We are now two months into the coverage expansion of the Affordable Care Act and opinions about the law remain stubbornly unmoved. The latest Kaiser tracking poll finds 47 percent have an unfavorable view of the law while only 35 percent view it positively. This is technically a very small improvement from January but within [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday February 14, 2014 7:17 am|
Anya Schiffrin has a fantastic article giving a great first hand account of how a functioning health care system works. She describes how her father got cancer treatment in France. I highly recommend reading the entire article at Reuters: There were other nice surprises. When my dad needed to see specialists, for example, instead of [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday January 13, 2014 9:49 am|
I’ve noticed a few more centrist “experts” like Ezra Klein trying to push this contrarian idea that Liberals are stupidly misplacing blame on private insurance companies. His analysis though ignores the central role our private insurance companies play in the politics of keeping the system broken.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 21, 2013 7:09 am|
The Obama administration is bragging about the current slowdown in health care cost growth to try to change the narrative about Obama’s signature law. It is true that the Affordable Care Act did a few smart things, like trying to fix overpayments to Medicare Advantage, so it does deserve some credit. What I find ironic [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 18, 2013 9:26 am|
The Obama administration is hoping that they can get Healthcare.gov working so 80 percent of the people trying to get new exchange coverage pnline will be able to do so successfully.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 14, 2013 11:34 pm|
I think the best way to understand the politics and spin surrounding people in the individual market currently seeing their old policies being cancelled is to realize these people fall into roughly four basic categories. 1) Had junk insurance, but didn’t know it – Some people actually had basically worthless insurance but didn’t know it [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 13, 2013 10:50 pm|
The country has been remarkably patient with the problematic roll out of Healthcare.gov, but it appears that after more than a month of glitches that patience has worn out. Support for President Obama and his signature law has dropped noticeably in the latest Quinnipiac poll. Only 39 percent of Americans currently support the new health [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 7, 2013 9:23 am|
While in Texas selling his health care law President Obama highlighted that it is really easy to just expand public insurance to cover the uninsured. From Obama: Here in just the Dallas area, 133,000 people who don’t currently have health insurance would immediately get health insurance without even having to go through the website if [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 8, 2013 12:43 pm|
Nothing better shows how badly this government shutdown is going for Republicans than President Obama’s press conference today, which lasted more than an hour. Despite a terribly managed roll out of his signature health care law, Obama did not get a single question about health care.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 17, 2013 9:20 am|
This new chart from the Congressional Budget Office perfectly shows that our long term debt is all about our broken health care system.