Reminder: Obama’s 2008 Health Care Campaign Was Based on Active Deception

By: Monday September 23, 2013 9:40 am

A new Politico article provides more verification that the Obama 2008 campaign messaging around health care reform was based on lies and active deception.

Why It Would Be Great if Congress Was Forced to Buy Their Own Health Insurance at Full Cost

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 12:45 pm

That Congress is looking for an exemption from the Affordable Care Act requirement that they and their staff will have to use the new exchanges is all about money. Basically the entire concern is that because of the way the law was drafted, Congress may no longer be able to cover some of the costs [...]

Health Insurance Excise Tax Headed for Failure: Premiums Rise Despite Employees Paying More

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 12:05 pm

The cost of private health insurance in America continues to rise at an alarming rate. From CNN Money: American families who are insured through their jobs average health care costs of $19,393 this year, up 7.3%, or $1,319 from last year, according to independent actuarial and health care consulting firm Milliman Inc. The rate increases [...]

Yes, Making Patients Consumers Is a Bad Idea – One Obama and Krugman Previously Cheered

By: Friday April 22, 2011 12:26 pm

I’m glad to see that Paul Krugman has attacked the absurd idea that health care patients should be treated as consumers, and Jonathan Cohn has chosen to echo Krugman’s argument.  What I can’t understand is where was powerful denouncing of the absurd idea that we need more “consumer-driven” health care during the debate over the [...]

Like with Ryan’s Plan, Long-Term Savings in Obama’s Health Reform from Cost Shifting, Not Cost Control

By: Friday April 15, 2011 11:28 am

Today, Ezra Klein made the logical and concise case for why Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan wasn’t about health care cost control but just saving the government money by shifting more of the health care cost burden onto regular people. Ryan’s plan works differently. Let’s say health-care costs grow at 8 percent a year — [...]

Ryan and Obama Plans Share Unworkable Gimmick for Capping Health Care Inflation

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 5:45 pm

Not only is Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan using basically the same general premium-supported exchange design that Obama’s health care revision does for the uninsured under 65, but both Ryan’s budget and “Obamacare” are nearly totally reliant on almost the same pathetic accounting trick of using poorly indexed caps on federal health care spending [...]

Health Reform’s Excise Tax Was Designed to Make Employer-Provided Plans Less Generous

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 3:32 pm

In an attempt to defend health care reform against this absurd Wall Street Journal op-ed by Sen. Ron Johnson, Ezra Klein decided to use known falsehoods to advance his case. From Ezra Klein: Here’s the odd thing: At no point in his op-ed does Johnson ever argue that the Affordable Care Act would’ve made his [...]

Health Care Law as Popular as a Pepperoni and Broken Glass Pizza

By: Friday March 11, 2011 2:01 pm

For some reason, one of the most bizarrely persistent myths on the left is that the specifics of the new health care reform law are actually popular. The myth was again brought up today by Ezra Klein: You saw this a lot during health-care reform, where the specifics of the law were popular but the [...]

Hey Colorado: Help Deliver Public Option Petitions to Michael Bennet Tomorrow

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 7:42 pm

Michael Bennet was all about the public option when it didn’t matter.  Now that the health care bill has passed and the President has signed it, there’s no way that introducing an amendment can stop it from going through — so why is Bennet nowhere to be found? Thirty four thousand people have signed the [...]

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 [...]