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-enrollment 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 [...]

Just 11 Percent of Uninsured Know When the Next Open Enrollment Period Is

By: Tuesday October 21, 2014 11:25 am

We are less than a month away from the start of the next Affordable Care Act open enrollment period and shockingly few uninsured Americans know that. In the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Poll, only 11 percent of the uninsured know the second open enrollment begins in November. From KFF: Presumably, this number will improve noticeably [...]

Jonathan Gruber Has an Honesty Problem

By: Friday July 25, 2014 12:41 pm

It appears more people are realizing Jonathan Gruber, the economist who was a top consultant for the White House on the Affordable Care Act, has an honesty problem when it comes to talking about the law. The latest example is a 2012 video of him basically making the same arguments made by conservatives against the federally [...]

Report Finds There Are 9.5 Million Fewer Uninsured Adults

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 7:28 am

The Affordable Care Act was designed to increase the number of people who have health insurance and that is happening. Now that many of the major provisions have been implemented for several months, a new Commonwealth Fund report looks at the impact. The major finding is that the percentage of people age 19-64 who say [...]

New Poll Looks at Winners and Losers on the ACA Exchanges

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 10:26 am

One of the biggest findings of the poll is that a majority (57%) of people getting coverage on the exchanges say they were previously uninsured. As intended, the law resulted in more people buying coverage.

Since When Is Something That’s Over Twice the Price It Should Be “Reasonably Efficient?”

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 12:02 pm

Kevin Drum provides a perfect example of the extremely generous curve by which many Democratic commentaries are grading the Affordable Care Act. After pointing out things didn’t end up as bad as Republicans claimed it would, he concludes: Yep. It’s time to stop arguing over minutiae. Fundamentally, Obamacare “works.” It’s not perfect, but after nine months [...]

Large Employers Could Game the Exchanges for Big Savings

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 12:34 pm

There is the possibility that some companies could start encouraging their most expensive employees to move to the new Affordable Care Act exchanges. This move would save them a large amount of money but drive up premiums on the exchanges and increase what the government needs to spend on subsidizes. Over at Kaiser Health News [...]

How Large Was the Pool of People Who Didn’t Get to Keep Their Coverage?

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 11:18 am

A big issue last year was the collective realization that President Obama’s promise that “if you liked your coverage you can keep it” was simply not true. Exactly how many people were actually affected by this broken promise this year, though, is tough to gauge. In an attempt to put it in context a new [...]

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 [...]

What Are the “Fix It, Don’t Nix It” Democrats Planning to “Fix” in Obamacare?

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 10:45 am

If Democrats are going to campaign on keeping but “fixing” Obamacare they need to actually start talking about improvements — but that requires being honest about its shortcomings. You can’t run on fixing something without an actual fix.

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