Cover Oregon Recommendeds Shutting Itself Down

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 1:16 pm

Oregon has, by far, the most trouble-ridden of all the 14 state-created Affordable Care Act exchanges. Half a year after it should have been up the site is still not work so a group of employees are recommending they simply pull the plug and replace it with the federal exchange. From Portland Business Journal: Cover Oregon’s [...]

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

Exchanges With Private Insurers Is a Wasteful Way to Increase Benefits

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 11:25 am

While this working paper from Mark Duggan, Amanda Starc, Boris Vabson is about Medicare Advantage I think its provides some insight into the core problem with the entire design of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion. It looks at what was the result off the government overpaying for seniors in Medicare Advantage, which is an exchange [...]

Democrats’ Biggest Outreach Effort to Millennials: Serving Them Up to the Unpopular Corporate Insurance Industry

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 10:36 am

Democrats could have made every health insurance premium much lower by ending the obscene price gouging in the health care industry, but they didn’t. Instead the economically hardest hit generation is being asked to chip in. That is a big ask.

So Far Mixed Results in the ACA Goal of Boosting Competition

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 8:18 am

One of the big stated reasons for the Affordable Care Act was to increase competition in the individual market since many markets are dominated by just one or two insurers, but so far early indications are a mixed bag. The Kaiser Family Foundation looked at seven states with their own exchanges which have put out [...]

Uninsured Rate Drops

By: Monday March 10, 2014 7:14 am

The rate of those without health insurance in the U.S. has dropped noticeably over the past few months and it is very likely the reduction is the result of the Affordable Care Act. The uninsured rate is still higher than when Obama took office however.

CBO’s Affordable Care Act Predictions Were Relatively Accurate

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 10:27 am

The Congressional Budget Office’s original projections about the Affordable Care Act back in 2010 have ended up being very close to the actual result so far, according to a new article from the agency. Back in 2010 the CBO concluded the coverage expansion provision in the law would cost the federal government $759 billion during [...]