Young People Aren’t Flocking to Obamacare Yet

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 7:11 am

After a very long delay the federal government has finally started releasing demographic data about who is signing up for coverage on the new exchanges. According to Department of Health and Human Services only 24 percent of people who have signed up for coverage on either the state or federal exchanges are between the ages [...]

Affordable Care Act is Now in Effect but Still Unpopular

By: Monday January 13, 2014 11:24 am

The healthcare.gov website has improved significantly and starting at the beginning of this year millions of Americans got new insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The law has finally gone from being a theoretical to a real program delivering real change. This important policy transition though hasn’t caused a change in attitudes about [...]

December Saw Surge in Obamacare Exchange Signups

By: Monday December 30, 2013 7:23 am

While Healthcare.gov had a very rocky first two months, things worked much better in December. According to the Obama administration 975,000 people selected plans on the federally run exchange this month. This brings total signup on the federal exchange to 1.1 million. When the state run exchanges are added in the total number of people [...]

People With Obamacare Will Still Go Broke

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 10:54 am

President Obama promise “if you like your insurance you can keep it” has generated a lot of attention lately, but long-term the failure of an even more oft-repeated promise will be more important. Obama has frequently implied using the Affordable Care Act will stop people from going broke if they get sick, even though this [...]

Reluctant Acceptance, Not Popularity, May Be Obamacare’s Best Hope

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 7:21 am

Now that the federal exchange is functioning less terribly it seems supporters of the Affordable Care Act are again trying to convince themselves popularity is just around the corner. While I could be wrong I simply can’t see the law every becoming truly popular. The simple fact is the law was unpopular while it was [...]

Support for Obama and Obamacare Continues to Slide

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 6:52 am

There is some really bad news for President Obama in the latest ABC/Washington Post poll. His job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point ever in his presidency in their polling. Currently only 42 percent approve of how he is handling his job while 55 percent disapprove. Obama has even lost young people, which [...]

How Would a Progressive Fix Obamacare?

By: Monday November 18, 2013 8:31 am

When people find out I was never a fan of Affordable Care Act, I’m often asked how I would fix it. In my ideal world I wouldn’t since I consider the structure inherently bad. If I were emperor I would completely replace it with a plan to steadily move the country to single payer. I [...]

Older People Are the Ones Signing Up for Obamacare

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 9:52 am

Only an older, sicker and more expensive population have signed up during the first month the Affordable Care Act exchanges have been “open.” From the Wall Street Journal: Insurers say the early buyers of health coverage on the nation’s troubled new websites are older than expected so far, raising early concerns about the economics of [...]

We Could Have Done Much Better than Only Four Winners for Every Loser

By: Monday November 4, 2013 11:14 am

According to Jon Gruber there should be about one loser from Obamacare for every four winners. From Business Insider: It is worth mentioning that this does not  include the impact of the Cadillac tax on employer provide insurance, which beginning in 2018 was designed to make sure certain people got worse insurance from their employer. That [...]

Obama Administration Didn’t Listen to Advice to Create an ACA Implementation Czar

By: Monday November 4, 2013 10:17 am

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has gone extremely poorly so far, and it seems part of the reason is that the administration refused to follow sage advice coming from some of their own people to appoint an implementation czar.

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