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.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 10, 2014 7:50 am|
|By: Peterr 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 . . .
|By: Peterr 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 16, 2014 2:10 pm|
It simply can’t be overstated how wastefully corrupt our health care system is.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 6, 2014 7:58 am|
The Affordable Care Act exchange in Massachusetts is messed up beyond repair. The state announced it is going to get rid of it and replace it either with a new exchange based on software from one of the more successful states or by moving to the federal exchange.