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.

How Large Was the Pool of People Who Didn’t Get to Keep Their Coverage?

By: 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.

Climate Catastrophe Now & The Most Important Question About Obamacare

By: 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.

Contra Paul Krugman, Obamacare Is Not an Example of the 1 Percent Losing

By: 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.

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.

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