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No, the ACA Hasn’t Ended Medical Bankruptcy

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 7:23 am

I find Brian Beutler’s criticism of claims made by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about health care reform in 2009 to be emblematic of why Democrats and liberals have not been able to sell the ACA to the public.

The ACA Exchanges Can Be Fixed, But They Were Meant to be Broken

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 6:18 am

The serious problems surrounding auto-enrollmentĀ in the new Affordable Care Act exchanges are just starting to get real attention. The problem isn’t a lack of good solutions though. The real problem is that the exchanges weren’t intended to work well for regular people. The fundamental problem with insurance exchanges is regular people are really bad at [...]

House GOP Has Plans to Avoid Fight with Obama for Now

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 6:54 am

The lame duck Congress has only one thing they need to before they can take the rest of the year off, fund the government. It looks like the Republican leadership may have found a way to do their job while avoiding a protracted fight with President Obama. From Politico: The likely proposal would fund nearly [...]

What Is the Point of an Individual Mandate if You Don’t Talk About the Mandate?

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 5:43 am

I found this suggestion to move the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period to the middle of tax season to be very interesting in light of how the outreach operations are being run during this second open enrollment period. From Washington Post: Some Affordable Care Act advocates and tax preparers like Jackson Hewitt have also [...]

The Perverse Way More Exchange Competition Could Leave Some People Worse Off

By: Monday November 24, 2014 8:54 am

The goal of the Affordable Care Act exchanges was to encourage competition among private insurers, but ironically attracting more competition could leave many people the exchanges were designed to help the worst off. To understand why you need to know a few things about the structure of the law, the complexity of selecting a policy, [...]

Americans’ Weird Belief Their Country Is Becoming a Lawless Hellscape

By: Monday November 24, 2014 6:49 am

One of the strangest phenomenons for me is how a clearly majority of the country still thinks crime is getting worse even though it has been on strong downward trajectory for the past two decades. From Gallup: If crime is really worse than last year and last year was worse than the year before, and [...]

The Nuclear Option Catch-22 for Republicans

By: Friday November 21, 2014 10:14 am

Some Senate Republicans are entertaining the idea of bring back the filibuster for executive nominees, according to the Huffington Post. The problem is there is no way for Republicans to undo the Democrats’ rule change without validating what Democrats did. I strongly suspect Senate Republicans won’t be able to find enough votes from Senate Democrats [...]

House Republicans Finally File Suit Against President Obama

By: Friday November 21, 2014 7:53 am

The long promised House Republican’s lawsuit against the Obama administration based on his executive action related to health care is finally here. From the New York Times: The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay penalties. (Larger companies are defined [...]

The Importance of Not Being Quiet

By: Friday November 21, 2014 6:51 am

Last night President Obama did the right thing and will help millions of people in this country. It was a big day for immigration reform groups and a powerful vindication of an aggressive form of activism. I’ve repeatedly heard activist groups told to be quiet, not rock the boat, just trust the White House to [...]

HHS’s Foolish Decision to Game Signup Numbers

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 10:20 am

If this turns out to be true, it ranks as one of the most idiotic decisions made for the sake of political spin. Bloomberg is reporting that HHS secretly included stand alone dental plans in their exchange signup numbers to make them look bigger. From Bloomberg: The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental [...]

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