How Would a Progressive Fix Obamacare?

By: Monday November 18, 2013 9:52 am

If I’m asked to simply improve the law, the task become more complicated since you are working from such a stupid foundation. There are, though, six big changes I think would make it noticeably better:

Rate Shock Was a Policy Choice Made by Democrats

By: Friday November 15, 2013 1:19 pm

If Democrats had passed drug re-importation, a public option, all-payer for exchange plans, early Medicare buy-in, etc… they could have driven down the actual cost of health care by hundreds of billions of dollars.

Buying Insurance Is Complicated, That Is Why I Wanted at Least a Public Option

By: Friday November 15, 2013 9:25 am

ACA was supposed to be both a benchmark and a guarantee of at least one not terrible option. Now people just face a very confusing mess on the exchanges, and it is beyond frustrating that Obama only actually figured this out a few days ago.

CBO Reminder: Public Option Would Significantly Reduce Premiums and the Deficit

By: Friday November 15, 2013 7:35 am

The reason a public option would be so effective at reducing the deficit is that it would significantly lower premiums for millions of regular Americans and businesses. This would, in turn, reduce the amount of subsidies the government would need to spend to make insurance “affordable.”

Public Option Revisionist History

By: Monday November 11, 2013 8:40 am

Conservatives tried their best to kill the public option but they really deserve almost no credit for its demise. The public option was murdered by President Obama, in the backroom, with secret industry deals and the help of his close personal friend Sen. Joe Lieberman.

President Obama Apologizes for Misleading Americans on Obamacare

By: Friday November 8, 2013 7:40 am

The debate over whether or not President Obama promised no one would lose their health insurance coverage under Obamacare seemed to reach resolution yesterday when President Obama apologized for misleading the American public. Obama reiterated his commitment to fix problems caused by the implementation of Obamacare.

Obama’s Credibility Problem

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 12:15 pm

The basis of Obama’s legislative tactics has been to be too clever by half. Instead of directly going out stating his preferred position and accepting/rejecting whatever compromise could be reached, Obama seems to have always thought he could get more through subterfuge.

An Exchange Without Any Plans: If Only There Was a Public Option, Part 2,134

By: Tuesday July 2, 2013 8:30 am

Apparently, there is something worse than a new health insurance marketplace with only one plan and zero competition. It is an exchange without any plans on it at all. It looks like that will be the reality in much of Mississippi. From Kaiser Health News:

The Public Option “Alternatives” Are Proving to be Mostly Worthless

By: Monday June 24, 2013 9:55 am

When Democrats killed the public option several attempts were made to create face saving “alternatives.” Two actual made it into the Affordable Care Act, the CO-OP provision and “multi-state plans” overseen by the Office of Personal Management. As the law is set to be implemented it is growing abundantly clear neither will provide much benefit.

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