28 Nov 2014

Increasing Number of Americans Are Putting Off Seeking Health Care

If you really want to understand why the Affordable Care Act hasn’t gotten more popular you should look at this graph. The number of Americans who say they have put off medical treatment continues to rise even after the ACA’s coverage expansion was implemented. From Gallup: The “Affordable” law was

26 Nov 2014

No, the ACA Hasn’t Ended Medical Bankruptcy

I find Brian Beutler’s criticism of claims made by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about health care reform in 2009 to be emblematic of why Democrats and liberals have not been able to sell the ACA to the public.

26 Nov 2014

The ACA Exchanges Can Be Fixed, But They Were Meant To Be Broken

The serious problems surrounding auto-enrollment in the new Affordable Care Act exchanges are just starting to get real attention. The problem isn’t a lack of good solutions though. The real problem is that the exchanges weren’t intended to work well for regular people. The fundamental problem with insurance exchanges is regular

25 Nov 2014

House GOP Has Plans to Avoid Fight With Obama for Now

The lame duck Congress has only one thing they need to before they can take the rest of the year off, fund the government. It looks like the Republican leadership may have found a way to do their job while avoiding a protracted fight with President Obama. From Politico: The

25 Nov 2014

What Is the Point of an Individual Mandate if You Don’t Talk About the Mandate?

I found this suggestion to move the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period to the middle of tax season to be very interesting in light of how the outreach operations are being run during this second open enrollment period. From Washington Post: Some Affordable Care Act advocates and tax preparers

24 Nov 2014

The Perverse Way More Exchange Competition Could Leave Some People Worse Off

The goal of the Affordable Care Act exchanges was to encourage competition among private insurers, but ironically attracting more competition could leave many people the exchanges were designed to help the worst off. To understand why you need to know a few things about the structure of the law, the

24 Nov 2014

Americans’ Weird Belief Their Country Is Becoming a Lawless Hellscape

One of the strangest phenomenons for me is how a clearly majority of the country still thinks crime is getting worse even though it has been on strong downward trajectory for the past two decades. From Gallup: If crime is really worse than last year and last year was worse

21 Nov 2014

The Nuclear Option Catch-22 for Republicans

Some Senate Republicans are entertaining the idea of bring back the filibuster for executive nominees, according to the Huffington Post. The problem is there is no way for Republicans to undo the Democrats’ rule change without validating what Democrats did. I strongly suspect Senate Republicans won’t be able to find

21 Nov 2014

House Republicans Finally File Suit Against President Obama

The long promised House Republican’s lawsuit against the Obama administration based on his executive action related to health care is finally here. From the New York Times: The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay

21 Nov 2014

The Importance of Not Being Quiet

Last night President Obama did the right thing and will help millions of people in this country. It was a big day for immigration reform groups and a powerful vindication of an aggressive form of activism. I’ve repeatedly heard activist groups told to be quiet, not rock the boat, just