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Obama Touts 8 Million Exchange Sign Ups

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 1:34 pm

Now that the official open enrollment closed last month and the extended quasi-open period ended a few days ago President Obama held a rare press conference to tout  the final numbers for Obamacare this year. The big number is 8 million people have selected a plan on the new exchanges created by the Affordable Care [...]

Will Bad Policy Turn People Against Technology?

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 11:37 am

Pew Research has an interesting new poll about people’s opinions on technology and the future, but I think the question most relevant to current policy debates is how optimistic people are about technological advancement. By a margin of two-to-one Americans think technological changes will make people’s lives mostly better, yet if you look into that number [...]

GOP Can’t Help But Take Their Obamacare Attacks Too Far

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 9:53 am

The Affordable Care Act will not fulfill many of the bigger promises President Obama once made. If Republicans would just focus on how the law falls short of Obama’s benchmarks they would have plenty of political fodder, but they seem compelled to push their attacks so far they become completely unhinged from reality. A perfect [...]

Grading Exchange Premiums on a Curve

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 7:56 am

Some new analysis of enrollment on the exchanges predicts about a 7 percent increase in premiums next year. From USA Today: Statisticians working with insurers to project next year’s insurance premium rates say they expect to see an average increase of about 7%, well below the feared double-digit increases making recent headlines. “The double-rate increases [...]

Medicaid Works Well at Expanding Coverage

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 7:13 am

That should be the simple conclusion from this new Gallup data. They found that there was a noticeable drop in the uninsured in states that took part in the Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act –  but a much slower drop in the states that did not. From Gallup: Looking at the [...]

CBO Again Lowers Cost Estimates for Obamacare Coverage Provisions

By: Monday April 14, 2014 9:12 am

Now that the Congressional Budget Office has some real enrollment numbers to work with they have again lowered the projected cost of Affordable Care Act coverage expansion provisions. They now assume these provisions will only cost $1,383 billion from 2015-2024. That is $104 billion less than their estimates from February of this year. From the [...]

Democrats’ Best Hope Is That Obamacare Simply Becomes Boring

By: Friday April 11, 2014 11:37 am

Healthcare.gov might be working well and the Obama administration was able to hit their 7 million sign up goal on the exchanges, but that has had almost no impact on the law’s popularity. Support for the law continues to remain low and impressively stable, according to Gallup. Currently, just 43 percent of Americans approve of [...]

Like a Stopped Clock Republicans Were Right About Sebelius Resignation

By: Friday April 11, 2014 7:27 am

It is tough to take a party’s criticism of ACA implementation issues seriously when they are in total opposition to the underlying policy from the start and actively tried to sabotage it at every turn. The Congressional Republicans attacked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for problems with the federal exchanges but it is [...]

The High Cost of Going with a Health Care Exchange Model

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 10:34 am

If progressives want to make the case for government programs they need to prove they are good stewards of the purse. Cheering needlessly complicated and wasteful systems is not the way to do that.

The Problem With Gridlock is You Can’t Threaten More Gridlock, John Boehner

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 8:31 am

If a party controls one house of Congress and decides to take a stand of total opposition to the President they can easily deny the White House any legislative victories. It can be a very effective tactic for  making a President look weak. The big drawback of this strategy is that they also lose any [...]

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