Democrats should stop reflexively defending the law and start talking about bold changes to make it significantly better. Just defending it is not working.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 13, 2014 8:05 am|
When voters in the middle of one of the worst downturns in decades say they want their leaders to “focus on the economy,” they mean the immediate economy. They needed help with their underwater mortgages that month. They needed immediate relief to help pay their bills and find new jobs.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 27, 2014 3:32 pm|
Judging Obamacare by the promise made by Obama, the grade it deserves after a year is “not exactly.” There was a lot of over-promising and under-delivering. I think this is how many people are grading the law, which is probably part of the reason that after a year the law is still unpopular.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 8, 2014 8:05 am|
America’s largest employer, Walmart, has announced that it will no longer be providing benefits for many of its part-time employees. According to the Associated Press, Walmart will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week starting January 1st, 2015. The workers will be forced to find other means of insurance and given Walmart’s terrible wages many of those workers will likely find themselves on public assistance.
|By: WI Budget Project Wednesday September 3, 2014 7:09 pm|
In the Wisconsin debate about whether to accept federal funding for expanding BadgerCare, there has been little attention paid to a significant inconsistency used in the arguments made by many opponents of using those funds. They contend that it would be risky to pay for newly-eligible childless adults with the increased federal Medicaid funds set aside by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for that purpose; however, their alternative plan (which is much more expensive for state taxpayers) relies on another source of ACA funds.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 19, 2014 5:18 pm|
Over at Bloomberg Heidi Przybyla crunched the numbers and found the frequency of anti-Obamacare campaign ads is down noticeably from a few months ago in key Senate races like North Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana.
|By: Peterr Saturday June 28, 2014 9:32 am|
Next week, SCOTUS is expected to rule on the Hobby Lobby case, challenging the requirement that private employers that provide insurance to their employees must include contraceptives in the list of services covered with no co-pay. While legal scholars have been watching to see how this decision plays out, women have been taking action, demonstrating their desire to control their own reproductive lives. HHS just released a report showing a very positive picture of women using the provisions of ACA to deal with their reproductive choices, and Erica Hellerstein at The Atlantic painted a more disturbing picture of an underground DIY approach as safe and legal access to abortion is limited or eliminated.
One way or another, women will make their own decisions.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 13, 2014 1:38 pm|
I think the best way to understand the seeming contradiction in polling which both shows very low approval for the Affordable Care Act yet very low support for its repeal is to think of it like a tonsillectomy.
Imagine our entire health care system as a body, and back in 2010 Democrats decided the best treatment for persistent throat infections (the uninsured and a broken insurance market) was to undergo surgery to remove the tonsils.
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 12, 2014 3:05 pm|
There seems to be an active campaign among defenders of the Affordable Care Act to promote the idea the law is only unpopular because people have been tricked into not liking the term “Obamacare.”
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 24, 2014 6:10 pm|
There is a modest group of losers because of Obama’s broken promise. It is nowhere near as large as Republicans have been claiming it is.