Moving to the Right Won’t Help Obamacare Politically

By: Friday April 4, 2014 8:40 am

Since Republican Congressional cooperation is hopeless, Democrats’ best chance of making the ACA popular is pushing changes to win over the left. They are at least potentially persuadable and a large enough group to get the law bare majority support.

 

The Hobby Lobby Lobby

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 5:27 pm

I say give corporations the right to proclaim themselves Christian Scientist because they’re people too. And then it’s “HELLO SINGLE PAYER!”

What Are the “Fix It, Don’t Nix It” Democrats Planning to “Fix” in Obamacare?

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 1:55 pm

If Democrats are going to campaign on keeping but “fixing” Obamacare they need to actually start talking about improvements — but that requires being honest about its shortcomings. You can’t run on fixing something without an actual fix.

So Far Mixed Results in the ACA Goal of Boosting Competition

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 5:01 pm

I doubt the ACA will make most markets more competitive because it doesn’t change the core dynamics which drove concentration in the first place. In some large urban areas you can theoretically support several HMO’s with their own hospitals competing. More rural areas can support only one medical center and the largest insurer will be able to negotiate the best price thereby gaining a real advantage. Without some significant changes, like all-payer, the insurance market in such places is unlikely to ever be competitive. Craeting shopping websites and slightly increasing the number buying insurance simply doesn’t change the basic economics.

ACA Poll Numbers Drop After Implementation

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 2:15 pm

Americans have now had direct experience with the coverage expansion provision in the Affordable Care Act for a full two months and during this time disapproval of the law actually increased.

Biden Doesn’t Expect 7 Million Exchange Sign-Ups

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 8:30 am

While the Healthcare.gov website is now working, it is growing increasingly clear the Obama administration will not hit its goal of having 7 million people sign up on the exchanges this year. Vice President Joe Biden admitted that will likely be unattainable.

One Month In, the ACA Is Still Unpopular

By: Thursday January 30, 2014 2:15 pm

This poll should be very troubling for Democrats because even though the Healthcare.gov website is now working better and the law is finally providing benefits, it is not gaining support.

Target to Push Part-Time Workers Onto ACA Exchanges

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 11:59 am

Shifting people onto exchanges and making health insurance more “consumer driven” is a goal of  the ACA. Senate Democrats purposely chose not to go with a real employer mandate.

Divorce Your Cancer-Stricken Wife: Obamacare’s Two Marriage Penalties

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 10:06 am

In my ongoing series about the flaws in the Affordable Care Act one of the most morally and emotionally upsetting is the law’s two marriage penalties. Hopefully though, given that Republicans now apparently are all about promoting marriage to reduce income inequality this is a design flaw that might have a chance of getting addressed in the near future.

Uninsured Still View HealthCare.gov Negatively

By: Friday January 3, 2014 12:57 pm

It is very difficult to make a properly informed decision and that is a problem stemming from the structure of the law. The law gave insurance companies incredible discretion in design plans and networks making real comparison complicated for regular people. Even the best website design can only do so much to elevate the stress and hassle of dealing with this inherent complexity.

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