Medicaid Works Well at Expanding Coverage

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 8:02 am

That should be the simple conclusion from this new Gallup data. They found that there was a noticeable drop in the uninsured in states that took part in the Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act – but a much slower drop in the states that did not.

Come Saturday Morning: January Economics Results and Medicare for All

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 6:45 am

Imagine how much more money all Americans could have if programs like Medicare and Medicaid applied to everyone. Well, you don’t have to imagine it — just look at places like Canada and Germany and the UK and France, places that unlike the US still have thriving middle classes.

What That Letter Should Have Said

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 3:55 pm

On Valentine’s Day, Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the President, authored by himself and signed by 15 other Senators, all Democrats. The letter was a response to the rumors that the President intends to include his Chained CPI proposal to cut Social Security benefits in the budget he will soon send to Congress.

Expanding Medicaid Increases ER Use

By: Friday January 3, 2014 8:01 am

If your goal is to promote quality of life and provide financial protection for regular people other studies have proven expanding Medicaid will do that very well.

Medicaid Expansion Going Well, Exchange Improved but Still Lagging

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 9:10 am

On the plus side the exchanges are working better and this is helping to increase the number of people selecting plans. Over 360,000 people selected a private insurance plan on one of the exchanges in the first two month, with 227,478 selecting plans on the state run exchanges and 137,204 selecting plans on the federal

“Separate but Equal” Shuts Down Women’s Health Care

By: Sunday December 1, 2013 5:20 pm

This week has a certain nostalgia for me. I am working the last four shifts in my home, Humboldt County. Nestled between pristine redwoods and dramatic cliffs overlooking the west coast of California, I want to stay here, but cannot. I am feeling the full force of the United States health care crisis. In the four years I have worked here eight of ten obstetricians in the southern half of the county have left, and now I find I am one of them.

Federal Exchange Sign Up Off to a Very Slow Start

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 7:36 am

Many old policies will be cancelled by January 1st and some people will have no choice but to use the exchanges or be left without coverage. The administration has had an exceptionally long grace period to fix this problem, but time is quickly running out.

Obama Points Out How Simple and Easy It Is to Expand Public Insurance

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 4:20 pm

While in Texas selling his health care law President Obama highlighted that it is really easy to just expand public insurance to cover the uninsured.

Expanding Public Health Insurance Is Really Quick and Easy

By: Friday October 18, 2013 10:20 am

This whole insane Affordable Care Act design was about needlessly leaving in place private middlemen, and that created yet another layer of extremely expensive and complex bureaucracy.

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