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 [...]

What a Functional Health Care System Looks Like

By: 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 [...]

Yes, U.S. Private Insurance Companies Are the Problem

By: 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.

Private Insurance Was the Worst at Slowing Cost Growth

By: 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 [...]