Some Friday Links-Sean Penn, Obamacare, Solidarity

Megan McArdle is thinking the ACA’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ is not long for this world:

‘The backtracking on the Cadillac tax illustrates a few things. First of all, as many of us said at the time, the bill was crammed with unrealistic “pay-fors,” which created the illusion of reducing the budget deficit, but which could never be politically sustained. This is exactly what has come to pass, and I think that in the future, we are going to see more such pressure — for example on the subsidy caps which are supposed to hold them around 0.5 percent of GDP.’

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Eugene Volokh: ‘[Jeff] Spicoli Understands The Constitution Better Than Sean Penn’

No one comes at ‘the Sean Penn,’ bro, he’s been in a helicopter with Hugo Chavez:

‘Not sure how effective the argument is, but it is funny.’

Chavez always had a friend in Sean Penn:

This page might help make sense of the last 7 years in American political life.

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As posted, from the NY Times on the mayor of New York City:

Bill de Blasio, then 26, went to Nicaragua to help distribute food and medicine in the middle of a war between left and right. But he returned with something else entirely: a vision of the possibilities of an unfettered leftist government.

and:

‘His activism did not stop. In the cramped Lower Manhattan headquarters of the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York, where he volunteered, Mr. de Blasio learned to cause a stir. He and a ragtag team of peace activists, Democrats, Marxists and anarchists attempted to bring attention to a Central American cause that, after the Sandinistas lost power in a 1990 election, was fading from public view. “The Nicaraguan struggle is our struggle,” said a poster designed by the group’

Still Looking For Alternatives-Charlie Martin At PJ Media: ‘Obamacare vs. Arithmetic’

Avik Roy At Forbes: ‘Democrats’ New Argument: It’s A Good Thing That Obamacare Doubles Individual Health Insurance Premiums’Megan McArdle At Bloomberg: ‘Health-Care Costs Are Driven By Technology, Not Presidents’

Related On This Site:    From The New England Journal Of Medicine Via CATO: ‘The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate’From If-Then Knots: Health Care Is Not A Right…But Then Neither Is Property?… From The New Yorker: Atul Gawande On Health Care-”The Cost Conundrum”Sally Pipes At Forbes: ‘A Plan That Leads Health Care To Nowhere’Peter Suderman At The WSJ: ‘Obamacare And The Medicaid Mess’From AEI: ‘Study: ‘Obama Healthcare Reform Raising Costs, Forcing Workers Out Of Existing Plans’

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