What Focusing on the Economy Could Have Looked Like

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 1:00 pm

Despite Paul Krugman’s lack of imagination President Obama could have easily done more to help the economy in 2009-2010 but choose not to. Defenders of Obama’s failure to do more stimulus point to the fact that Congress probably wasn’t interested in passing another “stimulus bill,” but Congress was approving several important bills that stimulating provisions [...]


Validation on Health Care Reform

By: Wednesday December 3, 2014 1:00 pm

In an interview with The Hill, outgoing Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) has come to admit that, in hindsight, most of the strong political and policy criticism I (and Firedoglake) were making during the health care reform debate were correct. From The Hill: “We had the power to do it in a way that would have [...]

The ACA Exchanges Can Be Fixed, But They Were Meant To Be Broken

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 1:33 pm

The serious problems surrounding auto-enrollment in the new Affordable Care Act exchanges are just starting to get real attention. The problem isn’t a lack of good solutions though. The real problem is that the exchanges weren’t intended to work well for regular people.

House Republicans Finally File Suit Against President Obama

By: Friday November 21, 2014 12:50 pm

The long promised House Republican’s lawsuit against the Obama administration based on his executive action related to health care is finally here.

My Experience Applying to ACA in Texas

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 2:45 pm

Open enrollment for obtaining affordable health insurance to take effect in 2015 begins today. Even though I have an undergraduate degree in Biology and an associates degree in a medical field, as well as a reasonable grasp of reading and writing, my attempts to navigate previous versions of ACA enrollment websites proved futile. Knowing that the government website was problematic in the beginning, and being directed to return on November 15, I was eager to get an early start this morning, to review my options, and sign up for affordable health care at the earliest opportunity.

Nancy Pelosi Claims Not to Know Who Jonathan Gruber Is, Cited Him on Her Website in 09′

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 1:59 pm

After MIT economist and consultant Jonathan Gruber was revealed on video to have said selling Obamacare involved being dishonest and that American voters were stupid it is not surprising that elected officials are trying to distance themselves from him. Gruber was a consultant on the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” and his analysis was used to argue in favor of the bill so, unfortunately for them, there is an archived history of Gruber’s association with many members of Congress including leadership.

Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 8:05 am

America’s largest employer, Walmart, has announced that it will no longer be providing benefits for many of its part-time employees. According to the Associated Press, Walmart will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week starting January 1st, 2015. The workers will be forced to find other means of insurance and given Walmart’s terrible wages many of those workers will likely find themselves on public assistance.

Which Candidate for WI Governor Has a Plan That Relies More Heavily on ObamaCare?

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:15 pm

A Scott Walker campaign ad that criticizes Mary Burke for her stance relating to the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA or “Obamacare”) is based on a false premise. It incorrectly equates supporting the expansion of BadgerCare with supporting an expansion of “Obamacare.”

Although I don’t think one can say that either candidate for Wisconsin governor supports “expanding Obamacare,” I believe a strong case can be made that the current Governor’s plan relies more heavily on a key part of the Affordable Care Act. For reasons I’ll explain below, his changes to BadgerCare do more than Burke’s alternative to expand the reach of the core part of the ACA – the new federal Marketplace for health insurance and the substantial federal funding to subsidize Marketplace insurance plans.

Obamacare Is Just Like the Swiss Health System – minus all the good stuff

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 3:05 pm

The similarities between the two systems are mostly superficial, both mandate people buy individual insurance. The differences, though, are huge. Obamacare is basically the Swiss system with all the important rules that make it work properly removed.

Obamacare Subsidy Case to Go Before Full D.C. Circuit Court

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 8:55 am

In a big win for the the Obama administration the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted a rare en banc rehearing in Halbig v. Burwell, meaning the issue will be revisited by the full court. The oral arguments are scheduled for December 17th.

Earlier this year in a surprise decision two of the judges on a three judge panel ruled that the Affordable Care Act subsidies could not go to individuals in states with federally-run exchanges.

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