1:20 PM, Mar 25, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Sarah Ferris writes, at The Hill, that:
Half of all households that received ObamaCare tax credits last year will likely owe money to the federal government, a new study found.
Nearly all families that received tax credits will either owe money or receive extra money because their tax filings had changed after they calculated their ObamaCare subsidies…
Only 4 percent of households received the correct subsidy, according to the report, which uses data from the national Survey of Income and Program Participation.
Also, there is some question as to how the Affordable Care Act squares with what President Obama calls “middle class economics.” Since:
People with the middle-level incomes were more likely to owe money — and to owe more.
Two hundred straight polls have found Obamacare to be unpopular.7:04 AM, Mar 23, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
It has now been five years since President Obama signed Obamacare into law — and more than two years and two months since any poll found it to be popular. The last time a poll found Obamacare to be popular was during Obama’s first term.
7:23 AM, Mar 20, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Given that Obamacare’s supporters like to take the Congressional Budget Office’s overly optimistic scoring of the president’s signature legislation as gospel, it’s fun to look at how poorly Obamacare is actually doing in relation to earlier CBO projections. When the Democrats rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2010 without a single Republican vote, the CBO said that the unpopular overhaul would lead to a net increase of 26 million people with health insurance by 2015 (15 million through Medicaid plus 13 million through the Obamacare exchanges minus 2 million who would otherwise have had private insurance but wouldn’t because of Obamacare).
10:05 AM, Mar 5, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who rode his opposition to Obamacare to a seat in the Senate, has introduced legislation that should help Republicans avoid turning a potential victory at the Supreme Court into a defeat for the cause of repeal. Sasse’s bill, introduced yesterday evening, is designed to keep Republican governors and state legislators from setting up state-based exchanges in the wak
9:34 AM, Mar 4, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Five years ago this month — on the night the Democrats passed Obamacare through the House without a single Republican vote — Paul Ryan proclaimed on the House floor, “This moment may mark a temporary conclusion of the health-care debate, but its place in history has not yet been decided. If this passes, the quest to reclaim the American idea is not over. The fight to reapply our founding principles is not finished. It is just a steeper hill to climb, and it is a climb that we will make!”
10:01 AM, Feb 28, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Over the past few days at CPAC, Sean Hannity has asked various prospective Republican presidential candidates to list their “top five agenda items.” Former governor Jeb Bush’s list did not include repealing Obamacare.
7:11 AM, Feb 27, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Usually when the Obama administration is discussing doctors and health issues, Obamacare is on the table. Thursday, however, the White House threw a curve by linking health to climate change.
12:09 PM, Feb 26, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Next Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether the Obama administration has been illegally providing taxpayer-funded subsidies in 36 states under the guise of implementing Obamacare, and there’s been much debate about what Congress should do if the Court rules that the administration’s actions have been lawless. A new McLaughlin & Associates poll, commissioned by
7:12 AM, Feb 26, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
The Obama administration in recent weeks has been trumpeting the number of signups for health insurance through the Obamacare marketplaces for 2015, but at least 90,000 consumers who had coverage last year are losing it.
10:34 AM, Feb 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Associated Press reports:
About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.
9:21 AM, Feb 15, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
In an effort to sign up as many consumers as possible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to partner with churches and other faith-based groups, even publishing sample church bulletin inserts, flyers, and scripts for announcements, as well as "talking points." These materials are part of the "
The BuzzFeed video.12:07 PM, Feb 12, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
BuzzFeed has released the video the website shot this week with President Obama, showing the commander in chief smiling for a selfie stick photo:
The left falsely portrays Obamacare while attacking Burr-Hatch-Upton.9:02 AM, Feb 9, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Huffington Post’s Jeffrey Young and Jonathan Cohn declare that “putting together a real Obamacare alternative will take more time — and more genuine interest — than Republicans have.” In truth, such Obamacare alternatives are already available to Republicans. These include the 2017 Project’s “Winning Alternative to Obamacare,” which helped Ed Gillespie almost pull off a huge upset victory in last year’s Virginia Senate race, and the newly released Burr-Hatch-Upton alternative, an updated version of last year’s Burr-Coburn-Hatch proposal.
4:38 PM, Feb 6, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In today’s Wall Street Journal, my friend Tevi Troy and Scott Gottlieb unwittingly demonstrate why King v. Burwell has always been a dangerous case for advocates of repeal. As they highlight, a favorable ruling at the Supreme Court may give Republicans just enough rope to hang themselves.