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.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 4, 2013 10:17 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 4, 2013 7:52 am|
The Affordable Care Act’s problems are almost all caused by things progressives should have hated about the law: private insurance exchanges, insufficient subsidies, the lack of a federal Medicaid program, not enough limits on price gouging, and the need to rely on expensive private contractors.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 30, 2013 10:41 am|
President Obama’s promise that “if you like your current coverage you can keep it” was always an obvious lie, and not just because the law was always going to inherently change the small individual market. In a few years the Affordable Care Act will also begin significantly impacting the coverage of many people with employer [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 29, 2013 7:19 am|
The scandal is not that reform will change people’s insurance. After all, the point of any “reform” is to change things. The scandal is that Obama lied the whole time and kept lying even after his administration set the rules making sure this impossible promise would never be kept.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 25, 2013 10:48 am|
The Obama Administration claims the Healthcare.gov system should be mostly working by the end of November, giving themselves a month to fix things. This time frame they outlined is interesting because that is basically how long they have to fix things before the real trouble starts. As it currently stands the exchange being broken is [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 25, 2013 7:15 am|
One of the most infuriating things about this current debate over the Obamacare website is that all these millions of dollars, dozens of contractors, and thousand of people hired as navigators is for a completely unnecessary middleman just to help people select another unnecessary middleman. There is no need or legitimate excuse for going with [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:57 am|
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 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.