No, the ACA Hasn’t Ended Medical Bankruptcy

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 7:23 am

I find Brian Beutler’s criticism of claims made by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about health care reform in 2009 to be emblematic of why Democrats and liberals have not been able to sell the ACA to the public.

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-enrollmentĀ 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 [...]

What Is the Point of an Individual Mandate if You Don’t Talk About the Mandate?

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 5:43 am

I found this suggestion to move the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period to the middle of tax season to be very interesting in light of how the outreach operations are being run during this second open enrollment period. From Washington Post: Some Affordable Care Act advocates and tax preparers like Jackson Hewitt have also [...]

The Perverse Way More Exchange Competition Could Leave Some People Worse Off

By: Monday November 24, 2014 8:54 am

The goal of the Affordable Care Act exchanges was to encourage competition among private insurers, but ironically attracting more competition could leave many people the exchanges were designed to help the worst off. To understand why you need to know a few things about the structure of the law, the complexity of selecting a policy, [...]

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 remarksĀ 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 [...]

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