The months of work on Healthcare.gov are bearing fruit. According to the Obama administration the site now works much better than it did in October. Load time has been improved, capacity has been increased, and error rates are down. When the site launched it was down over half the time. Now the site is up over 90 percent of the time.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday November 30, 2013 1:00 pm|
Spending this weekend with my family I’ve realized the timing of Thanksgiving is very awkward. As a country we have basically two big family holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they are only a month apart.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 29, 2013 9:00 am|
As part of a big holiday news dump the Obama administration announced that the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges will be completely delayed for a year. Small business will be able to buy exchange qualified coverage offline to try to qualify for the available tax credits, but the online web portal will not be working until November 2014 for coverage that starts in 2015.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 27, 2013 1:31 pm|
Over a month into the implementation of the Affordable Care Act there seems to be no increase in the number of people who feel they have been helped by the law. In fact there has been a modest increase in the number who think they have been hurt by the law.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 27, 2013 11:15 am|
While the professional class of warmongers has been all over the TV news lately disparaging the recent Iran nuclear deal, it is worth highlighting that this group of people has almost no popular support. They represent only a tiny radical fringe. The country is tired of war and has become very skeptical that military action is an effective tool for achieving positive results.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 26, 2013 7:55 am|
Being unable to successfully implement your own signature achievement will really undermine people’s opinions about your job performance.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 25, 2013 2:00 pm|
This is a sad day for the marijuana reform community. Peter Lewis, the billionaire chairman of Progressive Insurance died at his home in Florida on Saturday. He was 80. Lewis was a successful businessman, philanthropist and was very politically engaged.
For decades Lewis was also one of the most prominent advocates for marijuana reform. He was personally helped by the medical use of cannabis.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 25, 2013 8:50 am|
It seems Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is incredibly upset that policy decisions will ultimately be made by voters.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 25, 2013 7:50 am|
President Obama did a very good thing here. He and his team deserve great credit for this move.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 22, 2013 1:10 pm|
Originally the open enrollment period for 2015 was supposed to start Oct 15th of 2014 and end December 7th. The Obama administration today announced they pushed back the start to November 15th and end January 15th (2016). This move just happens to put the date past the mid-term elections. This means many people will not be looking at their new 2015 premiums until after they vote.