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: WI Budget Project Wednesday September 3, 2014 7:09 pm|
|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.
|By: Dennis Trainor Jr Sunday April 20, 2014 5:20 pm|
Dennis Trainor talks with Dr. Jill Stein, President of the Green Shadow Cabinet about the recently published U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment on climate change. The findings, combined with the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community, paint a picture of humanity committing a collective genocide and ecocide. The end of civilization scenarios, once projected for your grandchildren’s grandchildren are now a reality for anyone ho plans to be alive in 2050.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 17, 2014 2:40 pm|
The truly bizarre thing is that if they used the actual numbers for total ACA spending by the end of this year, which is roughly around $50 billion, it still would make the law sound wasteful.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 17, 2014 1:41 pm|
Now that the official open enrollment closed last month and the extended quasi-open period ended a few days ago President Obama held a rare press conference to tout the final numbers for Obamacare this year. The big number is 8 million people have selected a plan on the new exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.
|By: Jon Walker 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.