When talking about issues with the Affordable Care Act it’s important to remember its problems fall into three basic categories: Implementation, Design, and Foundational.
|By: Jon Walker Monday December 9, 2013 7:20 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 26, 2013 12:52 pm|
Today Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News tried to pretend information that was in a public Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report published four years ago is a “scoop.”
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 26, 2013 10:30 am|
Not everything is going to be ready as planned on October 1st when the health care exchanges are scheduled to open. More significant glitches and problems have emerged.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 20, 2013 12:05 pm|
The RAND Corporation is out with a new study looking at what impact President Obama’s decision to delay the employer mandate for a year will have. Their results find the impact in 2014 will be manageable as long as it is truly just for one year.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 19, 2013 8:35 am|
Since the Obama administration decided to delay the employer mandate I have noticed a disturbing trend where the defenders of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are aggressively downplaying the role of the employer mandate. The latest example is Paul Krugman calling it “minor.”
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 31, 2013 9:08 am|
The Obama administration has repeatedly tried to downplay the importance of its decision to delay the employer mandate for a year, but it is actually one of the most significant unilateral actions taken by this president. It will have substantial policy and financial implications next year.
According to the CBO, the move will cost the government $12 billion next year and will increase the projected number of people without insurance by roughly half a million.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 17, 2013 9:25 am|
The political genius of John Boehner’s plan for dueling votes today on the individual and employer mandate is on full display with President Obama’s incredibly bizarre veto threat. Obama says he will not only veto the bill to delay the individual mandate but will also veto the bill to make his plan to delay the employer mandate legal. From the OMB:
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 16, 2013 12:05 pm|
The Obama administration will allow employers to effectively avoid much of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act by offering basically worthless insurance. From Politico:
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 15, 2013 12:25 pm|
Republicans have grown increasingly convinced that even after it is implemented the Affordable Care Act will remain a successful political weapon for them. Speaker John Boehner has scheduled a vote this week on the employer and individual mandates to try to embarrass House Democrats. On Meet the Press Senate Minority Leader called it the premiere issue of the next election. From MTP:
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 3, 2013 3:25 pm|
The most concerning aspect about the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate is the justification for the delay. The Treasury Department is basically claiming that the reporting system they originally created to try to make the poorly designed mandate work is incredibly burdensome.