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 [...]

Obama’s Lie About Keeping Your Coverage Goes Well Beyond the Individual Market

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 10:41 am

President Obama’s promise that “if you like your current coverage you can keep it” was always an obvious lie, and not just because the law was always going to inherently change the small individual market. In a few years the Affordable Care Act will also begin significantly impacting the coverage of many people with employer [...]

Yes, The Health Bill Really Lacks Serious Cost Controls

By: Monday March 22, 2010 2:03 pm

I was debating whether I should do one final piece to show that the health care bill about to be signed into law lacks serious cost control. Fortunately, Ezra Klein, who is a big supporter of the bill, accidentally did my job for me. In his piece “The five most promising cost controls in the [...]

Message to Unions: Don’t Bargain for a Temporary “Fix” – Push to Eliminate the Excise Tax

By: Wednesday January 27, 2010 5:05 am

Before Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts, Democrats were still foolishly trying to pass health care reform while adhering to the insane 60-vote myth in the Senate. Under this scenario, while I’m disappointed that union leaders could only secure some small improvements to the excise tax and a special carve out for their members, I can [...]

Polling: House Bill More Popular Than Senate Bill in Swing Districts

By: Monday January 25, 2010 7:07 am

It’s not every day that the head of the DCCC takes on the President, the Senate and the entire Democratic leadership of the House to defy passage of their hand-crafted legislation on their signature issue. But Chris Van Hollen has said that the House will not pass the Senate bill without changes, as the Senate and the White House are demanding.

Why would the man charged with getting House Democrats elected in 2010 do such a thing?

How To Pay For Teacher Tax Fix: Savings From Public Option, Or New Taxes?

By: Wednesday January 20, 2010 8:25 am

Now that Martha Coakley has lost, it seems that there are only two paths to passing health care reform–and both use reconciliation. One path would be a new, redesigned bill passed using reconciliation. The other would be to force the House to pass the Senate bill as is. Given that the Senate bill is unlikely [...]

61% Of Americans Prefer Taxing The Rich Over Taxing Health Insurance

By: Thursday January 14, 2010 12:30 pm

CNN has a new poll out showing that a large majority of Americans prefer the House’s plan of taxing the rich to pay for health care reform: According to the poll, 61 percent of the public favor the House provision, which taxes people with high incomes regardless of the kind of health insurance they have. [...]

Tentative Deal Reached for Unions to Sell Out Middle Class

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 2:53 pm

You could see this one coming down Sepulveda, ever since the Senate started doing carve-outs for individual unions to exempt them from the excise tax: Unions tentatively struck a deal Tuesday to exempt collectively bargained healthcare plans from a tax on high-cost plans expected to be used to help raise revenue for the healthcare overhaul. [...]

Senate Revenue Plan A Teacher Tax, Not A “Cadillac” Tax

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 2:20 pm

The so called “Cadillac” tax is, in reality, a teacher tax. It taxes plans based on their cost, but not their generosity. As anyone who has bought health insurance will tell you, the biggest factor in determining the cost of insurance is not how generous the coverage is, but the sex, age, and health status [...]