While health care spending slowed across the board, you can see that private insurance was clearly the worst at controlling cost over the past decade. This is why President Obama’s stated goal of “bend the cost curve” seems so disconnected from his decision basing his entire law around greatly expanded private insurance.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 21, 2013 1:39 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 17, 2013 8:20 am|
Some on the left have placed the blame for the Affordable Care Act’s continuing unpopularity on the steady opposition of Republicans. While there is no doubt Republican tactics have hurt support for the law, this doesn’t change the fact that the Obama administration has always done a horrific job selling it.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 25, 2012 8:25 am|
President Obama’s State of the Union address gave us a sense of what the Obama campaign thinks are his strengths and weaknesses. The auto rescue and several foreign policy successes made up a huge part of the speech. But if you weren’t paying extremely close attention, you may have missed Obama’s few passing references to his signature health insurance law.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 15, 2011 1:32 pm|
Another problem for Romney-care. Even with an individual mandate private insurers in Massachusetts costs to consumers rise faster than public plans. How much more evidence do we need that single payer health care is the only affordable way to go?
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 16, 2011 4:15 pm|
The for-profit insurance companies have unnecessarily raised premiums and deductibles so much that regular people are unable to afford actually using the coverage they have. And, at the same time, the insurance companies have the chutzpah to use the fact that people can’t afford to use their insurance to justify even bigger premium hikes.
|By: Gregg Levine Friday March 26, 2010 8:00 pm|
We all have to appreciate honesty and transparency in this age of misdirection, obfuscation, and triangulation. So, let me rise and extend my compliments to Senator Max Sieben Baucus (D-MT), who, in the midst of a dewy-eyed tribute on the Senate floor, said just about all you need to know about the new health care reform law, and the 14-month fight to shape it.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 17, 2010 6:18 pm|
The greatest problem with the Senate health care bill is not that it does “too little” to help people. The problem is that the bill does too many terrible things to help all the bad actors.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 17, 2010 12:44 pm|
Why have we not yet seen a reconciliation bill with a final CBO score? It needs to be made public today if they want to have it online for 72 hours before a planned Saturday vote. The answer seems to be that they are having trouble putting together a reconciliation bill that the CBO will project as saving a sufficient amount of money.
There is, of course, a very easy solution to the House Democrats’ CBO trouble. They could add a public option or Medicare buy-in.
|By: Jon Walker Monday March 15, 2010 12:30 pm|
One thing that has been eating away at me throughout this whole health care debate is the incredible hypocrisy and role reversal of both political parties compared to the Medicare Part D debate. The basic, highly corrupt design of the Senate health care bill is the same as the highly corrupt design as the Medicare Part D program.
|By: Scarecrow Wednesday March 10, 2010 2:55 pm|
The White House and AHIP have a deal on health reform. I can’t see item on which the parties disagree. And if you look at what AHIP is saying in its protest adds, the basic message is: the deal is still on, and we want this bill to pass. Just stop blaming us.