Medicare Eligibility Age Increases Particularly Levies Pain on Seniors of Color

By: Monday December 10, 2012 12:13 pm

Raising the Medicare eligibility age has been taken down a notch, as well it should. Apart from everything else – privatizing a known commodity that reduces health care costs more than comparable private insurance, making health insurance costs go up across the board – it’s quite regressive and hurts at-risk populations the most: Medicare eligibility [...]

The Pitfalls of Affordable Care Act Implementation

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 8:30 am

All of this will happen during 2014, a midterm election year, where Democrats will struggle to hold the Senate, while trying a heavy lift of adding 17 seats in the House. What if the dominant story becomes the failures of Obamacare? Certainly that narrative is already being written in some circles? The ACA already indirectly led to one nightmare election for Democrats, in 2010. Could it lead to another?

Taming the Rube Goldberg Beast That Is Obamacare

By: Monday November 12, 2012 1:09 pm

A couple posts by Sarah Kliff over at the Wonkblog franchise underline the monumental task of putting together a clumsy, interlocking, state/federal, public/private, amorphous glob of a tweak to the nation’s health care system. In fact, we’re in the midst of the Obamacare cliff, a drop-dead point where states must decide whether they want to [...]

Health Care Law Faces Sprint After Election

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 2:39 pm

One signature consequence, perhaps the leading consequence, of last night’s electoral victory for Democrats is that the implementation of Obamacare will now proceed unfettered. At least at the federal level. But as we’ve noted for many months, the law’s facility will rise or fall on the willingness of the states to carry it out. After [...]

“New Public Option” Not a Public Option

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 10:49 am

The need to offer a substitute to placate those desiring a public option created this Frankenstein monster, which was admittedly not well thought-out. Those who did it ended up with the worst of all possible worlds; no public option supporter really even knew about these multi-state plans, and they have the potential to disrupt the exchanges and cause a race to the bottom.

Health Care Visits Down, Health Care Spending Up

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 12:59 pm

A new report offers a puncture to the myth that American health spending springs from overtreatment. This theory goes that doctors prescribe too much medical care for various ailments, with the most expensive instrument in the doctor’s office being a pen. As a result, the cost of care rises to unsustainable levels. If we change [...]

Red-State Governors Offer Partial Expansion of Medicaid

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 12:20 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports today on the biggest non-Washington policy fight of the next few years, the bid to get states to accept the expansion of Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare gave states an opt-out for the Medicaid expansion, designed to provide 1/2 of the total coverage expansion in the law. So [...]

Anti-Romney SuperPAC Ad Actually Highlights Policy Ambiguity in Affordable Care Act

By: Friday August 10, 2012 11:00 am

Seeking a rebound, the Romney campaign has charged that a new ad from an Obama-supporting PAC, Priorities USA, contains misleading information and falsehoods. The ad features Joe Soptic, a steelworker at a company taken over by Bain Capital, who lost his job in the aftermath. Later, his wife succumbed to cancer, as the family did [...]

CBO: 6 Million Will Be Denied Coverage Through Medicaid Expansion, 3 Million Will Stay Uninsured

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 2:26 pm

From the moment that the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the Affordable Care Act, Democratic pundits by and large dismissed the threat that states, emboldened by the ability to reject the Medicaid expansion without losing access to federal funds for the existing program, would choose to opt out. “Eventually,” the punditry said, all [...]

Health Care Challenges Could Lock States Into Current Medicaid Spending

By: Friday July 20, 2012 11:40 am

It looks like the sloppy wording in the Affordable Care Act cuts both ways. We’ve been talking about the various challenges to the law arising out of drafting errors, in particular the vagaries of whether individuals seeking coverage on federally-run exchanges substitutes for state exchanges if the state refuses to implement one, can qualify for [...]

House Passes Health Care Repeal, Again

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 1:49 pm

The House succeeded in passing a repeal of the Affordable Care Act today, by a vote of 244-185. This is, according to House Republicans, the 33rd time they have repealed some or all of the law in the 112th Congress. Five Democrats voted with the majority Republicans to repeal the bill. All of them had [...]

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