Iowans,” this time about progressive alternatives to nationalized health care. The ideas forum featured former Colorado Gov. and presidential aspirant John Hickenlooper, Theresa Greenfield, a Des Moines business owner, PPI President Will Marshall and yours truly. A strong turnout and often impassioned debate […]

By / 3.26.2019

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised no cuts to Medicaid, that he would protect those with preexisting conditions, and that everyone would have insurance under his new health care plan. He has broken every one of those promises over the last two years. What’s more, the White House campaign to sabotage the Affordable Care […]

By / 3.21.2019

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently drew big cheers at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, earlier this month when she dissed the views of political moderates as “misplaced.” “Moderate is not a stance. It’s just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” she told a standing-room only crowd. “The ‘meh’ is worshipped now […]

By / 3.4.2019

Emboldened by their conviction that the national zeitgeist is on their side, the progressive left is taking a harder line against House Democrats reluctant to embrace their agenda. Groups like the Justice Democrats, for instance, have signaled their intent to primary moderate members who don’t espouse signature liberal efforts such as the “Green New Deal” […]

By / 2.15.2019

By declaring a national emergency to build a border wall, President Trump has crossed the Rubicon. He has turned a cheap partisan stunt into a bona fide Constitutional crisis. Congress this week declined to give Trump all the money he demanded to wall off Mexico from the United States. The president has declared an emergency […]

By / 2.8.2019

Washington has long been a leader in both innovation and health care. Telehealth, which lays at the intersection of the two, is an innovative, cost-effective way to deliver health care to underserved populations. Seeing the value of telehealth, Washington State requires health insurance companies, Medicaid managed care plans, and health plans offered to Washington State employees to […]

By / 1.16.2019

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump […]