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Greg Kaufmann

Greg Kaufmann is a journalist-in-residence at the Roosevelt Institute and a contributing writer for The Nation. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the founder and editor of He has appeared on numerous national and local programs on networks including PBS, MSNBC, and NPR, and his work has been featured on CBS News, The Washington Post, and Business Insider, among others.

  • January 8, 2010

    The Ensign Healthcare Loophole

    Taken at face value, Senator John Ensign's amendment which was included in the final Senate healthcare bill sounds pretty decent: by meeting "wellness" standards people can receive discounts on their employer-based healthcare premiums. Stop smoking--pay less. Hit a certain weight--pay less. Meet a cholesterol target--you get the idea.

    Dems probably should have stopped and realized since the amendment was offered by Ensign it probably wasn't motivated by "wellness" at heart.

    In fact, it allows premiums to be raised from current levels, and then "discounts" would reduce the premiums to current rates. People who don't meet the insurance companies' targets could pay up to 30 percent more for coverage, roughly $4000 based on the average cost of family coverage. The amount could increase to 50 percent which is over $6,600 for a family.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • December 31, 2009

    Single-Payer’s Last Stand?


    The Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the largest caucus in Congress with 82 members--it dwarfs the often-hyped Blue Dog Democrats with its 52 yapping pups.



    Yet the CPC has struggled to get the respect and attention it has strived for--prior to this Congress, it seemed like the mainstream media wouldn't even refer to it by name, instead using vague descriptions like "the liberal wing of the party."



    That's because getting the talented but diverse Caucus to unite and show its legislative muscle has often been described--even by its own members--as herding cats.


    Greg Kaufmann

  • BankingDecember 16, 2009

    Save the Dream, Keep the Home

    The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America helps prevent foreclosures by bringing banks to the negotiating table with mortgage holders.

    Greg Kaufmann and Ryan Carpenter

  • December 16, 2009

    $75 and a Bus Ticket


    Donald Gates spent the last 28 years in prison, convicted of a rape and murder he said he didn't commit.



    Yesterday, he was released from jail by the same judge who originally sentenced him to 20 years to life, as new DNA evidence pointed to a different man.



    Gates is now 58 years old, and for his three lost decades the government gave him some winter clothes, $75, and a bus ticket to Ohio. He had to pay his $35 cab fare to get from jail to the bus station.


    Greg Kaufmann

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  • EconomyDecember 10, 2009

    Yes, Regulators Can Stop Foreclosures

    Government regulators could insist that mortgage lenders take significant steps to stem the foreclosure crisis--but so far they've refused to.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • December 7, 2009

    Deficit Hawks Spin


    The sub-headline for the Washington Post's article Friday on the White House Jobs Summit claims: "With deficit soaring, role of private sector pushed."



    "Obama says he does not have the money for the plan many of his liberal supporters say packs the biggest employment punch--direct federal investment in job creation," the Post writes.


    And a New York Times headline declares: "Obama Turns to Job Creation, but Warns of Limited Funds."


    Greg Kaufmann

  • Economic PolicyNovember 24, 2009

    Kaptur Takes on Foreclosures

    Representative Marcy Kaptur, a longstanding advocate for foreclosure relief, talks to The Nation about prospects for sweeping financial reform.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • Economic PolicyNovember 16, 2009

    Financial Crisis Inquiry Kicks into High Gear

    Americans want to know what went wrong during last year's economic meltdown. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission will find the answers.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • Immigration PolicyNovember 10, 2009

    Legislation Watch: A Nation of Immigrants

    For the first time, family reunification for same-sex binational couples is being included in broader immigration reform.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • Economic PolicyOctober 30, 2009

    The Heart of Wall Street

    It's undeniable that pay czar Kenneth Feinberg has had an impact on compensation at bailed-out firms. But it's equally clear that the casino culture that created this mess remains untouched.

    Greg Kaufmann