Peter Orszag Questions Private Health Insurance Competition. So Where Was He During the ACA Debate?

By: Monday August 20, 2012 11:48 am

About the the only satisfaction I get out of Rep. Paul Ryan’s horrible plan to voucherize Medicare is the truly ironic effect it has on the top supporters of the Affordable Care Act. For much of 2009-2010 they kept saying how vouchers to buy private health insurance on an exchange was a great idea for [...]

Issues With State Control of Medicaid Are Not Going Away

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 12:27 pm

Currently several Republican governors are threatening not to take part in the Medicaid expansion, which has become an optional part of the Affordable Care Act. Even if you share the optimism of people like Peter Orzag, who claims all states will eventual adopt the expansion because federal funding will end up being too good of [...]

Peter Orszag Probably Right About the Depressing Future of Health Care

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 12:39 pm

Peter Orszag, President Obama’s former OMB director, has a rather depressing column in which he predicts the future of health care in America. He thinks employer health care will go the route that private pensions have gone, being replaced by individual 401(k) plans. He also thinks the Affordable Care Act he helped create will accelerate [...]

What Was the “Message” Of the Election?

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 10:40 am

Peter Orszag has an oped in the New York Times regarding Social Security. It’s full of the usual Orszag claptrap in which he sets himself up as the sober, responsible judge, while “the left… seems adamantly opposed to restoring actuarial balance to Social Security.” Orszag ends with this: Given the left’s strident opposition to any [...]

A Paid Insider Can’t Be An Objective Outsider Judge

By: Friday January 8, 2010 4:18 pm

OMB director Peter Orszag and MIT economists Jonathan Gruber are both very smart, successful individuals. While I may not agree with them on every policy, that does not mean I don’t respect their intelligence. Both have knowledge and perspective to add to the health care debate. The problem is that it turns out they have [...]

Please Stop Lying, Peter Orszag

By: Tuesday December 1, 2009 9:44 am

It is a good thing that Democrats are trying to put together a bill that will massively expand coverage while reducing the deficit and slightly reducing premiums for a majority of Americans. That is a serious accomplishment, and something to brag about. What the Senate bill does not do is take the serious steps that [...]

Really, Peter Orszag!?! Your Critics Have No Ideas For Controlling Cost?

By: Friday November 27, 2009 1:07 pm

During a conference call with reports Peter Orszag defended the Senate health care reform bill’s minor cost-control measures: Orszag suggested that others who have questioned the bill haven’t been as thorough as Brownstein. He noted that The Atlantic reporter identified specific pages of the bill while interviewing him for the piece. “I would say to [...]

Occam’s Razor: Obama Lied About Support for Public Option

By: Monday October 26, 2009 9:09 am

It is amazing to me that some reporters honestly believe Obama would “prefer a strong public option.” All the evidence points to the contrary. For months Obama has been trying to down play the public option. His advisers have been running around saying anything (triggers or co-ops) would be acceptable substitutes even after the CBO [...]

Orszag Promotes Co-ops And Triggers, Ignores CBO Report

By: Wednesday September 23, 2009 10:15 am

In an interview with, White House Budget Director Peter Orszag talked about his support for so-called "co-ops" and "triggers." Orszag signaled the administration doesn’t consider a government-run insurance program essential to the legislation. He suggested it would be sufficient to either create nonprofit insurance-purchasing cooperatives or set “triggers” to activate a public option if [...]