CBO Again Lowers Cost Estimates for Obamacare Coverage Provisions

By: Monday April 14, 2014 2:17 pm

Now that the Congressional Budget Office has some real enrollment numbers to work with they have again lowered the projected cost of Affordable Care Act coverage expansion provisions. They now assume these provisions will only cost $1,383 billion from 2015-2024. That is $104 billion less than their estimates from February of this year.

Democrats’ Best Hope Is That Obamacare Simply Becomes Boring

By: Friday April 11, 2014 3:25 pm

The Affordable Care Act was mainly just an expansion of our broken system. For better or worse it will have very little direct impact on the majority of Americans.

Contra Paul Krugman, Obamacare Is Not an Example of the 1 Percent Losing

By: Monday April 7, 2014 8:01 am

The ACA was at best a 1 percent vs 1 percent internal spat that resulted in some scraps falling off the table.

Moving to the Right Won’t Help Obamacare Politically

By: Friday April 4, 2014 8:40 am

Since Republican Congressional cooperation is hopeless, Democrats’ best chance of making the ACA popular is pushing changes to win over the left. They are at least potentially persuadable and a large enough group to get the law bare majority support.

Grading Obamacare on a Curve

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 1:12 pm

Take for example the great press and victory lap President Obama took yesterday for get just over 7 million signups on the exchange. If you take the long view on this one metric they deserve a grade of B-. After all before the website problems Kathleen Sebelius said success looked like “at least 7 million.”

Just barely crossing your minimum benchmark is an acceptable but not stellar performance.

The Language of Health: Medical Interpreters Bill Moves Forward

By: Monday March 31, 2014 6:30 pm

In California, a state where nearly seven million residents admit to speaking little or no English, having access to a professional interpreter can mean the difference between life and death in hospitals. With so many Californians at daily risk, a new bill would ensure that patients with limited English proficiency receive correct medical treatment.

The law, however, will come too late for Guillermo Garcia Rodriguez.

One Tweet Which Shows Why Obamacare Has Been a Hard Sell

By: Monday March 31, 2014 8:03 am

Because Democrats wanted to keep the CBO score pretty, didn’t want to directly pressure hospitals to end their absurd overcharges, refused to tackle how drug companies abused their patents, and insisted on using wasteful private insurer middlemen, the overpriced law doesn’t even provide defense against moderately serious health incidents for many.

Republican Bill Cassidy Ironically Makes the Perfect Argument for Single Payer

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 1:00 pm

I hope some Democrats ask Cassidy to co-sponsor a bill to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something much like Medicare.

What Are the “Fix It, Don’t Nix It” Democrats Planning to “Fix” in Obamacare?

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 1:55 pm

If Democrats are going to campaign on keeping but “fixing” Obamacare they need to actually start talking about improvements — but that requires being honest about its shortcomings. You can’t run on fixing something without an actual fix.

Koch Fib Files: The Apolitical Cancer Patient

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 5:53 pm

Remember the anti-Obamacare ad created by Karl Rove’s Koch-funded group “Americans for Prosperity” that featured a lady cancer patient who tried to make it sound like her health care costs were going up?

Well, it turns out that she’s actually going to save over $1000 a year because of Obamacare:

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