The Affordable Care Act Is Poorly Designed for Dealing With Epidemics and the GOP Plan Is Even Worse

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 12:00 pm

It want to begin this post by saying the risk of America suffering from a serious and fast moving epidemic, like seen in the movie Contagion, is extraordinary small. I’ve repeatedly pointed out that the high level of concern about Ebola in the United States at this moment is unfounded, but since the media is focused [...]

Another Terrible Health Care Problem Which is Easily Solved — But Won’t Be

By: Monday September 22, 2014 7:15 am

The New York Times has a great article about how hospital secretly use out-of-network providers to screw over patients in which they describe a surprise $117,000 bill for an “assistant surgeon.” From the NYT: In Mr. Drier’s case, the primary surgeon, Dr. Nathaniel L. Tindel, had said he would accept a negotiated fee determined through [...]

American Hospitals Waste a Shocking Amount on Administrative Costs

By: Monday September 8, 2014 12:50 pm

The United States has, by far, the most expensive health care system in the world. Partly because the federal government lets the industry overcharge people and partly because its Rube Goldberg-like structure requires a huge amount of money spent on keeping it all running. Every hospital has to negotiate a different price with every insurer [...]

Will Republicans Eventually Try to Turn Everything Into a Lousy Version of Obamacare?

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 12:59 pm

Many Democrats and liberal commentators remain upset that the Republican party has refused to embrace the Affordable Care Act, but in some ways that is a good thing. If/when Conservatives embrace the law we could end up very unhappy with the ultimate outcome. This Politico column from Avik Roy from the Manhatten Institute is a [...]

The Massive Gap Between What Young People Wanted From Health Care Reform and What They Got

By: Friday July 11, 2014 11:36 am

One set of numbers about health care reform from the Reason-Rupe Millennials poll really stood out to me. It found voters 18-29 overwhelmingly believe the government has the responsibility to guarantee every citizen has health insurance. The poll found 69 percent share this opinion, but only 51 percent have a favorable view of the Affordable [...]

Don’t Expect a Republican Replacement to the Affordable Care Act

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 11:57 am

Republican attempts to create an official replacement to the Affordable Care Act that most of the party will agree to vote for have basically fallen apart. From Politico: The repeal part of their “repeal and replace” promise was easy; the House has voted dozens of times to repeal or defund all or some of the [...]

No Improvement in Public’s Opinion of Health Care Law

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 7:43 am

The Affordable Care Act has now been implemented. The Medicaid expansion is well underway in the states which took part, and the extremely long open enrollment period on the exchanges has come and gone. Yet this has seemed to have no real impact on how the public views the law.

How Obamacare Is Like a Tonsillectomy

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 10:27 am

I think the best way to understand the seeming contradiction in polling which both shows very low approval for the Affordable Care Act yet very low support for its repeal is to think of it like a tonsillectomy. Imagine our entire health care system as a body, and back in 2010 Democrats decided the best [...]

One Tweet Which Shows Why Obamacare Has Been a Hard Sell

By: Monday March 31, 2014 7:53 am

As part of the final push to get people to sign up for Obamacare before today’s enrolment deadline, Barack Obama tweeted this message over the weekend: If a person’s income is low enough that they qualify for Medicaid or substantial subsidies this is make sense, but even for a young person with a moderate income [...]

Little Improvement in Obamacare’s Polling Numbers

By: Friday February 28, 2014 9:22 am

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 [...]

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