Bill is the Legislation and Policy Director for the Main Street Alliance and the Alliance for a Just Society. Based in D.C., he represents these Alliances at national coalition tables. He provides policy analysis and strategy on federal issues. Before joining the Alliance team, Bill served as a lobbyist for Washington Community Action Network. He worked as a policy expert in Washington state government for 40 years, including time with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Governor’s Office, and the Insurance Commissioner. He also served as the Mayor of Olympia, Washington in the firstname.lastname@example.org
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Apologia pro vita sua Things began getting away from me about two weeks ago and I now am three weeks in arrears. So, a new beginning, a fresh start, and a promise to be a more faithful correspondent. Two Senior Politicians Forgo the Presidency The first of course is Joe Biden, who has tossed in […]
Speaker Boehner I have only met Speaker John Boehner in a favorite restaurant near the Capitol. Brief encounters over cigarettes. Seemed like a personable fellow, easy to meet and easy to smile. He also did not have the deep mean streak that seems to dominate the approach of the deeply conservative members of the Republican […]
Living the Dream Well, I have been searching Craigslist for the perfect little place to park my camera gear while in Seattle. I just need a place for three months, furnished, with a deck so I can smoke and a kitchen so I can burn the toast while I am out on the deck. Found […]
President Stuff, Democrat It is beginning to look like Joe Biden may be headed into the fray. The trends have to be tempting. Many hope that Hillary will be the first woman President – she clearly has the values, experience, and ability to serve with distinction. But she’s not lighting up the place, she’s dogged […]
“Yes, it’s me and I’m late again!” I know, I know, late again. Lots of travel and meetings and I got behind. But I have finally made my way into the Athenian Grill over near the Seattle Center to have a post-Republican debate supper. A chance to write out a thought, perhaps of a confessorial […]
Highways It looks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is closing in on a three-year deal on the Highway Fund. Most of the destructive pay-for provisions that were in some earlier version have been pulled out and the package might get close to 70 votes. Given that the House passed an eight-month phony-money plan, it […]
Iran Big debate starting in Congress over the nuclear pact negotiated between the U.S., Iran and the world’s nuclear powers, including China and Russia. The conservatives don’t like it, but have proven hard pressed to figure out just why – they don’t trust the Iranians, or they don’t want them to get the money that […]
Confederate Battle Flag On Thursday South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a law removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the Capitol grounds. It came down Friday morning. Could enacting Medicaid expansion be next? LeeAnn Hall, executive director of the Alliance for a Just Society raised the question in her Huffington Post column this week. Trade […]
Fast Track Reading some of the leftish blogs, you might have thought it was all over and the President had been delivered a stinging defeat. If you thought it was all over, you did not read our note on this in the last Daley Weekly with the nuanced insight that we have come to expect […]
Fast Track You will have seen headlines suggesting that the House of Representatives has dealt a setback to President Obama’s efforts to gain permission to negotiate the big Pacific trade deal. You will also see mention that the House voted 219 to 211 to give the President “fast track” authority. You will say, “what?” It […]
Economics In spite of an apparent contraction of the U.S. economy earlier in the year, there were 280,000 new jobs created last month – far exceeding expectations. Now if they could only solve that pesky debt problem in Greece, and if we could squish the efforts in the Congress to cut the hell out of […]
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Goes National Both Houses of the Congress have begun processing their budgets for fiscal year 2016. Those of you who enjoy terror movies will take special pleasure in this version of the Daley Weekly wherein we devote ourselves to a summary of the Congressional Budgets. They amount to a Chainsaw Massacre […]
Addressing Health Disparities Through the Marketplace An action agenda for Washington state. By Bill Daley, national policy director, Alliance for a Just Society
Cuba Where has this guy been? On Wednesday President Obama hit the reset button on U.S. relations with Cuba. After fifty years of U.S. arm wrestling with the Castros to no avail, he announced that relations would be “normalized.” An embassy would be established. Additional changes to travel and trade restrictions will apparently follow over […]
Women’s Health Care The Alliance for a Just Society has produced a report that grades states on how well they provide health care for women: 2014 Women’s Health Report Card. The grades given in the report are based on detailed analyses of health care outcomes, coverage, and access. Those advocating for the expansion of Medicaid coverage should […]
