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 [...]

Why the Politics of Obamacare Implementation Could Be Very Different From Medicare Part D

By: Friday May 3, 2013 7:24 am

There is growing concern that a problematic implementation of the Affordable Care Act will hurt Democrats in 2014. In response, some on the left, like Jonathan Cohn, have pointed to Medicare Part D as an example why such concerns are overblown. They argue while the implementation of the drug benefit program was rocky, it was [...]

Ezra Klein: Insurance Exchanges Don’t Work and Must be Expanded Dramatically

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 9:55 am

I’ve often find Ezra Klein’s writing about health care policy confusing because from blog post to blog post there is often a jarring disconnect that can best be described at policy schizophrenia. The issue is most pronounced in his alternating from defender of health insurance exchanges, mostly when defending Obama, and his acknowledging they have been a proven failure, mostly when criticizing Republicans.

Obama’s Budget Promises on Bush Tax Cuts, Drug Price Negotiation Ring Hollow

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 3:17 pm

The deficit reduction plan President Obama vaguely outlined yesterday lacks basic credibility. The problem isn’t that the math doesn’t add up–it is at least a dramatic improvement over Republican Paul Ryan’s plan, which literally defies logic and basic math. This issue is that many of the reductions President Obama promised yesterday come from actions that [...]

Gruber Again Misleads to Defend His Embattled Individual Mandate

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 4:27 pm

It is not surprising given Jonathan Gruber’s strong support for an individual mandate and his prominent role in both “Romneycare” and “Obamacare” that he is working hard to defend the idea with a new paper for the Center for American Progress attacking “alternatives” to his preferred policy. Overall, I find his case weak and extremely [...]

Was “Obama’s” Bipartisan Deficit Commission Doomed from the Start?

By: Friday December 3, 2010 3:41 pm

Today, President Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission failed to secure a sufficient votes from its members, so it didn’t release on official report. The chance that it would have even reached the required 14-vote minimum was remote for a variety of reasons. For example: Selecting Alan Simpson, a cranky old jerk who loves to fight, as [...]

Obama Again Admits His Health Care Law Is Republican, Not Progressive

By: Monday November 8, 2010 9:30 am

One of my strongest hopes is that everyone in the media, especially on the left, can simply stop pretending the new health reform law is some great progressive victory. It is not. It is a conservative, pro-corporate piece of legislation. From the CBS News: Obama: Well, partly because I couldn’t get the kind of cooperation [...]

Health Care Industry Reminds Democrats Mercenaries Are Only in It for the Money

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 5:15 am

During the health care fight, the Obama administration would probably have benefited from having a military historian as an adviser. Even a cursory study of military history will show you the important role played for centuries by mercenaries—and it will show you their limitations. There are two critical things to keep in mind when thinking [...]

PhRMA to Spend $6 Million on Final Push for Health Care Reform

By: Wednesday March 17, 2010 7:47 am

The brand name prescription drug lobby PhRMA has been holding back on further support for health care reform until they are sure the final reconciliation package is still to the liking of the drug industry. The announcement that PhRMA plans to drop $6 million in a final round of pro-reform ads is a good indication [...]

Remember When Democrats Promised to “Fix” Medicare Part D? Marion Berry (D-AR) Does

By: Monday March 15, 2010 8:56 am

Marion Berry (D-AR) is unlikely vote for the Senate health care bill in the House, but he has recently submitted is own, less comprehensive health care bill (PDF). Primarily, what it does is fix the problems with the Medicare Part D program created by former Republican Rep. Billy Tauzin, which Democrats have been promising to [...]

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