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 [...]

Remembering Obama’s Biggest Broken Health Care Promise

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 7:04 am

Since there has been a lot of media focus on Jonathan Gruber’s recently uncovered remarks about the American voters, I want to put it in the proper historic context. During the 2008 election a major attack line from candidate Obama was pointing out that John McCain planned to tax employer-provided health insurance. It was very effective [...]

Jonathan Gruber Admits the Plan to Sell Obamacare Was a Long Con

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 7:55 am

Jonathan Gruber was a chief paid advisor on the Affordable Care Act, a fact he often neglected to mention when he was pretending to be an outside expert during media interviews. He would make hyperbolic statements praising how incredible the law would be that the White House would then use in a well orchestrated plan [...]

Obamacare Going Back Before the Supreme Court

By: Friday November 7, 2014 11:13 am

In an unusual move the Supreme Court decided to take up King v. Burwell even though there is technically no split in the lower courts. At the heart of the case is an effort to stop exchange subsidies from going out to states where the exchanges were set up by the federal government. The argument [...]

The Math Skills Lacking Among the Uninsured

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:39 am

We have yet another study indication that people are going to have a very tough time using the Affordable Care Act health exchanges effectively. New research from the Urban Institute found that a large percentage of uninsured adults under 65 and making less than 400 percent of the federal poverty line acknowledge they are not [...]

A Year in Grading Obamacare on a Curve

By: Monday October 27, 2014 12:12 pm

Now that it has been roughly a year since most of the major elements of the Affordable Care Act launched, the New York Time takes a look at how the law is working out and Paul Krugman labeled it a success. The Times has a very nice survey of the results to date of the Affordable Care [...]

The Health Care Industry Is Always Innovating New Ways to Steal Your Money

By: Monday October 27, 2014 7:35 am

The New York Times offers yet another example of the ongoing problem of consumer protection whac-a-mole. While the Affordable Care Act was meant to offer at least some limits on what people pay for preventive care and out-of-pocket spending, the health care industry is finding clever new fees that might not be covered. From the NYT: [...]

Vast Majority of Americans Have No Idea How Health Insurance Actually Works

By: Wednesday October 22, 2014 10:42 am

The American health insurance marketplace is sadly dominated by a bad mix of overconfidence combined with significant ignorance. While a majority of adults under 65 think they understand their policy, only a tiny fraction can even correctly answer a rather basic question about how much a doctor’s visit will cost them. New data from the [...]

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