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 [...] 80 Percent Is Really Not Success

By: Monday November 18, 2013 9:26 am

The Obama administration is hoping that they can get working so 80 percent of the people trying to get new exchange coverage pnline will be able to do so successfully.

Understanding the Four Categories of People Getting Cancellation Notices

By: 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 [...]

Support for Obama and Obamacare Drops

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 10:50 pm

The country has been remarkably patient with the problematic roll out of, 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 [...]

Obama Points Out How Simple and Easy It Is to Expand Public Insurance

By: 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 [...]

An Hour Long Press Conference with No Questions About Obamacare Rollout

By: 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.