Five Big Opportunities on the Economy Obama Missed

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:32 am

One of the most frustrating things about having a two-party dominated political system, especially in the heat of an election, is that many important points get ignored if they don’t fit the partisan paradigm. One of the best examples is the impoverished debate about Obama’s record on the economy. The only arguments most people hear [...]

Democratic Platform: So Much for Fixing the Affordable Care Act Later

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 8:50 am

I remember during the end of the health care reform fight how top Democrats promised activists unhappy with the bill that they would “fix it later.” I remember being told that it was very important to pass a bill despite many serious problems, design flaws and terrible compromises, because it would be easy to fix [...]

The “Secret” to International Health Care Cost Control is Always Government Involvement

By: Monday July 30, 2012 10:45 am

While in Israel Mitt Romney praised that country’s high quality, low cost health care system. This resulted in a predictable round of mockery from people pointing out that Israel’s heavily government controlled system is exactly the type of “socialism” Romney claims would destroy freedom and economic success if implemented in America. From Ezra Klein: “Our [...]

The Affordable Care Act’s Mixed Reviews

By: Monday July 16, 2012 9:18 am

A new poll from Gallup asking people who they think will be helped and hurt by the new law demonstrates why it is unlikely to become popular in the near future. Most Americans think the law will benefit some groups of people. Given that one of the main stated purposes of the law was to [...]

ACA’s Much Touted Health Insurance Premium Review Is Basically Useless

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 7:36 am

In the Affordable Care Act the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was given the power to review health insurance premium increases, but it wasn’t given the power to actually do anything about unreasonable increases.  HHS can only say an increase is “unreasonable,” but it has zero regulatory power to force the companies to [...]

Scalia Is Actually Right About Cornhusker Kickback

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 7:28 am

David Weigel and Steve Benen, along with many others, chose to criticize Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for allegedly not knowing what was in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, because Scalia brought up the “Cornhusker Kickback.” From Steve Benen: In this case, Scalia doesn’t seem to realize that the so-called “Cornhusker kickback” wasn’t [...]

Support for Affordable Care Act Little Changed in Past Two Years

By: Monday March 26, 2012 2:32 pm

Pew Research has put together this really nice piece summarizing all the recent polling on the Affordable Care Act compared to polling done right after it was passed in March of 2010. Basically a few polls show it getting slightly more popular since it was signed into the law and a few polls have it [...]

The Supreme Court and the ACA: Is Health Care Unique and Does it Matter?

By: Monday March 26, 2012 1:46 pm

One of the most important questions the Justices will likely bring up tomorrow in the deliberation about the individual mandate will be: Is health care — or health insurance — actually unique? This raises the important issue sometimes called the “broccoli question.” The general idea behind it is that if the federal government has the [...]

Will the Unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act Affect the Supreme Court?

By: Monday March 26, 2012 9:17 am

As the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments today about the fate of the Affordable Care Act, it is important to keep in mind that the law remains very unpopular. A CBS New/New Times poll shows only about a third of Americans actually support the law, while nearly half the country disapproves of it. From [...]

The Two Year Anniversary of ACA, if Only Someone Had Warned Democrats

By: Friday March 23, 2012 9:40 am

Today is the two year anniversary of the adoption of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Despite the widely promoted insane belief the that law would magically get more popular after it was passed, two years later the law has only gotten less popular. Research indicates that the intense unpopularity of the [...]

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