Private Insurance Was the Worst at Slowing Cost Growth

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 7:09 am

The Obama administration is bragging about the current slowdown in health care cost growth to try to change the narrative about Obama’s signature law. It is true that the Affordable Care Act did a few smart things, like trying to fix overpayments to Medicare Advantage, so it does deserve some credit. What I find ironic [...]

Insurance Companies Are Monsters, So We Are Going to Force You to Use Them

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 7:34 am

Some on the left have placed the blame for the Affordable Care Act’s continuing unpopularity on the steady opposition of Republicans. While there is no doubt Republican tactics have hurt support for the law, this doesn’t change the fact that the Obama administration has always done a horrific job selling it. The main problem is [...]

Health Care All But Ignored in the State of the Union

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 7:46 am

If you look at President Obama’s State of the Union address as primarily a political speech to kick off his re-election effort, you get a strong sense of what the Obama campaign thinks are his strengths and weaknesses. The auto rescue and several foreign policy successes made up a huge part of the speech.  But [...]

Private Insurers Fail at Keeping Prices Down in Massachusetts

By: Wednesday June 15, 2011 1:25 pm

Another problem for Romney-care. Even with an individual mandate private insurers in Massachusetts costs to consumers rise faster than public plans. How much more evidence do we need that single payer health care is the only affordable way to go?

Ezra Klein: Insurance Exchanges Don’t Work and Must be Expanded Dramatically

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 9:55 am

I’ve often find Ezra Klein’s writing about health care policy confusing because from blog post to blog post there is often a jarring disconnect that can best be described at policy schizophrenia. The issue is most pronounced in his alternating from defender of health insurance exchanges, mostly when defending Obama, and his acknowledging they have been a proven failure, mostly when criticizing Republicans.

Health Insurance Industry Loves That You Can’t Afford to Use Your Coverage

By: Monday May 16, 2011 10:35 am

It is another year for record profits for the health insurance industry. From the New York Times: The nation’s major health insurers are barreling into a third year of record profits, enriched in recent months by a lingering recessionary mind-set among Americans who are postponing or forgoing medical care. The UnitedHealth Group, one of the largest [...]

Ryan’s Medicare Privatization Will Increase Overall Health Care Spending

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 1:01 pm

Paul Ryan’s Republican budget proposal “saves” the government money on Medicare by replacing it with a voucher to buy private insurance, but these vouchers will be too small to actually buy a similar level of coverage to what  Medicare traditionally provided. It shifts the burden of paying for the rise in health care costs for [...]

It‘s Not That the Health Care Bill Does Too Little Good, It’s That It Does Too Much Harm

By: Wednesday March 17, 2010 1:41 pm

The greatest problem with the Senate health care bill is not that it does “too little” to help people. The problem is that the bill does too many terrible things to help all the bad actors. The Senate bill further entrenches the private health insurance system. It continues the terrible pattern of privatizing our social [...]

A Public Option Would Sure Fix Democrats’ CBO Troubles

By: Wednesday March 17, 2010 12:30 pm

Why have we not yet seen a reconciliation bill with a final CBO score? It needs to be made public today if they want to have it online for 72 hours before a planned Saturday vote. The answer seems to be that they are having trouble putting together a reconciliation bill that the CBO will [...]

Democrats Who Once Railed Against Medicare Part D Now Insist Members Must Vote for Strikingly Similar Senate Health Care Bill

By: Monday March 15, 2010 7:12 am

One thing that has been eating away at me throughout this whole health care debate is the incredible hypocrisy and role reversal of both political parties compared to the Medicare Part D debate. The basic, highly corrupt design of the Senate health care bill is the same as the highly corrupt design as the Medicare [...]