Obamacare

Grubinations, White House edition

Featured image Is Jonathan Gruber more obnoxious than shameless? It’s hard to tell. Both qualities have made him a fitting spokesman for Obamacare; he gives us perfection in the art. His is the appropriate face of the the Democratic Party in the Age of Obama. The Obama White House naturally found Gruber a useful spokesman on behalf of the purported virtues of Obamacare. Like Obama himself, he would say anything on its »

William Levin: The road to repeal

Featured image William Levin is a graduate of Yale Law School. He writes to comment on the Obamacare case pending before the Supreme Court. He argues that “the road to Obamacare repeal runs through through King v. Burwell.” His column makes assumptions that are subject to reasonable argument, such as Chief Justice Roberts’s ultimate position in the current case and the soundness of the Chief Justice’s position in what he calls Obamacare »

Gruber #4

Featured image Another Jonathan Gruber video has emerged. I think this is number four, but who’s counting? Gruber is, of course, the gift that keeps on giving, but seriously–what is it with this guy? Apparently he was incapable of giving a speech without blurting out something inappropriate about Obamacare. Too bad no one noticed until now. This time, Gruber says something truly controversial. He claims that Barack Obama is “not stupid.” That’s »

Gruber? Gruber? Who’s Gruber?

Featured image The main source of hilarity on Twitter this morning was Nancy Pelosi’s denial of any knowledge of Jonathan Gruber. Asked about Gruber at her weekly press briefing, Pelosi said: “I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.” It didn’t take the Daily Caller long to turn up the fact that when she was House Speaker, Pelosi’s own web site touted Gruber’s analysis of the ACA. Click »

The Gruber variations

Featured image The Gruber videos — I wrote about the first one here, Paul wrote about the one relevant to this post here, Jeff Dunetz wrote about the most recent one here — will undoubtedly fail to receive the attention they deserve, and therefore may not sink in with the public as they should. I wonder if any conservative groups should take the trouble to draw attention to it (them). A reader »

It’s Not Just Dumb, It’s Krugman Dumb!

Featured image We have written here and elsewhere about the King v. Burwell case, in which a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Affordable Care Act allows the federal government to subsidize participants in the federal Obamacare exchange as well as the state exchanges. In Halbig v. Burwell, decided at the same time as King, a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals went the other »

Administration’s Latest Obamacare Report Is Underwhelming

Featured image The Obama administration has tried to put the best face on Obamacare, touting statistics about how many people have signed up for the program. Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services issued a report that projects ACA enrollments on the individual exchanges in 2015. Many news outlets have reported that HHS scales down the enrollment estimate that the Congressional Budget Office produced in April. This is true, but it »

Gruber strikes again

Featured image Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who was a key architect of Obamacare, may also be a central figure in the court battle over whether Obamacare subsidies are allowed for participants in the federal health insurance exchange. That’s because, as noted here, Gruber has provided the rationale for the statutory language that bars such subsidies. He thus undermines Team Obama’s argument that the statutory language can’t possibly mean what it says. »

How will the Supreme Court rule in the latest Obamacare challenge?

Featured image As Steve has noted, the Supreme Court will review the Fourth Circuit’s decision in King v. Burwell. That decision holds that the provision of Obamacare authorizing tax credits for insurance purchased on an exchange “established by the State under section 1311” also authorizes tax credits for insurance purchased on an exchange established by the federal government. It seems clear that four Justices are prepared to reverse the Fourth Circuit and »

Breaking: Supreme Court to Take Up Another Obamacare Challenge

Featured image As Paul discussed at the time, the DC Circuit Court’s Halbig ruling striking down Obamacare’s state subsidies would be unlikely to survive an en banc rehearing with all of the new judges that Harry Reid enabled Obama to appoint.  And the 4th Circuit upheld the state subsidies in a separate case. But this afternoon the Supreme Court announced that it won’t wait for the DC Circuit’s rehearing, and will take up an »

A word from Michael Rogers

Featured image Michael Rogers is the author of the message in the adjacent post. I wrote him to ask if I could have his permission to identify him by name. He has not only acceded, for purposes of identification he has provided his professional affiliations with Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital, where he is assistant professor of surgery and a research associate in the vascular biology program, respectively. Dr. Rogers (the “doctor” »

Obama’s pre-election Obamacare shell game

Featured image The other day, President Obama claimed that Republicans are talking less about Obamacare on the campaign trail, now that “it’s working pretty well in the real world.” Obama’s assertion turns out to be false. Obamacare is front-and-center as a campaign issue throughout the nation. Republicans would talk about Obamacare even more if the Obama administration stopped preventing disclosure of its shortcomings by gagging insurance companies and hiding information. Robert Laszewski, »

Obamacare premiums rise steeply in Louisiana and Iowa

Featured image State regulators approved significant premium hikes on the Louisiana and Iowa Obamacare exchanges this week. Sarah Hurtubise of the Daily Caller reports that premiums will rise by double-digits in both states. This is bad news, I assume, for Mary Landrieu and Bruce Braley, the struggling Democratic Senate candidates in the two states. In Louisiana, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, the exchange’s largest insurer, is hiking prices between 18.3 percent »

Report: Producer of anti-Obamcare video being audited by IRS

Featured image Logan Clements is the producer of a film called “Sick and Sicker: ObamaCare Canadian Style.” He says that the IRS is auditing him, and that he had no issues with IRS before he made his movie. A month ago, Breitbart News announced that the IRS is auditing it. Breitbart News is, of course, consistently critical of the Obama administration. Coincidences? Clements thinks not. He explains why in this video: Clements »

Obama is wrong: Republican candidates are talking plenty about Obamacare

Featured image In a recent speech at Northwestern University, President Obama claimed that fewer Republicans are running against Obamacare because “while good, affordable health care might seem to be a fanged threat to freedom on Fox News, it turns out it’s working pretty well in the real world.” But are Republican candidates actually backing away from criticizing Obamacare? Not in the real world. Check out the websites of GOP candidates in key »

Another Round of Obamacare Cancellations

Featured image A year ago, a panicked Obama administration sent letters to the state insurance commissioners urging them to allow individual health care plans that were illegal under Obamacare to be extended for another year. We wrote about the ploy, which was intended to defuse the outrage that was then building against the “Affordable” Care Act, here and elsewhere. A year has come and gone, and the Washington Post reports that cancellation »

Federal district court rules against Obamacare subsidies on federal exchange

Featured image A federal district court in Oklahoma has ruled that the Obamacare statute means what it says: subsidies may not granted to people obtaining their health insurance through the federal exchange. In Pruitt v. Burwell, Judge Ronald White of the Eastern District of Oklahoma followed the reasoning of the panel in Halbig v. Sebelius, a ruling that the full D.C. Circuit, having been packed by the Democrats, recently vacated. The Oklahoma »