The Daley Weekly, October 9, 2014 Same Sex Marriage The week started out with an apparent opening of the floodgates for same sex marriage by the Supreme Court. The Court refused to take cases that had lifted bans on gay marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. This seemed to have the effect of […]
Some 2.7 million children may lose coverage they now have under the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Obama Takes Charge Wow. Quite a week for our President. He gave three separate speeches at the U.N. that can only be seen as forceful displays of U.S. leadership, however one might view some of the actual policies. The big one was an address on foreign affairs that bluntly confronted Russia and the Islamic State. […]
The Daley Weekly, Sept. 19, 2014 Continuing Resolution Setting your national government on autopilot once again, the Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to keep things afloat into December. No changes in appropriations for nearly two years. At least it contains no entitlement destroyers or ACA repeals. It also includes no restoration of the Sequester and […]
Ebola Finally, there’s a little action on the Ebola epidemic in Africa. The New York Times did an editorial on our sluggish response to this growing crisis. The President of Liberia wrote to President Obama pleading for help. For his part, Obama will travel to Atlanta to announce a stepped up American effort. Why there have not […]
Ebola We need to pay attention to the spreading Ebola epidemic. CDC Director Tom Frieden came back from an Africa tour to report that the epidemic is “spiraling out of control.” The virus now has been detected in Senegal, in addition to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. What may be a separate strain has […]
The Weakness of the Weekly So we spent a whole lot of time on the West Coast. Who could blame us? But the hiatus exposes a weakness – bad sense of rhythm. The Weekly might sometimes become the “Occasional.” Ferguson Is it good or bad that the streets of Ferguson, MO have calmed down? The […]
Ebola Serious business Amigas and Amigos. The Ebola virus has leap-frogged from West Africa into Nigeria in the continent’s center. It is more virulent than the plague. There also is a cholera epidemic in Cameroon. Africa is in for Hell. We need to start thinking about what we are going to do to help. Watergate […]
It is clear that there are those among us who are having trouble adjusting to the new reality of race in America. Their old world of white majority domination in political and economic life is slipping away. The changes started back several decades ago when it became clear through the 1980 U.S. Census that a […]
I got to thinking about the State of Georgia a few weeks ago when the Atlanta City Fathers proudly announced the opening of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. It is right there in Atlanta next to the Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. Martin Luther King grew up in Atlanta and his […]
THE DALEY WEEKLY: Updates from D.C. By Bill Daley June 27, 2014 D.C. Summer The political season is in full flower in D.C. Lots of things are being proposed and voted on in both Houses of Congress that will not become law any time soon. There is no looming debt default or government shutdown, so everyone simply […]
The U.S. House has passed an interesting little bill titled “Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014.” This innocuous little title hides behind it a serious threat to both the Affordable Care Act and to some of the 13 million immigrants living and working in the U.S. The supposed idea behind this bill is to […]
Re: Comment on File Number 4-637 To SEC: I am deeply concerned about the influence of corporate money on our electoral process. In particular, I am appalled that, because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, publicly traded corporations can spend investors’ money on anti-progressive activity in secret. Corporations that […]
It was nice to be out in the Pacific Northwest for a few days enjoying the rain, seeing my kids, and spending time over at the Alliance office. It was also good to see the beginnings of the effect that the Affordable Care Act is having. The guy in the bar who tells me his […]
A man walks into a bar. He sees an old friend sitting with a champagne glass in front of him. “What’s the celebration,” he asks. “We just learned that my brother qualified for Medicaid and isn’t going to die,” is the answer. And you thought that this was going to be a man walks into […]
Use of emergency rooms is a much-debated part of the U. S. health care system. I recently had the chance to experience what it is like going to one of these places with a medical emergency – and in a place where they did not speak my language. I went with friends on a trip […]
Have you heard the latest? Apparently JP Morgan will pay a $2 billion fine because it aided Bernie Madoff by laundering $150 billion for his Ponzi scheme – $1.7 billion will go to the victims and $461 million in fines. But here’s the fun part – criminal prosecution will be deferred and no individuals will […]
The botched ACA website is turning from a problem into a catastrophe, what should we do? Well, I think I am going all in. I’ll get to why in a moment, but first an analysis of the extent of the problem.
