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 [...]

You Can’t Support the Filibuster and Hate Executive Action

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 9:23 am

The United States is a huge country with serious problems that is part of an ever changing world. Significant technological developments are being made on a regular basis that are reshaping our economy. The federal government needs to respond to shifting realities. This can either be done by legislation approved by Congress or by executive [...]

Obama Doesn’t Need to Care What People Think

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 6:40 am

There is one small silver lining to being a lame duck President who led his party to historically bad loses and faces an¬†uncompromising Republican Congress, you can stop caring what people think. It is very limiting, but also liberating. I’ve seen several polls about President Obama’s executive action on immigration and articles on how Democrats [...]

The Terrible School Policy Killing Your Children

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 7:04 am

We are literally killing our teenagers by making them go to school so early in the morning. Having high school start earlier in the day is associated with a significant increase in motor vehicle accidents, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The study compared two Virginia counties with different [...]

Jonathan Cohn Rewrites History for Jonathan Gruber

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:49 am

This defense of Jonathan Gruber in the New Republic simply doesn’t fit with what actually happened. First, Jonathan Cohn claims Gruber never hid his conflict of interest while pretending to be an outside expert in media interviews. At the same time this was happening, reporters like me were constantly seeking interpretation of the policy process [...]

The Ignorance of Ron Fournier and the Genius of Mitch McConnell

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 6:58 am

By being really bad at his job, Ron Fournier has indirectly proven how good Sen. Mitch McConnell is at his job. Fournier wrote about the Affordable Care Act: On health care, we needed a market-driven plan that decreases the percentage of uninsured Americans without convoluting the U.S. health care system. Just such a plan sprang [...]

The Stupidest Poll Question of the Day

By: Monday November 17, 2014 1:16 pm

In general I love polls, but they can be a clear example of the ‘garbage in garbage out’ problem. If the poll question is bad it tells you nothing useful and this poll question in the USA Today survey is really bad. It asked: “Should President Obama take executive action this year to deal with [...]

Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

By: Monday November 17, 2014 8:04 am

President Obama’s signature health care law continues to get less popular. Approval of the law has dropped to just 37 percent in the latest Gallup poll. From Gallup: Democrats assumed the law would get popular after it was signed — it did not. They thought it would become popular after they did a public campaign [...]

Why You Should Really Shop for a New Insurance Plan on the Exchanges

By: Monday November 17, 2014 6:24 am

Over the weekend the second open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began and it seems this time Healthcare.gov is mostly stable this time, so consider this is a public service announcement. If you get insurance via one of the new exchanges last year you should really consider shopping around for a new policy. Polling [...]

Most Aren’t Going to Use the Insurance Exchanges Correctly

By: Friday November 14, 2014 7:32 am

The vast majority of people who get insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges last year aren’t planning to shop around again this year according to Gallup. More than two thirds are planning to renew their current policies. This result shouldn’t be surprising. Comparison shopping for insurance policies is extremely difficult. Switching policies can also [...]