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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sick People Make for Poor Watchdogs

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 7:23 am

Over at USA Today they have a helpful list of reasons why your insurance company may not be paying your medical bills and the remedy is basically that sick people should aggressively monitor, research, and follow up on every single health care interaction. You need to be very knowledgeable and diligent to not be screwed. [...]

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 [...]