Monday the President said that there was no “sugarcoating it.” The ACA rollout is riddled with problems , and live from the Rose Garden, Mr. Obama defended the ACA and pledged a major effort to fix the site. The centerpiece for Health Care Reform was to be a web site called healthcare.gov. Everyone was going […]
Sometimes you just need a good laugh. Please remember the attacks on the President’s citizenship. The “Birthers” challenged his legitimacy as a candidate because they believed he was born in Kenya, Indonesia or some other unnamed place, but not in the U.S. When Obama’s birth certificate showed that he actually was born in Hawaii, these […]
I was in the Hart Senate Office Building for a meeting with Senator Manchin’s staff that ended around 2:30 PM. Normally I would have bolted for the door to get fresh air, but I was starving. I went into the basement to the American Grill and was putting mustard on my cheeseburger when the shooting […]
I must confess that I did not think that they were actually going to shut it down. The night of the shutdown I sat in a favorite Capitol Hill Italian restaurant and watched the few republican Senators who are not total fruitcakes come in and dine in a private room – McCain, Cornyn, Alexander, Graham, […]
First They Sentenced Us to Death By A Thousand Cuts. Now They Threaten us With Death By a Thousand Clichés. I am largely mystified by the apparently widespread support for further austerity. The leadership of the House of Representatives continue to manufacture governmental crises to force draconian cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, in […]
One of the great Inside the Beltway debates this August is about who should replace Ben Bernanke who is retiring as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. So who cares? Well, you probably should. Much of the talk is about Larry Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury, former Obama economics advisor, former President of Harvard […]
…and Why We Need It Now Remember the big debate in the Congress about whether or not the ACA needed to create a public option to private insurance in order to make the new exchanges be competitive and serve all consumers. This proposal was defeated and left to die pretty much without a whimper. […]
But Racism Stays the Same There is no way to put a good face on it. The U.S. Supreme Court cut the guts out of the 1965 Voter Rights Act, one of the seminal achievements of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. True, they didn’t throw it out entirely. They just made it useless. […]
There’s always something going on in your nation’s capital. This week’s big show is in the Senate Judiciary Committee where they are processing Comprehensive Immigration Reform. This is enormously important legislation and there appears to be reasonably positive progress — assuming one is willing to endure some shocking attitudes about immigrants as the price for […]
We should take a moment to open our ears to the crooning of conservatives, in particular to their repeated incantation that we have to cut healthcare spending in order to cut the debt.
The deficit crowd cheered when the President included a concept called “Chained CPI” in his 2014 Budget. This is a proposal to change the way the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is calculated. This change is about as wonky as wonk-dome can get, but here’s a try. Currently the CPI grows based on overall increases in […]
The debate about the national economy seems to have slipped into the shadows. You may be breathing a sigh of relief. Shadows on the budget are inevitable with the Congress focusing on immigration and the press focusing on the attack in Boston.
…And Pretty Soon it Adds Up to Unemployment Well the new jobs numbers are out this Friday and the results are a paltry 88,000 new jobs in March. Private employment provided a mere 95,000 new jobs while federal cuts costing 14,000 jobs. There were offsets by slight increases in state employment, but overall government […]
Many years ago I heard with bemusement that Mafia like organizations were springing up in Russia following the collapse of Communism. The reports suggested that these associations were emerging because their organizers thought that Capitalism actually sanctioned criminal behavior and they were only following the new rules.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion in the ACA would have to be voluntary. The entire future of this expansion seemed to be in doubt. Resource strapped states were fighting to cut programs not to expand them. The entire expansion of Medicaid was challenged by Governors calling for the program to be “block […]
Listening to the current national fiscal debate is like standing before a labyrinth with only your ears to guide you. There are strange terms and “impending deadlines” being thrown out into the airwaves and the only things to be sure of– is the spot marked “you are here.” Because the wonky debate inside the DC […]
Over the last year and a half, the Alliance for a Just Society and Main Street Alliance have participated in efforts to mitigate the corrosive effect that secret corporate political donations have on the political process.
