Obamacare’s Employer Mandate: Delayed

Avik Roy  has the scoop. The mandate was never popular, so one naturally senses politics being behind this decision. As Roy notes, the mandate might have driven up unemployment, so delaying it for a year might keep unemployment from becoming even more of an issue during the 2014 midterm election cycle. Additionally, as Roy points …

We Passed the Health Care Bill, and We Are Finding Out What’s In It

I just wish that we would find out about some good news. Alas, there is no good news today:Healthy consumers could see insurance rates double or even triple when they look for individual coverage under the federal health law later this year, while the premiums paid by sicker people are set to become more affordable, …

Bad News and Good News Regarding Obamacare

First the bad news: It may not work all that well. A top administration aide in charge of implementing Obamacare said on Tuesday that he would be "surprised" if it starts perfectly, the latest gloomy assessment of the massive revolution in how Americans get health insurance.Gary Cohen, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer …

We Passed Health Care Reform . . .

And now, we are finding out what is in it: Democrats continue to try to dismiss the evidence that Obamacare will dramatically increase the cost of insurance for people who buy it on their own. But on Thursday, the Ohio Department of Insurance announced  that, based on the rates submitted by insurers to date, the average individual-market health …

Is Obamacare Affordable?

There has been some celebrating on the port side ever since stories like this one came out, indicating that premium costs associated with the Affordable Care Act--Obamacare--are, well, affordable. We are to believe that [b]ased on the premiums that insurers have submitted for final regulatory approval, the majority of Californians buying coverage on the state's new …

We Passed Health Care Reform . . .

Now, we're finding out what's in it: Some employers are avoiding Obamacare penalties by offering “skinny” insurance plans that provide workers with minimum coverage like preventive care but little else, including benefits to help cover hospitals stays.The minimum coverage qualifies as acceptable under the new healthcare reform law, so benefit advisers and insurance brokers are …

For Fans of Obamacare, This News Qualifies as “Worrisome”

We've known for a while that a number of unions are not fans of the Affordable Care Act, but it likely sends a shudder up the spines of the president and those who staff his administration each time those unions make their feelings known:Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare.Months after the president’s …