9:54 AM, Dec 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Prominent Democrats have been lining up to rue the day when they went all in on the Affordable Care Act. First, Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer said it was bad politics from the get-go. No votes in it. Then, Senator Harry Reid, who will be losing the title “majority leader” and the various emoluments that go with it in a couple of weeks, lamented the roll-out. If the bureaucrats had handled that one right, then the Democrats might have held on to their majority.
Now, the leader of those bureaucrats and, thus, the person responsible (notionally) for the roll-out, Kathleen Sebelius, says that its a branding problem. The name by which most people know the bill – “Obamacare” – has become toxic.
“Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot of paid advertising, and I think we may need to call it something in the future different, but it’s working,” she said at an event hosted by Politico.
So what should it be called. Maybe Dr. Gruber has some suggestions.
3:23 PM, Dec 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs announced the introduction of legislation today to prevent foreign diplomats from receiving Obamacare.
7:01 AM, Dec 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
There's more Obamacare bashing from the political left today. This time it's from outgoing Senate majority leader Harry Reid.
As he tells a New York Times reporter:
7:24 AM, Dec 9, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Along with the primary goal of expanding the availability of health insurance, the Affordable Care Act aims to make the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) universal. This plan actually began with the 2009 stimulus (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), which included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
Awarded $1.8 million emergency contract to Verizon less than four weeks before open enrollment9:08 AM, Dec 2, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Less than four weeks before the launch of 2015 open enrollment for Obamacare, the government agency that runs Healthcare.gov suddenly realized the Marketplace site was heading for a repeat of last year's debacle.
Dems in disarray.8:31 AM, Nov 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
New York senator Chuck Schumer criticized President Obama's passage of Obamacare. It "made no political sense," Schumer complained yesterday at the National Press Club. “Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them.”
4:05 PM, Nov 25, 2014 • By DEVORAH GOLDMAN and IKE BRANNON
In 2005, the King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, which served primarily low-income African American and Latino patients, closed its trauma unit. In 2001, D.C. General Hospital, the only public medical facility in the nation’s capital, closed its doors after nearly 200 years.
Obamacare's "Cadillac tax" is almost totally unrelated to previous GOP health care proposals.3:37 PM, Nov 18, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Last week, yet another damaging video emerged of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber talking about Obamacare's "Cadillac tax." The health care law assesses a hefty 40 percent tax on costly, so-called "Cadillac" insurance plans exceeding $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family. However, Obamacare is structured such that the Cadillac tax is pinned to CPI inflation rather than medical inflation. Since the latter is much higher, over time the Cadillac tax would end up being a big tax hike on the middle class. Now economists on both sides of the aisle have argued that the tax exemption for employer-provided health insurance leads to inefficiencies and distortions, but that doesn't excuse how Gruber and Obama dealt with this issue.
10:17 AM, Nov 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Lucy McCalmont at Politico writes that
"Support for Obamacare continues to decline, with the law hitting a new low in approval, and a new high in disapproval, as the second enrollment period has opened for Americans, according to Gallup.
7:10 AM, Nov 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
New and returning customers to Healthcare.gov this year will have one less option if they run into difficulties.
12:17 PM, Nov 16, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Two well-placed sources on Capitol Hill say that the Congressional Budget Office effectively used Jonathan Gruber’s model to score Obamacare. That model favors government mandates over market competition and claims that essentially the only way to achieve a large reduction in the number of uninsured Americans is to impose an Obamacare-like individual mandate. Moreover, because the model that the CBO used in scoring Obamacare is the same one it uses today, any alternative to Obamacare that doesn’t include an individual mandate — which is to say, any conservative alternative — wou
3:42 PM, Nov 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The White House is incensed, mad enough to spit, and angry as a mashed cat at Jonathan Gruber for saying that the Affordable Care Act had to be sold to the “stupid” electorate by deceptive means. It seems that once the bill was passed and signed into law Mr. Gruber couldn’t stop talking about how his team had put one over on the rubes, sounding at times like any ordinary flim flam man.