Austin Ahlman is a Politics Fellow at The Intercept. He grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska, and studied political science and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Macalester College before interning at The American Prospect. He is based in Washington, D.C.
Congressional Democrats Join Republicans to Undermine Biden Administration’s Surprise Medical Billing Rule
Worried an aggressive new rule could cut into providers’ earnings, key members of Congress including Rep. Richie Neal are helping private industry weaken the administration’s position in federal court.
Medicare Privatization Scheme Faced Legal Questions About Profiteering
Government attorneys expressed concerns that the Medicare direct contracting model — begun by Trump and continued under Biden — was geared to benefit specific companies.
Now in Power, Key Anti-War Democrats Soften on Saudi War in Yemen
This week, Democrats eschewed opportunities to stop U.S. maintenance of Saudi warplanes and halt a missile sale to the kingdom.
Sen. Chris Murphy, a Longtime Saudi War Critic, Votes to Support Missile Sale
Murphy argued the $650 million sale of air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia is for “defensive weapons” against Yemen’s Houthis.