According to the House Oversight Committee the “White House” may have played an important role in exacerbating the problems with the Healthcare.gov rollout. From the committee: The letter, signed by Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee Chairmen John Mica, R-Fla., James Lankford, R-Okla., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, cites January 9, 2013 [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:57 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 21, 2013 9:16 am|
I thought it was very strange that in President Obama’s speech about the problems with Healthcare.gov, he bragged that the number of total visits was proof of its popularity. He proudly proclaimed, “It’s really good. And it turns out there’s a massive demand for it. So far, the national website, healthcare.gov, has been visited nearly [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 21, 2013 7:00 am|
The disastrous health care rollout will likely be the big story for at least the next week, and we are finally getting a sense of what the top story would have been for the last month if Republicans hadn’t shut down the government.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 8, 2013 10:03 am|
Sebelius’s excuse is not an argument against going to single-player, this is an argument for why you should have gone for single-payer. If the Republicans are going to completely freak out regardless, there is no reason to compromise. The political response from the GOP will be the same.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 4, 2013 9:07 am|
The Republican plan was to shut down the government and make life so painful Obama he would be forced to accept changes to his signature health care law. Of course the shutdown ended up being more painful for the GOP. So now Republicans want to make the shutdown less painful by passing small bills to [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 4, 2013 7:07 am|
Rarely has a crisis in Washington been both so serious for real people yet so boringly stupid. There are no negotiations. There are no back-and-forths between relevant parties, no daily news of advances and setbacks because there can’t be. Nothing is really happening because this entire crisis is just waiting for Speaker John Boehner to [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 2, 2013 8:13 am|
As the old joke goes, people think their insurance is great until they go to use it. All indications are this will be the same with the Affordable Care Act. While this is a policy problem, it should be a political benefit. Many relatively healthier people using the exchanges will probably say they are “happy” with their new coverage up until the moment need to use it.
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 27, 2013 7:46 am|
Several media outlets are making a big deal of the fact that according to the new CNBC survey 46 percent of Americans view “Obamacare” negatively, while only 37 percent view the “Affordable Care Act” negative. In reality there is nothing revealing about these different numbers beside that it shows fewer people simply know the term “Affordable [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 24, 2013 8:18 am|
It is growing increasingly clear that Republicans are unlikely to actually cause a government shutdown in a misguided attempt to get President Obama to destroy the Affordable Care Act, so they have started to turn to the debt limit as the real fight. House Republicans plan to load a debt ceiling increase with every conservative wish they can imagine as part of their opening bid.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 23, 2013 9:40 am|
A new Politico article provides more verification that the Obama 2008 campaign messaging around health care reform was based on lies and active deception.