The Stupidest Poll Question of the Day

By: Monday November 17, 2014 1:16 pm

In general I love polls, but they can be a clear example of the ‘garbage in garbage out’ problem. If the poll question is bad it tells you nothing useful and this poll question in the USA Today survey is really bad. It asked: “Should President Obama take executive action this year to deal with [...]

Sick People Make for Poor Watchdogs

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 7:23 am

Over at USA Today they have a helpful list of reasons why your insurance company may not be paying your medical bills and the remedy is basically that sick people should aggressively monitor, research, and follow up on every single health care interaction. You need to be very knowledgeable and diligent to not be screwed. [...]

Grading Exchange Premiums on a Curve

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 7:56 am

Some new analysis of enrollment on the exchanges predicts about a 7 percent increase in premiums next year. From USA Today: Statisticians working with insurers to project next year’s insurance premium rates say they expect to see an average increase of about 7%, well below the feared double-digit increases making recent headlines. “The double-rate increases [...]

Rahm Says “I Told You So” to Zeke on Health Care

By: Monday December 9, 2013 9:03 am

There was a time when Rahm Emanuel thought it was smarter to move forward with small health care steps, but he was overruled by President Obama and his brother Zeke Emanuel. Now that the Affordable Care Act helped cost Democrats the House in 2010 and is sinking Obama’s favorable ratings, Rahm is having his “I told you so” moment.

The Speak No Evil Approach to Afghanistan

By: Friday January 20, 2012 9:58 am

Apparently things aren’t going well in Afghanistan so the solution on the part of our government is too simply stop telling us about how bad things are. From USA Today: Military commanders in Afghanistan have stopped making public the number of allied troops killed by Afghan soldiers and police, a measure of the trustworthiness of [...]

The Stupidity of the “Skin in the Game” Theory for Controlling Health Care Costs

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 9:56 am

If you actually wanted to reduce health care spending you need to reduce how much we are actually paying for health care products and services. Not only do we spend way more than the rest of the industrialized world on administrative costs, we also pay way more for the exact same drugs and treatments. Forcing [...]

Obama Punts Keystone Pipeline Decision Until After 2012 Election

By: Thursday November 10, 2011 12:47 pm

The Obama administration will likely soon announce that the State Department will consider an alternative route for the Keystone XL Pipeline.  If that happens, it will likely delay any decision on the pipeline until after the 2012 election.  From USA Today: The State Department is preparing to announce its decision that it will explore a [...]

Obama Ramps up Health Care Fraud Prosecutions

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 9:11 am

In the last year the Obama administration has ramped up efforts to prosecute those committing health care fraud and it is producing results. From USA Today: The statistics, released by the non-partisan Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, show 903 prosecutions so far this year. That’s a 24% increase over the total for all of fiscal year [...]

Obama: Middle Class Should Pay Some of the Costs to Fix Mess They Didn’t Cause

By: Friday July 22, 2011 5:19 pm

I’m reading President Obama op-ed in USA Today about the deficit. If I’m not mistaken, it contains the strange message that he wants the middle class to pay a significant portion of the cleanup costs for a mess they didn’t create. That’s why people in both parties have suggested that the best way to take [...]

USA Today/Gallup Poll: There Is Too Much Government Involvement in Health Care – And We Need More Government Involvement

By: Tuesday March 30, 2010 8:46 am

One of the problems with policy polling in this country is that regular Americans simply don’t understand policy–which is often not their fault. Some pieces of legislation, like the recently enacted health care law, are so complex, I doubt a majority of professional Washington DC journalists fully understand it. It seems people latch on to [...]