Now that millions of people have used coverage bought on the Affordable Care Act exchanges for a year, it is time for a comprehensive study that questions the entire basis of the law.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 4, 2014 1:00 pm|
Despite Paul Krugman’s lack of imagination President Obama could have easily done more to help the economy in 2009-2010 but choose not to. Defenders of Obama’s failure to do more stimulus point to the fact that Congress probably wasn’t interested in passing another “stimulus bill,” but Congress was approving several important bills that stimulating provisions [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 26, 2014 1:33 pm|
The serious problems surrounding auto-enrollment in the new Affordable Care Act exchanges are just starting to get real attention. The problem isn’t a lack of good solutions though. The real problem is that the exchanges weren’t intended to work well for regular people.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 26, 2014 8:08 am|
While Democrats, liberals, and President Obama frequently made the claim that the Affordable Care Act would eliminates medical bankruptcies it simply isn’t true. We know from Massachusetts that medical bankruptcy remains common even after their health care law was adopted.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 25, 2014 8:15 am|
The Obama team has the duty to either drop the individual mandate or promote it heavily. Moving the open enrollment period to tax season would definitely be a good way to draw extra attention to it.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 24, 2014 10:14 am|
The goal of the Affordable Care Act exchanges was to encourage competition among private insurers, but ironically attracting more competition could leave many people the exchanges were designed to help the worst off. To understand why you need to know a few things about the structure of the law, the complexity of selecting a policy, and human nature.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 17, 2014 8:17 am|
Democrats should stop reflexively defending the law and start talking about bold changes to make it significantly better. Just defending it is not working.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 14, 2014 12:03 pm|
A lot of people on the exchanges could be hit with some big surprise costs next year if they just let their policies automatically renew. The tax credits on the exchange are based off the price of the second-cheapest silver plan. If some new cheaper plan enters your exchange the size of your tax credits will drop. So even if the official premiums for your policy don’t change much, the amount you are required to pay could increase noticeably.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 13, 2014 4:00 pm|
Since there has been a lot of media focus on Jonathan Gruber’s recently uncovered remarks about the American voters, I want to put it in the proper historic context. During the 2008 election a major attack line from candidate Obama was pointing out that John McCain planned to tax employer-provided health insurance. It was very effective so Obama repeatedly used it during debates, appearances, and in multiple campaign ads.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 11, 2014 11:30 am|
Jonathan Gruber is right that if Democrats had been honest about their plans to break their promises, the bill would have been unpopular, but all the deception made the law very unpopular anyway. So unpopular that it had now done significant damage to the Democratic party during two mid-term elections.