The Massive Gap Between What Young People Wanted From Health Care Reform and What They Got

By: Friday July 11, 2014 2:40 pm

One set of numbers about health care reform from the Reason-Rupe Millennials poll really stood out to me.

It found voters 18-29 overwhelmingly believe the government has the responsibility to guarantee every citizen has health insurance. The poll found 69 percent share this opinion, but only 51 percent have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act.

 

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.

With Hobby Lobby Decision, SCOTUS Heads Back to the Gilded Age

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30 am

The good times keep rolling for corporations at the Supreme Court. Four years ago, Citizens United​ gave corporations the right to spend as much money as they’d like on elections (money = speech, you know), and now Hobby Lobby​ gave corporations the right to claim their religious beliefs should exempt them from laws they deem objectionable on religious grounds.

But looking beneath the surface of the ​Hobby Lobby​ ruling reveals a grander gift to corporate owners . . .

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.

America Ranks No. 1 for Over-Priced, Inefficient Health Care

By: Monday June 16, 2014 2:10 pm

It simply can’t be overstated how wastefully corrupt our health care system is.

Gallup: Health Care Law Still Unpopular

By: Friday May 30, 2014 5:03 pm

If millions of people buying insurance on the exchanges didn’t have a noticeable impact on opinions about the law, it is unlikely approval of it will change significantly anytime in the near future.

No Improvement in Public’s Opinion of Health Care Law

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 10:00 am

The Affordable Care Act has now been implemented. The Medicaid expansion is well underway in the states which took part, and the extremely long open enrollment period on the exchanges has come and gone. Yet this has seemed to have no real impact on how the public views the law.

Bill Clinton Shows Why Messaging on Health Care Is So Hard for Dems

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 7:35 am

If you write a law that is so needlessly complex not even a super genius could implement it correctly, you have failed as a legislator.

The Debate We Should be Having About Exchanges

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 1:10 pm

There is this idea that Republicans are looking for any excuse to attack Obamacare, but that is not true. They are only interested in highlighting problems which reinforce their world view, so many of the most glaring shortcomings with the design of the Affordable Care Act have received little public debate.

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