Obamacare

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 »

Premium rates soar under Obamacare

Featured image Fox News reports on a recent survey of 148 insurance brokers which shows that Obamacare is sending premiums upwards at the fastest clip in decades. The survey, conducted by Morgan Stanley, shows an increase in premium costs nationally of about 12 percent. California experienced a 53 percent increase; in Florida the increase was 37 percent; Pennsylvania’s was 28 percent. According to Fox, analysts attribute the higher costs primarily to Obamacare: »

The Numbers Are In: Obamacare Causes Health Insurance Costs to Skyrocket

Featured image Morgan Stanley has reported on its quarterly survey of insurance brokers, and Scott Gottlieb of Forbes sums up the depressing findings: Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. … The average increases are in excess of 11% in the small group market and 12% in the individual market. Some states show »

Obamacare Steams Toward the Iceberg

Featured image There are several reasons why Michael Ramirez is America’s best editorial cartoonist. One is that he is an excellent artist. This drawing not only sums up brilliantly the absurdity of the Democrats’ claim of success for Obamacare–we have entrapped 7 million people in our lousy program!–it is also beautiful. Click to enlarge: »

This news from Florida made my day

Featured image Gov. Rick Scott has pulled at least even with rank opportunist Charlie Crist in the Florida gubernatorial race, according to a new Voter Survey Service poll commissioned by Sunshine State News. In 2010, VSS’s polling of the corresponding race came closest to matching the outcome, according to the Sunshine State News. Scott holds a narrow, and indeed statistically insignificant, 45-44 lead over Crist. However, Scott’s 49-42 lead among respondents who »

Voters Still Hate Obamacare

Featured image The Democrats hope that the supposed success of signing up 7 million Obamacare participants will blunt the potency of the issue in November. If this Rasmussen survey is any indication, however, they have a long way to go: Unfavorable opinions of the new national health care law are at their highest level in several months, while the number who think the quality of care in this country will get worse »

William Levin: Obamacare death throes updated

Featured image We’ve written a few times about Halbig v. Sebelius, a case challenging the Obama administration’s operation of Obamacare on the 36 federally facilitated exchanges established for states that declined to set up their own. William Levin, a graduate of Yale Law School and former clerk on the D.C. Circuit, manages an investment banking firm. He previously commented for us on the case here. Oral argument on the appeal pending before »

The Blackwood letter

Featured image Catherine Blackwood is counted as a success in the statistics touted by the Obama administration as it continues to peddle Obamacare. She has procured new Obamacare-compliant health insurance. Struggling with carcinoid cancer since 2005, Mrs. Blackwood treats her health insurance as a matter of life and death. But Mrs. Blackwood is in truth a walking illustration of the lies of Obamacare and of the destruction it has wrought. This past »