The question of whether to take federal funding to expand BadgerCare is an important issue for Wisconsin voters and for counties. It makes a lot of sense for counties to put the question on the November ballot – to raise the visibility of the issue and to give voters a chance to weigh in on a very important matter of public policy.
|By: WI Budget Project Saturday July 12, 2014 6:05 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 10, 2014 7:50 am|
The results basically confirm what we have known about the law since its inception. Directly providing people with health insurance or giving the money to help buy coverage will reduce the number of uninsured and make some people better off. The problem is the law does this in a very wasteful, needlessly complex, and difficult for regular people to understand.
|By: Peterr Saturday June 28, 2014 9:32 am|
Next week, SCOTUS is expected to rule on the Hobby Lobby case, challenging the requirement that private employers that provide insurance to their employees must include contraceptives in the list of services covered with no co-pay. While legal scholars have been watching to see how this decision plays out, women have been taking action, demonstrating their desire to control their own reproductive lives. HHS just released a report showing a very positive picture of women using the provisions of ACA to deal with their reproductive choices, and Erica Hellerstein at The Atlantic painted a more disturbing picture of an underground DIY approach as safe and legal access to abortion is limited or eliminated.
One way or another, women will make their own decisions.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 19, 2014 11:15 am|
The Kaiser Family Foundation poll has provided one of the first comprehensive looks at the new enrollees in the individual market.
One of the biggest findings of the poll is that a majority (57 percent) of people getting coverage on the exchanges say they were previously uninsured. As intended, the law resulted in more people buying coverage.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 18, 2014 3:46 pm|
One can try to argue the law is a net positive, worth the corrupt compromises needed to secure its passage, or working mostly as it was designed. What you can’t legitimately argue is that it is “reasonably efficient.”
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 13, 2014 1:38 pm|
I think the best way to understand the seeming contradiction in polling which both shows very low approval for the Affordable Care Act yet very low support for its repeal is to think of it like a tonsillectomy.
Imagine our entire health care system as a body, and back in 2010 Democrats decided the best treatment for persistent throat infections (the uninsured and a broken insurance market) was to undergo surgery to remove the tonsils.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 8, 2014 2:29 pm|
It might be possible to make this complex system work relatively well if we aggressively patch each issue as soon as it arises but that would take serious political will and a very responsive Congress, neither of which we have.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 24, 2014 6:10 pm|
There is a modest group of losers because of Obama’s broken promise. It is nowhere near as large as Republicans have been claiming it is.
|By: Dennis Trainor Jr Sunday April 20, 2014 5:20 pm|
Dennis Trainor talks with Dr. Jill Stein, President of the Green Shadow Cabinet about the recently published U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment on climate change. The findings, combined with the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community, paint a picture of humanity committing a collective genocide and ecocide. The end of civilization scenarios, once projected for your grandchildren’s grandchildren are now a reality for anyone ho plans to be alive in 2050.
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 7, 2014 8:01 am|
The ACA was at best a 1 percent vs 1 percent internal spat that resulted in some scraps falling off the table.