Tagged Health Care Reform

More Problems with Obamacare, Which Supposedly No Longer Suffers from Any Problems Whatsoever

Despite the fact that we have been assured that any and all problems with Obamacare’s implementation are hereby a thing of the past, and that we were foolish to have ever thought otherwise, the fact of the matter is that problems with the health care system exist, and are growing. Evidence for this was cited in my previous blog post. And more evidence exists, courtesy of this article by Shikha Kalmia:

Obamacare Is Slowly Dying, and No One Should Be Surprised

For quite a while now, we have been assured that we as a nation are well past the early hiccups and rough patches that attended the implementation of Obamacare. From here on out, we have been promised relatively smooth sailing. Everything is fine, everyone is happy, there is nothing bad or unpleasant to see, and we can all move along. Or so we are regularly told by the president of the United States, his political allies, and fans of Obamacare in general.

The Supreme Court Bats .500. Legal and Political Analysis Follows.

The United States Supreme Court has come out with two major opinions, in as many days. The first concerned Barack Obama’s health care law, and featured a bad outcome based on poor reasoning. The second concerned the issue of same-sex marriage and featured a laudable outcome based on less-than-good reasoning.

Yet Another Problem with Healthcare.gov

It’s now working too well, at least in one respect: The government’s health insurance website is quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, The Associated Press has learned. The scope of what is disclosed or how it might be used was not immediately clear, but it can include age, income, ZIP code, whether a person smokes, and if a person is pregnant. It can include a computer’s Internet address, which can identify a person’s name or address when combined with other information collected by sophisticated online marketing…

Jonathan Gruber’s Disastrous Congressional Testimony

It was awful beyond imagining. Behold a snippet: This little political skirmish was Jonathan Gruber’s Little Bighorn moment in which he didn’t play the role of Sitting Bull. Gowdy owned the debate–and Gruber–not only because he is a much more skilled and adept verbal interlocutor than is Gruber (who desperately grasps for the saving power of talking points he repeats over and over again the way a drowning man would desperately grasp at the life preserver that is just . . . out . . . of . . . reach), but also because Gowdy had the truth and the…

When People Tell You that Problems with Obamacare Have Been Solved, Don’t Believe Them

Facts are stubborn things, and facts will not allow anyone to truthfully claim that all is well in the land of Obamacare: “If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance — this law will only make it more secure and more affordable,” President Obama promised in 2012. The fact that this wasn’t true would be our biggest disappointment. In November 2013, Jim [the writer’s husband–ed.] learned his small-business policy would be canceled because it didn’t comply with the new mandate to cover pediatric dentistry and maternity care. So…

Charles Schumer Commits a Kinsley Gaffe

And boy, what a Kinsley gaffe it is: Democrats made a strategic mistake by passing the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said Tuesday. Schumer says Democrats “blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in the 2008 elections, a Democratic landslide, by focusing on healthcare reform instead of legislation to boost the middle class. “After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus,” he said in a speech at the National Press Club. He said the plight…

Rebuking Crazy Talk on the Supreme Court

Remember Paul Krugman’s ridiculous comments regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in King v. Burwell? Justice Elena Kagan–no one’s idea of a right-wing jurist, of course–has something to say about them: Statements such as that of economics professor Paul Krugman’s argument in a New York Times column that the Court is corrupt, which was brought up by Eisgruber, are inaccurate, Kagan said. “That is just ridiculous language,” she said. Justices may agree or disagree, she said, yet they all fulfill their jobs in good faith. “I think [the Supreme Court] is an institution of government that really works,” Kagan…

The Latest Obamacare Outrage

Let’s say that you have an Obamacare plan. Let’s say that you like it. Let’s say that you want to keep it. Let’s say that open enrollment comes around, and you do nothing, because you think that you don’t have to–since everything is fine, and you have a plan, and you want to keep it, after all. See where I’m going here? Here’s a Friday Obamacare news-dump for you: In a 300-page regulatory proposal released late this afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is considering changing Obamacare’s auto-renewal rules so that, within the health law’s exchanges, instead of…

Health Care Sign-Up Inflation and the Obama Administration’s Continuing Credibility Problem

As scandals go, finding out that dental plans were incorrectly added to the sign-up numbers for Obamacare does not, by itself, amount to all that much. Maybe the reason that 380,000 dental subscribers were added to the total numbers was to push the numbers above the 7 million mark, but 6.7 million sign-ups would be nothing to sneeze at (of course, many of these people signed up for Obamacare because they got thrown off of their employers’ plans in a violation of the administration’s “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. Period.” policy, but that is another…