GOP Senators Release More Serious Obamacare Alternatives

By: Monday January 27, 2014 6:30 pm

I’m left questioning how much these senators are really committed to this proposal because if they were willing to actually negotiate with Democrats back in 2010 they probably could have gotten a lot of these provision in exchange for their votes.


Administration’s Price Tag Obsession Could Still Politically Undermine Obamacare

By: Wednesday May 29, 2013 9:25 am

During the health care debate I considered one of the stupidest political moves made by the Obama administration was to put so much importance on the official price tag. A huge amount of time was wasted trying to a get a pretty CBO score and implementation was delayed past two elections in a pathetic attempt to hide the price. Yet despite all this work, Democrats got basically no political benefit.

Health Care: Uninsured Rises to 59 Million in 2010

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 9:05 am

Among adults age 18-64, and in case you didn’t know that’s the voting age, 22% are uninsured. Half of the uninsured have incomes over the poverty level. 40% of them have one or more chronic diseases. This is not about being young and libertarian and free, this is about not being able to afford health insurance.

McDonald’s Threat on Health Insurance Coverage Proves that Exchanges Will Be Bigger Than Expected

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 2:50 pm

My first reaction to this story about McDonald’s potentially dropping its health insurance coverage for employees was to ask myself, “McDonald’s offers health coverage to employees?” The answer is yes. They offer really bad health coverage.

High Risk Pools Have Few Customers, So Far

By: Saturday August 21, 2010 5:00 pm

Many of us worried that the bridge plans for the uninsured before the changes from the Affordable Care Act that largely come into being in 2014 were underfunded and insufficient. In particular, states were to set up high-risk pools, bolstered with only $5 billion dollars in federal funds. It didn’t seem like this would help enough of the millions of people denied coverage by an insurer for a pre-existing condition. But the money doesn’t seem to be the main problem – it’s getting people to know that the pools exist.

As Insurers Game the Medical Loss Ratio, Key Members of Congress Weigh Steps to Fight Back

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 5:21 pm

I was able to ask Franken about this in a one-on-one interview at Netroots Nation. He said this was an example of the need to stay vigilant in the implementation process on bills of this nature. “I mean, I like to call what we passed ‘The Health and Human Services Secretary Shall … Act of 2010,’” Franken said, pointing to all the parts of the bill that need to be clarified by that federal agency. However, Franken seemed confident that pressure on the insurers would aid in reducing the amount of reclassification in the system. “It’s not like the medical loss ratio hasn’t been computed before,” Franken said. “I have full confidence that Kathleen Sebelius can get this right.”

Gruber Doesn’t Reveal that 21% of MA Residents Can’t Afford Health Care

By: Friday January 8, 2010 9:21 am

21% of Massachusetts residents forgo necessary medical care because it is not affordable.

Bill Supporters Still Can’t Say “Affordable”

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 8:45 am

Improving on the affordability of a national health care reform plan requires thorough discussion of the details, not dismissal of discussion as semantics.

Whose Interests is the White House Representing in the Senate-House Health Reform Conference?

By: Monday December 28, 2009 12:55 pm

The White House says they’ll be actively involved in guiding the process of reconciling the Senate and House health reform bills. So the obvious question is: whose interests will they be representing? The public’s? Or the industry’s?

Public Option More Important Than the Level of Subsidies

By: Saturday November 14, 2009 11:21 am

Mother Jones magazine’s Kevin Drum doesn’t seem to understand the reason progressives are fighting hard for the public option; the fight for the public option is inseparable from the fight for better subsidies and affordability.

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