What Is the Point of an Individual Mandate if You Don’t Talk About the Mandate?

By: 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.


No, the GOP Did Not Take a 50th Vote to Repeal Obamacare

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 10:05 am

I’m annoyed when a political messaging gains so much traction that many in the media start treating it as fact. A perfect example of this is how so many outlets are reporting that House Republicans just took their “50th vote to repeal Obamacare.” I’ve seen places including Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, Salon, Talking Points Memo, and NBC News call what happened yesterday a vote to “repeal or “gut” the law.

The Moral Absurdity of the Hardship Exemption

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 9:15 am

As part of my continuing series highlighting many design problems with the Affordable Care Act, I turn to the logically incoherent structure of the hardship exemption. This is less an actual design problem and more of a moral problem.

Obama Delays Individual Mandate for Some

By: Friday December 20, 2013 8:02 am

If you your old policy was cancelled and you can’t renew it, you’re eligible for a “hardship exemption” from the individual mandate. This means you will not be fined if you are uninsured. It also means you will have the option to buy a “catastrophic plan” if you want, but these plans don’t qualify for exchange tax credits.

Support for Obama and Obamacare Continues to Slide

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 8:50 am

There is some really bad news for President Obama in the latest ABC/Washington Post poll. His job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point ever in his presidency in their polling. Currently only 42 percent approve of how he is handling his job while 55 percent disapprove.

Administration Will Probably Delay Individual Mandate for a Few Months, Just Don’t Call it a Delay

By: Monday October 21, 2013 1:45 pm

At issue is the fact that open enrollment doesn’t end until March 31st but if you don’t sign up for insurance by February 15th you will be hit with the individual mandate penalty. This means you can sign up for insurance during the open enrollment period and still be penalized for not getting insurance soon enough.

This is an idiotic way to run the individual mandate.

Reminder: Obama’s 2008 Health Care Campaign Was Based on Active Deception

By: Monday September 23, 2013 10:21 am

A new Politico article provides more verification that the Obama 2008 campaign messaging around health care reform was based on lies and active deception.

It Is the Subsidies, Not the Individual Mandate, That Prevents an Insurance Death Spiral

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:00 pm

There is some good news out of New York. Insurance premiums on the state’s small individual market are expected to drop by 50 percent as a result of the Affordable Care Act. This happened because the New York’s tiny individual insurance market suffered from a quasi-death spiral since the state required guaranteed issue and community ratings but didn’t offer subsidies to help people buy insurance.

Obama Will Veto Bill to Make His Decision on the Employer Mandate Legal

By: 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:

Six Ways Obamacare Might Be Judged

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 11:10 am

At least some of the disagreement about how well Obamacare will turn out is actually not the result of individuals having vastly different predictions of what will happen, they simply have different ideas of what should constitute a success.

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