No, the ACA Hasn’t Ended Medical Bankruptcy

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 7:23 am

I find Brian Beutler’s criticism of claims made by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about health care reform in 2009 to be emblematic of why Democrats and liberals have not been able to sell the ACA to the public.

Jonathan Cohn Rewrites History for Jonathan Gruber

By: Tuesday November 18, 2014 8:49 am

This defense of Jonathan Gruber in the New Republic simply doesn’t fit with what actually happened. First, Jonathan Cohn claims Gruber never hid his conflict of interest while pretending to be an outside expert in media interviews. At the same time this was happening, reporters like me were constantly seeking interpretation of the policy process [...]

Obama’s Accountable Care Organizations are Just Rebranded HMOs

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 7:03 am

One of the most talked about yet least explained elements of the Affordable Care Act was how it would create Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). There are supposed to this amazing “new idea” to make health care dramatically better by making it outcome based, but every description of how this vague concept was suppose to worked [...] Back End Error Rate Down to Only 10 Percent

By: Friday December 6, 2013 8:22 am

The Obama administration has been quite cagey and secretive about their problems with the back end of but the New Republic recently got a nice scoop. Apparently the error rate with the information sent to the insurers via 834 transactions is now down to only 10 percent. From Jonathan Cohn: But the 834 problem [...]

The ‘Health Care Needed 60 Votes’ Myth Never Dies

By: Monday December 2, 2013 12:14 pm

It is amazing to me that prominent people still claim health care reform needed 60 votes in the Senate, even this myth has been proved false repeatedly in huge ways. The latest example is Henry Aaron and Harold Pollack rehashing this lie once again to defend the poor design of the Affordable Care Act. From [...]

An Executive Order to End “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Wouldn’t Have Caused Blowback

By: Monday January 28, 2013 10:04 am

In an interview with the New Republic President Obama claims ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell via an executive order would have caused “huge blowback,” but this claim is highly dubious. So a great example of that is the work we did on “don’t ask, don’t tell.” There were advocates in the LGBT community who were [...]

Axelrod Stabs Rahm, Runs from Wreckage of Health Care Bill

By: Monday September 27, 2010 8:41 am

Noam Scheiber writes a lengthy portrait of David Axelrod in the latest issue of the New Republic.  Axelrod is apparently not having fun, bemoaning Washington DC as place where “too many people spend too much time kneecapping each other to certify their own importance.” Axelrod likes to aim a little higher apparently, because he then [...]