Obamacare Is Just Like the Swiss Health System – minus all the good stuff

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:09 am

Several reporters have compared the Swiss health care system to Obamacare after Switzerland’s recent vote to keep it, including the Washington Post: “Switzerland rejects single-payer, will keep its own version of Obamacare” and Vox: “Switzerland rejects single-payer in landslide, keeps its version of Obamacare.” The similarities between the two systems are mostly superficial, both mandate people buy [...]

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 [...]

The Name Doesn’t Make a Big Difference Because Kynect is Not Obamacare

By: Monday May 12, 2014 1:39 pm

There seems to be an active campaign among defenders of the Affordable Care Act to promote the idea the law is only unpopular because people have been tricked into not liking the term “Obamacare.” While the data shows this isn’t true, it hasn’t stopped individuals from heavily distorting the results of polling data to try to [...]

How Large Was the Pool of People Who Didn’t Get to Keep Their Coverage?

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 11:18 am

A big issue last year was the collective realization that President Obama’s promise that “if you liked your coverage you can keep it” was simply not true. Exactly how many people were actually affected by this broken promise this year, though, is tough to gauge. In an attempt to put it in context a new [...]

Obama Touts 8 Million Exchange Sign Ups

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 1:34 pm

  Now that the official open enrollment closed last month and the extended quasi-open period ended a few days ago President Obama held a rare press conference to tout  the final numbers for Obamacare this year. The big number is 8 million people have selected a plan on the new exchanges created by the Affordable [...]

GOP Can’t Help But Take Their Obamacare Attacks Too Far

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 9:53 am

The Affordable Care Act will not fulfill many of the bigger promises President Obama once made. If Republicans would just focus on how the law falls short of Obama’s benchmarks they would have plenty of political fodder, but they seem compelled to push their attacks so far they become completely unhinged from reality. A perfect [...]

CBO Again Lowers Cost Estimates for Obamacare Coverage Provisions

By: Monday April 14, 2014 9:12 am

Now that the Congressional Budget Office has some real enrollment numbers to work with they have again lowered the projected cost of Affordable Care Act coverage expansion provisions. They now assume these provisions will only cost $1,383 billion from 2015-2024. That is $104 billion less than their estimates from February of this year. From the [...]

Democrats’ Best Hope Is That Obamacare Simply Becomes Boring

By: Friday April 11, 2014 11:37 am

Healthcare.gov might be working well and the Obama administration was able to hit their 7 million sign up goal on the exchanges, but that has had almost no impact on the law’s popularity. Support for the law continues to remain low and impressively stable, according to Gallup. Currently, just 43 percent of Americans approve of [...]

Contra Paul Krugman, Obamacare Is Not an Example of the 1 Percent Losing

By: Monday April 7, 2014 6:46 am

In his recent column about inflation Paul Krugmancites the Affordable Care Act of proof that good policy can prevail against the rich: Now, I don’t think that class interest is all-powerful. Good arguments and good policies sometimes prevail even if they hurt the 0.1 percent — otherwise we would never have gotten health reform. But [...]

Grading Obamacare on a Curve

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:10 am

The Affordable Care Act should be a future case study in setting expectations. What has been defined publicly as “success” or “failure” swings dramatically depending on what narrative dominates that month. Take for example the great press and victory lap President Obama took yesterday for get just over 7 million signups on the exchange. If [...]

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