It is rarely helpful to use simple clichés when defining complex events –a lesson our media would do well to learn. For months the bloggers, political radio and television hosts, and pundits of all persuasions have been sending out an unrelenting stream of pabulum about the “Fiscal Cliff.”
In the United States we pay more for pharmaceuticals than any other country. We also have the most expensive health care system in the world. Could there be a connection?
The decision by the Romney campaign to tap Representative Paul Ryan for the Vice-Presidency will have implications for the health care advocacy community. This nomination is sure to make the debate over Medicaid a national debate, not just a state-by-state one. This will happen because the Republican Campaign seems to be embracing the entire Ryan […]
Bill Daley is the Federal Issues Policy Director at The Alliance for a Just Society. The surprising ruling by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act has tempted a spate of Governors to suggest that their states will not participate in the expansion of Medicaid.
Bill Daley is the Federal Issues Policy Director at The Alliance for a Just Society. Anyone who still considers the Supreme Court to be a neutral arbiter of legal matters should take a peek at a decision that they rendered last Thursday.
Bill Daley is the Federal Issues Policy Director at The Alliance for a Just Society. May was Minority Health Month and a couple of things happened that deserve a bit of attention. And it’s also important to note that not enough happened and more attention is needed.
Throughout most of our history the Supreme Court has been accorded a special place as a fair and impartial arbiter of legal issues. Sometimes the Court has failed in this role, but, for the most part it has been an important force in the unity of the nation because seemed to deserved respect. The current […]
What if the Supreme Court…..? On Wednesday, March 28th, three days of argument ended at the Supreme Court over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Given the hostility shown a number of Supreme Court Justices, there is every chance that at least the individual mandate will be invalidated. There is a whole bunch of hand-wringing that […]
The case challenging the Affordable Care Act has a lot in it to think about. Much of the public debate and the stories in the press are about the requirement that everyone have insurance – the individual responsibility requirement. But there also is a challenge to the Medicaid expansion.
What do the Pope, Bob Dole, and the Archbishop of Canterbury have in common? They all support some version of a proposal to tax financial speculation. How about we try a tax idea that curbs unproductive speculation on Wall Street and raises money to pay for the governmental services? That is exactly what the Financial Transaction […]
Bill Daley is the Federal Issues Policy Director at The Alliance for a Just Society. On November 21st, the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee of Deficit Reduction, aka the “Super Committee”, issued this statement: “After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible […]
A financial transaction tax (FTT) is one proposal being debated by economists as a solution to the national budget deficits both in the US and in Europe. The FTT would place a small tax on stock and commodity trade, and a version of it has been introduced in the Congress by Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) […]
Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act are designed to overcome health outcome disparities caused by social factors associated with race, ethnicity, language, and culture. Will they work?
What would you think about a rule designed to give translation of important insurance documents to those who do not speak English well, if that rule required this service in nine counties in New Mexico, but excluded the entire City of Albuquerque?
As I write, the U.S. Senate has just passed the debt deal that was negotiated with the President over the weekend. It got 269 votes in the House yesterday and 74 votes in the Senate today. It was opposed by both the most progressive and most conservative members. The immediate effect is a cap on […]
Community clinics are an indispensable component of the health care infrastructure in the United States. They are widely regarded as a cost-effective way to provide basic care, saving the health care system billions of dollars every year. Clinics serve over 20 million people in America, and one out of three people in poverty rely on […]
On Monday, January 31st, a second federal court ruled against the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A Florida judge opined that the individual responsibility provision was unconstitutional and therefore made the entire Act invalid. The White House and reform supporters were quick to point out that two other courts and numerous judicial scholars hold a contrary […]
After watching the President’s State of the Union Address, I must confess that I am puzzled. I have no idea where our country is going.
The average cost of mainstream health insurance plans is approximately 40% greater than the Indian Health Service (IHS) funding level for American Indian and Alaska Native people. This funding gap limits health care services and contributes to the lingering disparities of death and disease among Indians. The first step needed to redress this shortfall was […]