Americans Are Way Too Worried About Ebola

By: Tuesday October 14, 2014 7:48 am

The American public is radically more concerned about an Ebola outbreak here in the US than they should be. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll 43 percent are worried that they or someone in their immediate family might catch the Ebola virus. In addition an incredible two thirds of the country is concerned [...]

Because Our Plan for “Success” in Syria Worked So Well in Libya

By: Monday October 6, 2014 10:08 am

Our strategy in Syria is remarkably similar to our previous strategy in Libya. In both the idea is heavy international air strikes combined with arming and training local “moderate” rebels, but no ‘boots on the ground.’ So before we spend billions in Syria we should take a moment to see how well this basic plan [...]

No One is Happy with Obama When it Comes to Immigration

By: Tuesday September 9, 2014 12:23 pm

I think this new Washington Post/ABC News poll does a good job of making the point of why President Obama’s immigration strategy makes no sense to me. It found only 31 percent of Americans approve of the way he has handled the issue of immigration while 59 percent disapprove. Even a narrow plurality of Hispanics [...]

Americans Want Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 7:45 am

Raising the minimum wage has strong support among the American people. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll two thirds of Americans want Congress to raise the minimum wage to help low-income workers. Only 31 percent oppose this change. Support is highest among Democrats with 85 percent backing an minimum wage increase, but even [...]

Advertising is Just One Small Cog in the Gaint Health Care Waste Machine

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 5:43 am

Insurance companies are going to spend about $300 million more on TV advertising next year mainly because of the new health care exchanges. From Washington Post: In all of 2012, health insurers spent $216 million advertising on local television stations. But that’s nothing compared to what they’re about to spend. According to trade association TVB, [...]

It Was Always Politics Before Policy on Health Care

By: Monday December 16, 2013 8:20 am

This is only the latest example of politics trumping policy on health care at the Obama White House. The entire writing of the law was about getting the political optics right with little concern about making the individual pieces work. 80 Percent Is Really Not Success

By: Monday November 18, 2013 9:26 am

The Obama administration is hoping that they can get working so 80 percent of the people trying to get new exchange coverage pnline will be able to do so successfully.

Federal Exchanges Might Not Be Fixed in Time

By: Wednesday November 13, 2013 11:00 pm

It appears the Obama administration might not have properly functioning by the end of the month. From the Washington Post: Software problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace, especially in handling high volumes, are proving so stubborn that the system is unlikely to work fully by the end of the month as the [...]

Individual Mandate Delayed for a Few Weeks

By: Thursday October 24, 2013 7:10 am

As expected the Obama administration has decided to delay the individual mandate for a few weeks to make the penalty align with the open enrollment period. From the Washington Post: The Obama administration said Wednesday night that it will give Americans who buy health insurance through the new online marketplaces an extra six weeks to [...]

As Expected, the Obamacare Co-ops are Struggling

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:16 am

Remember when Democrats “replaced” the public option with a plan to help create fifty crippled private insurance co-ops around the country? Somehow that was supposed to be almost as good. As expected, that is not working out so well. From The Washington Post (I recommend reading the entirety of this damning article): When the new [...]