Tag: Obamacare

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You have to understand Obama-speak to navigate this Age of Lies and Incompetence.  If Obama ends a pronouncement with “…period.” that is a negation of whatever came before.  It’s kind of like the old slang of verbalizing sacasm by appending “not” to the end of a statement.  But “…period” is especially popular with the Great […]

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End It, Don’t Mend It

 

Lie about healthcare once, shame on you; lie about it twice, shame on me.

Democrat office-seekers are trying to sidestep voter anger by promising to “fix” Obamacare. The first step to recovery is admitting there is a problem, but these Dem hopefuls are woefully unspecific about what the problem even is, let alone how they are going to repair it.

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I highly recommend following the Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review.  The author, Bob Laszewski, has a great deal of experience in healthcare policy and insurance and always provides thoughtful posts that don’t break down along partisan lines.  His most recent post is:   With the Elections Six Months Away Obamacare is Up for Grabs […]

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The State of Washington was one of the Blue states that built their own ObamaCare Exchange, and wholeheartedly expanded their Medicaid program (with the admittedly temporary increase in Federal funding). I recently read an article in my local Everett Herald newspaper, about a survey the legislature is contemplating, of state doctors about the effects of […]

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The Libertarian Podcast: “Is The ObamaCare Debate Over?”

 

After the recent announcement of ObamaCare’s enrollment numbers, President Obama crowed that the debate about repealing ObamaCare was over. The president clearly didn’t pay very close attention during his time at the University of Chicago, or he would’ve known that no debate is over when Richard Epstein is on the other side of it.

This week, Richard walks us through how to think about the enrollment numbers, explains what defects are likely to emerge as the program gets more fully implemented, and lays out his predictions for how ObamaCare could eventually come undone.

The Obamacare Debate is Far From Over

 

After the announcement that the Obama Administration had exceeded its targets for sign-ups for Obamacare, the President, engaging in premature triumphalism, announced that the debate over whether the law should be repealed is over.

He was astonishingly premature, as I explain in the latest installment of my weekly column for Defining Ideas:

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Her Obamacare coverage/compliance has failed New York resident and brain cancer patient Margaret Figueroa, 49. She’s lost her cancer doctors and access to the medication needed to treat her condition. What options are available to those like Margaret who are experiencing the very real prospect of ‘death by Obamacare’? Where is the medical care promised […]

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We Don’t Have to Repeal Obamacare to Eliminate It — Mike H

 

The American people are not going to be receptive to repeal of Obamacare because it sounds radical at this point. But that’s OK, because we don’t have to sell repeal in order to get elected and we don’t have to pass repeal in order to trivialize Obamacare.

We simply need to pass very reasonable sounding “fixes” that will have the effect of neutering the legislation while not disruptively altering the status quo.

Are We Morally Obligated to Follow Obamacare?

 

When people are defending a law they like from moral arguments against it, one common retort is that we are a nation of laws, which creates an obligation to follow laws even when we don’t like them — because we otherwise open ourselves up to anarchy and various other existential consequences.

Rarely do I hear people coming to the defense of a law they personally dislike with the same ferocity as those they feel meet their prefered ends.

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Weeks after 2.0 hit the web, Ricochet still suffers from glitches. Alerts are messed up. My last post took hours to appear. Formatting a simple comment is a mess. But these problems would be trivial if President Romney had not imposed the Ricochet Employer and Individual Mandates. Think about it. These bugs are a drag […]

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Yes, Mr. President, ObamaCare Does “Impact” Employers

 

The inaugural study from my new organization, the American Health Policy Institute, got a lot of play yesterday, in large part because the Drudge Report picked up Elizabeth Harrington’s good write up in the Washington Free Beacon. 

The study, the first-ever look at the internal cost estimates of the ACA from over 100 large employers, found that the costs to those employers over the next decade will be significant — and larger than many analysts have previously anticipated.  For example, the study found that:

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Please enjoy (if possible) my incoherent rambling as I attempt to find alternate-side parking in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. This will be a semi-regular, once or twice a week, podcast. Each episode will last approximately as long as it takes for me to find a new parking space, plus however long I feel […]

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Pride Goeth …

 

President Obama today, in Rose Garden remarks touting more than 7 million Americans signing up for healthcare during ObamCare’s open enrollment period:

I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better.  But the debate over repealing this law is over.  The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. 

What Happens When Obamacare Becomes Popular?

 

We now have a poll showing support for Obamacare.

Not a majority, just a plurality (though a solid 49%).  While you can quibble quite a bit with the methodology, the undeniable fact is that the numbers have shifted in this particular poll with this particular question, so it means something.

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Do you have a health insurance overhaul that’s falling short of its goals?  Are public approval ratings falling below 40%, 30% or even 25%?  Is your party facing the unpleasantly difficult midterm reelections?  Try this one weird trick to save your law, public opinion and your midterms!  Simply set a ridiculously low bar for success!  […]

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The Libertarian Podcast: Hobby Lobby, ObamaCare, and Religious Liberty

 

On this week’s installment of The Libertarian Podcast, I lead Professor Epstein through a discussion of the challenges to Obamacare’s contraception mandate currently before the Supreme Court. Is the right to religious liberty different (or non-existent) for corporations as opposed to individuals? Would allowing non-participation in the mandate create a slippery slope towards opt-out government? Is the Obama Administration’s case actually weakened by the fact that it’s already granted exemptions to explicitly religious organizations? Those are just a few of the questions Richard answers in this week’s episode