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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 [...]

Contra Paul Krugman, Obamacare Is Not an Example of the 1 Percent Losing

By: Monday April 7, 2014 6:46 am

In his recent column about inflation Paul Krugmancites the Affordable Care Act of proof that good policy can prevail against the rich: Now, I don’t think that class interest is all-powerful. Good arguments and good policies sometimes prevail even if they hurt the 0.1 percent — otherwise we would never have gotten health reform. But [...]

How Many Selected the Correct Plan on the Exchange?

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 9:26 am

There are still many unanswered questions about exchange enrollment frequently mentioned. How many people will actually complete the process by paying? What percent were previously uninsured? What will the relatively health of this group mean for premiums next year? etc… Most of these questions are about gauging the risk pool from the perspective of the [...]

Robert Gibbs Thinks the Employer Mandate Is Doomed

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 7:51 am

One of President Obama former top advisors, Robert Gibbs, thinks the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act will never become a reality. From benefitspro: “I don’t think the employer mandate will go into effect. It’s a small part of the law. I think it will be one of the first things to go,” he [...]

Grading Obamacare on a Curve

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:10 am

The Affordable Care Act should be a future case study in setting expectations. What has been defined publicly as “success” or “failure” swings dramatically depending on what narrative dominates that month. Take for example the great press and victory lap President Obama took yesterday for get just over 7 million signups on the exchange. If [...]

How Paul Ryan’s Budget Proves the Federal Debt isn’t a Priority for Republicans

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 1:20 pm

The CBO is diplomatically saying that their analysis of the Ryan budget is nonsense because he asked for a fake score

Obamacare: 7 Million Signups Isn’t 7 Million Covered

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 9:13 am

When talking about health care the media has been conflating what are actually two very different things which just happen to contain the figure “7 million.” There is the 7 million signup benchmark for success set by the Obama administration and the 7 million covered by exchange plans projected by the Congressional Budget Office last year. While they may sound interchangeable they are not.

Last Minute Surge Gets Obamacare to 7 Million Registration Goal

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 7:11 am

Anyone who has been to the post office on April 15th will know that many people tend to wait until the very last minute to do things. Signing up for health insurance on healthcare.gov proved to be no different.

One Tweet Which Shows Why Obamacare Has Been a Hard Sell

By: Monday March 31, 2014 7:53 am

As part of the final push to get people to sign up for Obamacare before today’s enrolment deadline, Barack Obama tweeted this message over the weekend: If a person’s income is low enough that they qualify for Medicaid or substantial subsidies this is make sense, but even for a young person with a moderate income [...]

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