Obamacare

Obamacare: Who Could Have Seen This Coming?

Featured image Really, who could have seen this coming?  From today’s Wall Street Journal: ER Visits Rise Despite Health Law Health Act Isn’t Cutting Emergency Volume So Far; Government Says It’s Too Early to Draw Conclusions The only thing wrong with the main headline is its accuracy; it should of course read “ER Visits Rise Because of Health Law.”  Anyway: Early evidence suggests that emergency rooms have become busier since the Affordable »

Nunn-the-wiser

Featured image Scott noted yesterday that Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Georgia, says she does not — indeed, cannot — know whether she would have voted for Obamacare. This is an odd and unsatisfactory answer. Yet, it might well be true. Nunn would have voted as Harry Reid instructed her. And Nunn cannot know for sure whether Reid would have demanded her vote or given her a pass »

So Michelle Nunn says…

Featured image Michelle Nunn is the Democratic candidate for Senate in Georgia. Unfortunately, she appears to be a strong candidate. She uses her name to hide behind her positions on some key issues. We don’t yet know who the Republican nominee will be, but whoever he or she is, the candidate will be able to answer this question: Would you have supported the enactment of Obamacare? To Nunn the question (raised by »

The mutual lies of Obamacare

Featured image During last year’s budget negotiations, Senate and House Republicans warned that many Obamacare enrollees would provide false information about their income in order to obtain subsidies to which they are not entitled. In response, HHS Secretary Sebelius (remember her?) promised to put in place a system through which the government would thoroughly vet the salary information submitted by applicants for coverage. That promise was a predicate — or if you’re »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Reuters reports the filing of a notable Obamacare-related lawsuit against Blue Shield of California: Consumers who purchased new health plans from Blue Shield of California have sued the insurer, claiming they were misled into thinking the insurance would cover their desired doctors and hospitals. Reuters doesn’t bother to point out the similarity of the allegations against Blue Shield to Barack Obama’s incessantly repeated falsehoods promoting the enactment of Obamacare. But »

Down With Choice!

Featured image File this one under “Now they tell us.” The New York Times reports on narrowing options under Obamacare. Remember “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?” They were just kidding: In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — »

Spending spree: Obamacare edition

Featured image We haven’t begun to account for the gusher of federal spending attributable to Obamacare, Medicaid included. What a bloody mess of pottage. So when the mythical “Al Franken” — he who is incessantly sending fundraising email messages to “Hind” — begins his latest message, “When you think of the words ‘spending spree,’” I think of BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ROBOTIC SUPPORTERS LIKE YOU, PAL. By contrast, “Al Franken” purports to »

Publius on the administrative state

Featured image Numbers 47-51 of the Federalist Papers address the separation of powers. They lie at the center of the collected papers and they are important. Taken together, however, they are difficult; they present a challenge to our understanding. Bill Kristol contributed a superb essay on these particular numbers to Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and the American Founding, edited by Charles Kesler. I recommend it, but those numbers make good »

What we’ve got here…

Featured image John McCormack highlights this paragraph from the latest USA Today/Pew poll of registered voters: Views of ACA Little Changed. As other recent national polls have shown, including the April health care tracking survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the recent surge in signups for the new health care exchanges has had little impact on public opinion about the Affordable Care Act. In fact, the share disapproving of the law (55%) »

The courts will not save us

Featured image George Will seems to me the preeminent political columnist of our era, with the possible exception of Charles Krauthammer. Will and Krauthammer are in a league of their own. Both are conservatives, of course, and you have to wonder who the liberals can put up against them. Tom Friedman? Maureen Dowd? Paul Krugman? E.J. Dionne? I don’t know. I come to question Will, however, not to praise him. He has »

“We Get It Oregon—You People Live in a Cartoon”

Featured image John and I have written before here and here about the epic failure of Obamacare in Oregon, but we can’t hold a candle to John Oliver’s epic smackdown on his new HBO show last night (2:25 long—and a language warning): (If the sound is not working, try this direct link instead.) Did Oregon really run those cheesy ads?  Seriously? Reminder: If you live in Oregon, or like to support candidates »

The lies of Obamacare — bending the cost curve

Featured image One of the supposed benefits of Obamacare was that, somehow, it would “bend the cost curve” for health care cost — in other words, slow the rate of growth of these costs. Just how providing subsidized health care to millions would accomplish this feat was never clear. But the claim, nonetheless, was part of the sales pitch. The claim has persisted since Obamacare was enacted. Supporters note that lately health »

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare

Featured image President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly »

Move On? Not Just Yet

Featured image In his press conference yesterday, President Obama accused Republicans of being obsessed with Obamacare. He said the law is here to stay, and it is time to “move on.” This is silly on a number of levels, some of which Paul pointed out this morning. I want to add just one more. It is absurd for the Democrats to say that Obamacare is secure and we should stop talking about »

In the court of King Barry…

Featured image is where we seem to be with Obama’s declaration that the debate on Obamacare is over and he won. Is there a red-blooded American who doesn’t recoil at such talk? Someone in a position of authority really ought tell him to stuff it, someone like the citizenry ’round about election day this year. At the Weekly Standard, Jeffrey Anderson provides a useful reminder of what is important in this context: »

The lies of Obamacare: victory lap edition

Featured image President Obama says that 8 million people now have signed up for Obamacare. Apparently, the extension of the enrollment deadline helped boost the final figure to well in excess of the administration’s publicly declared target of 7 million. Obama also claimed that 35 percent of those who have signed up for Obamacare are younger than age 35. However, that number includes children. The key figure in terms of Obamacare’s viability »

The lies of Obamacare: Census Bureau edition

Featured image High among the list of Obamacare’s most embarrassing failures is the fact that it will not meet its stated purpose of reducing to a low level the number of Americans who lack health insurance. This goal was the justification for the massive disruption of the health care system that Obamacare has imposed. The millions and millions of Americans who will lose their health insurance plan and/or their doctors, and/or will »