Despite Calling Medicaid Expansion Funds Unreliable, Wisconsin Lawmakers Rely on Other ObamaCare Funds

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 7:09 pm

In the Wisconsin debate about whether to accept federal funding for expanding BadgerCare, there has been little attention paid to a significant inconsistency used in the arguments made by many opponents of using those funds. They contend that it would be risky to pay for newly-eligible childless adults with the increased federal Medicaid funds set aside by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for that purpose; however, their alternative plan (which is much more expensive for state taxpayers) relies on another source of ACA funds.

 

Breaking With Tradition in Wisconsin: BadgerCare

By: Sunday August 17, 2014 5:20 pm

Although most of the proposals that would directly affect BadgerCare for children have been delayed by federal law, the changes that are affecting parents seem to be indirectly reducing kid’s coverage. Over the first six months of 2014, the number of children over the poverty level who are enrolled in BadgerCare has dropped by more than 24,000 – a decrease of 13.6%.

On a more positive note, state lawmakers passed a number of worthwhile measures relating to mental health care during the 2013-14 session.

Will Republicans Eventually Try to Turn Everything Into a Lousy Version of Obamacare?

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 2:16 pm

Many Democrats and liberal commentators remain upset that the Republican party has refused to embrace the Affordable Care Act, but in some ways that is a good thing. If/when Conservatives embrace the law we could end up very unhappy with the ultimate outcome.

Should Counties Put a BadgerCare Expansion Question on the Fall Ballot?

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 6:05 pm

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.

Report Finds There Are 9.5 Million Fewer Uninsured Adults

By: 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.

Women Taking Control of Their Reproductive Health, Pre-Hobby Lobby Edition

By: 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.

New Poll Looks at Winners and Losers on the ACA Exchanges

By: 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.

Since When Is Something That’s Over Twice the Price It Should Be “Reasonably Efficient?”

By: 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.”

How Obamacare Is Like a Tonsillectomy

By: 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.

Large Employers Could Game the Exchanges for Big Savings

By: 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.

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