5:08 PM, Jan 5, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It may be the administration’s signature piece of legislation and the foundation upon which its legacy will be built, but there are plenty of people who are not happy with the Affordable Cave Act. For instance, there are the members of the faculty of Harvard University who, as Robert Pear of the New York Times reports:
... voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.
Then, there are the:
Thirty-six states that rely on private managed care programs to provide medical services to all or some of their Medicaid recipients [that] are facing an added ObamaCare tax.
As Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute reports:
… states that contract with Medicaid managed care plans face up to $15 billion in added costs over 10 years for their share of the law’s tax on private health insurance.
States will pay even if they strongly oppose ObamaCare and are refusing to establish health insurance exchanges or expand Medicaid.
And, then, there are those who are insured but with:
Coverage long considered the gold standard of health insurance [that] now often requires workers to pay so much out-of-pocket that many feel they must skip doctor visits, put off medical procedures, avoid filling prescriptions and ration pills — much as the uninsured have done.
The increase in deductibles coming as Laura Ungar and Jayne O’Donnell of USA Today report that while:
Many patients and doctors blame corporate greed — a view insurers and business leaders reject. Some employers in turn blame the Affordable Care Act, saying it has forced them to pare down generous plans so they don't have to pay a "Cadillac tax" on high-cost coverage in 2018.
Jul 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43 • By TERRY EASTLAND
On the topic of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the contraceptive mandate case decided on the last day of the recent Supreme Court term, the Democrats are fighting mad. They don’t like the decision. No, they despise it. Indeed, their rhetoric on Hobby Lobby has become so misleading, even strange, that the fact checkers at the Washington Post have felt compelled to call them to task, reminding the Democrats, among other things, that the decision does not outlaw contraceptives, and it does not allow bosses to prevent women from seeking birth control.
May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
It's a question often asked these days in conservative circles: Do you really think Obamacare can be repealed? Usually uttered behind closed doors, the question reveals both an un-Reagan-like pessimism and something of a disconnect from political reality.
How Obamacare pays off insurers.May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33 • By JAY COST and JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
When the government provides medical care, it normally delegates the task. Under Medicare, Washington doesn’t employ doctors, nurses, and hospitals to treat the elderly. It has to coax them to participate. Similarly, Obamacare functions only if big insurance companies are willing to play ball with big government. Those driven by the profit motive must be won over by those driven by the power motive.
7:01 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Despite the Obama administration's insistence that everyone -- the government, insurance companies, doctors, medical providers, and consumers -- will reap benefits from Obamacare, a recent grant proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) suggests that the agency does have concerns about the ongoing financial viabil
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:25 PM, Feb 12, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with executive editor Terry Eastland on whether the courts will weigh in against President Obama's tendency to change the rules without the input of Congress.
The grades are bad so far—and likely to get worse Feb 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22 • By CHRISTOPHER J. CONOVER
Perhaps the most unpleasant aspect of my otherwise quite enjoyable job as a college professor has been the requirement to assign grades to students. Given that we’re now about halfway through implementation of the Affordable Care Act—which even President Obama is happy to call “Obamacare”—it seems appropriate to assign midterm grades.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:20 PM, Jan 23, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with executive editor Fred Barnes on Obamacare and how it will impact the midterm elections in November.
Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA and YUVAL LEVIN
Obamacare is no longer a theoretical proposition. It is now being implemented, if with some notable exceptions for the portions of the law the Obama administration finds particularly inconvenient. Millions of Americans are experiencing its consequences directly, and millions more are forming their opinions of it based on what they are hearing of its effects. Those opinions are generally not positive. The fact that many of the law’s congressional supporters are now running scared for fear of voter backlash is a good indication of how poorly the rollout is going.
Hosted by Michael Graham.10:19 AM, Dec 24, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with James Capretta from the Ethics and Public Policy Center on all the last minute changes to Obamacare and what that spells for the law's future.
9:00 AM, Dec 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On a recent trip to Miami, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted that, yes, some people will be paying more for health insurance under Obamacare:
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:05 PM, Dec 4, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on Obamacare and why more speeches by the president will not save it.
It works for us.Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By FRED BAUER
Over the spring and summer of 2013, perhaps still sunning in his November 2012 victory and ideologically extrapolating from this win, President Obama attempted to press the case that skeptics about federal power were outré paranoiacs.
The deceptions and disasters of ObamacareOct 21, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 07 • By CHRISTOPHER J. CONOVER
Breaking Bad is the story of a seemingly well-intended but very misguided man who turned to cooking meth in order to amass enough wealth to provide for his family once he dies of cancer. The consequences of that unfortunate decision—not to mention the lies and deceptions to keep it on track—pyramid alarmingly over the course of five seasons, culminating in mayhem and a head-spinning body count.