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 [...]

The Affordable Care Act Is Poorly Designed for Dealing With Epidemics and the GOP Plan Is Even Worse

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 12:00 pm

It want to begin this post by saying the risk of America suffering from a serious and fast moving epidemic, like seen in the movie Contagion, is extraordinary small. I’ve repeatedly pointed out that the high level of concern about Ebola in the United States at this moment is unfounded, but since the media is focused [...]

Affordable Care Act Is Not Working Better Than Anyone Expected

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 9:07 am

Paul Krugman has new Rolling Stone article In Defense of Obama, but he decides he needs some historical revision for his defense. He claims the Affordable Care Act is “working better than anyone expected.” From their article: Then technical difficulties with the HealthCare.gov website seemed to threaten disaster. But here we are, most of the way [...]

Obamacare Is Just Like the Swiss Health System – minus all the good stuff

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:09 am

Several reporters have compared the Swiss health care system to Obamacare after Switzerland’s recent vote to keep it, including the Washington Post: “Switzerland rejects single-payer, will keep its own version of Obamacare” and Vox: “Switzerland rejects single-payer in landslide, keeps its version of Obamacare.” The similarities between the two systems are mostly superficial, both mandate people buy [...]

Majority Who Tried the Exchanges Didn’t Find It Easy or Affordable

By: Friday September 19, 2014 8:36 am

The Affordable Care Act was sold as giving regular people an easy way to get affordable insurance. That is not exactly how it has worked out for people using the program, according to a new report for the Commonwealth Fund. It found that that 62 percent of people who tried to get insurance through the [...]

New Poll Doesn’t Actually Prove Term “Affordable Care Act” Hurts Support for Medicaid Expansion

By: Monday September 15, 2014 8:54 am

Morning Consult claims a new poll of theirs proves that simply adding the name “Affordable Care Act” makes Medicaid expansion noticeably less popular, but that conclusion can’t actually be reached from the questions they used. From Morning Consult: Three little words is all it takes to change voters’ minds about Medicaid expansion. Morning Consult polling shows [...]

Opinion of Obamacare Drops Among Middle Income Families

By: Friday September 12, 2014 12:26 pm

For a long time Democrats banked on the fact that once people started directly experiencing the planned benefits of the Affordable Care Act they would come to like it, but that hasn’t happened. If anything the implementation of the law seems to have just hardened the divide. According to Pew Research, 52 percent of the [...]

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