So Far Mixed Results in the ACA Goal of Boosting Competition

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 8:18 am

One of the big stated reasons for the Affordable Care Act was to increase competition in the individual market since many markets are dominated by just one or two insurers, but so far early indications are a mixed bag. The Kaiser Family Foundation looked at seven states with their own exchanges which have put out [...]

One Month In, the ACA Is Still Unpopular

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 7:50 am

The Affordable Care Act has now been in place, in full, for a month. Real people are getting insurance through the system giving Americans a chance to really judge it. So far though, the news is not good for Democrats. The Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll found the law’s popularity hasn’t improved at all during [...]

Young People Are Not Really That Important to the ACA

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 6:00 am

There is this myth that if young people don’t sign up on the Affordable Care Act exchanges the whole program would enter a death spiral. Since the law allows old people to be charged three times more than young people the age of the risk pool is not nearly as important as the relative health. [...]

Support for the ACA Takes a Big Drop

By: Friday November 22, 2013 9:06 am

Technical problems continue to hurt popular support for the Affordable Care Act which is now at the lowest level in the history of the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. Only 33 percent have a favorable opinion of the law while 49 percent have an unfavorable opinion. While opinions about the law have remained relatively steady [...]

Poverty Among Senior Citizens is Worse than Official Numbers

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 8:03 am

Back in 2011 the Census Bureau started releasing an alternative measure of income known as the supplemental poverty measure. It takes into account things like government in-kind benefits and necessary out-of-pocket medical costs. The Kaiser Family Foundation has done a new analysis based on this data and found poverty among seniors is significantly worse than [...]

Obamacare Grows Less Popular and Less Well Understood

By: Tuesday April 30, 2013 8:42 am

Support for the Affordable Care Act has dropped to its lowest level in years, according the latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. The poll found only 35 percent have a favorable opinion of the law, while 40 percent have an unfavorable opinion. This is the lowest level of support since 2011. From Kaiser: At least [...]

Study: Economic Downturn Accounts for Some But Not All Slowdown in Health Care

By: Monday April 22, 2013 12:33 pm

The recent slowdown in health care spending can only be partly attributed to the economy downturn according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Over the past several years health care spending has grown noticeably slower than it has over the last several decades. The big question though is whether this slowdown is [...]

Three Years Later and Obamacare’s Popularity Still Hasn’t Improved

By: Friday March 22, 2013 7:35 am

This weekend it will have been three years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Despite some optimistic claims that its popularity would soar after its passage, public support for the law remains weak. The latest Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll found 37 percent of Americans support the law while 40 percent oppose [...]

Medicaid Expansion Would Carry Real but Modest Costs for Many States

By: Monday November 26, 2012 10:31 am

The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act made the expansion of Medicaid optional for states. Already a few Republicans governors have said they don’t plan to take part. A new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found if states do take part in the expansion it will requires states to only modestly increase [...]

Even A Majority of Republicans Don’t Want Medicare Turned into a Voucher Program

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 10:04 am

Turning Medicare into a voucher program or a “premium support” program, as Rep. Paul Ryan would describe his plan for Medicare, is highly unpopular with basically all segments of the American people, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation poll. The poll found 58 percent want to keep Medicare as is, including 55 percent of Republicans. [...]

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