The Affordable Care Act’s Mixed Reviews

By: Monday July 16, 2012 11:30 am

A new poll from Gallup asking people who they think will be helped and hurt by the new law demonstrates why it is unlikely to become popular in the near future. Most Americans think the law will benefit some groups of people. But they also believe it will hurt tax payers and those who currently have insurance.


Questions for Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney and Other Opponents of Health Care Reform: Where Are Your Facts?

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 7:07 pm

The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Thursday has caused a rush of panic from the opponents of universal health care. Lots and lots of claims about what the law does are being tossed around, and many of these claims are what you might call puzzling to those of us who actually know what’s in the ACA.

Now, I don’t want to accuse anyone of intentionally lying without gathering more evidence, but without a deeper understanding of what various conservatives mean by their claims, it’s hard to suppress the sense that they may perhaps just be lying. So, I’ve made a list of questions I want opponents of health care reform to answer so I can better understand how their seemingly outrageous claims about the ACA make sense outside of the most obvious “lying” angle.

A Pyrrhic Victory? In ACA Ruling, Roberts Court Takes Big Swipe at Social Safety Net

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 8:35 am

When the legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act first started taking form, the assertion that Congress did not have the power to regulate the health insurance industry under either the Commerce Clause or the Necessary and Proper Clause was largely seen as an academic argument that had percolated in law schools thanks to a robust presence of the Federalist Society. After all, how could an industry that accounts for approximately 16 percent of economic activity in this country be said not to affect interstate commerce?

It’s a Tax!

By: Friday June 29, 2012 12:39 pm

Roberts declared that the sole reason the individual mandate is constitutional is because it is a tax and Congress has the power to levee taxes.

Obama Didn’t Lose Today

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 5:10 pm

Taking a moment to look at the political implications from today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act I think the best that can be said is that President Obama didn’t lose. The Court did, for the most part, rule in his favor.

The Health Care Lose-Lose Scenario Facing Democrats

By: Friday June 22, 2012 9:49 am

With the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act only days away, I have tried to play out all the potential ways the Court could rule and what they would mean on a purely political level this election. As best as I can tell any Court decision is likely to be either a political wash for Democrats or a net loser. It is hard to make a case that any of the three most likely court decisions would really help Democrats or Obama this November.

The Incorrigibles

By: Sunday May 13, 2012 9:30 am

One of the things I like best about human beings is our persistent incorrigibility. Even when we don’t want to we often escape expert predictions of our behavior. Call it the human uncertainty principle. As soon as you know where we are you lose knowledge about where we’re headed and how fast we’re headed there. Or maybe you’ve guessed where we’re headed but you no longer know where we are.

ACA’s Much Touted Health Insurance Premium Review Is Basically Useless

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 10:00 am

In the Affordable Care Act the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was given the power to review health insurance premium increases, but it wasn’t given the power to actually do anything about unreasonable increases. HHS can only say an increase is “unreasonable,” but it has zero regulatory power to force the companies to change their premiums. Not surprisingly this totally toothless provision is now proving to be mostly worthless.

Scalia Is Actually Right About Cornhusker Kickback

By: Thursday March 29, 2012 8:30 am

David Weigal and Steve Benen, along with many others, chose to criticize Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for allegedly not knowing what was in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, because Scalia brought up the “Cornhusker Kickback.”

The Supreme Court and the ACA: Is Health Care Unique and Does it Matter?

By: Monday March 26, 2012 7:15 pm

One of the most important questions the Justices will likely bring up tomorrow in the deliberation about the individual mandate will be: Is health care — or heath insurance — actually unique? There is an argument that the constitutionality of the insurance mandate under the commerce clause hinges on some unique aspects of health care or health insurance. It it unique, and does this link actually matter?

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