Tag Archive: Obamacare

Hoist By Their Own Petard

Let’s remember, for just a moment, how Obamacare was passed. It was cobbled together by a team of industry insiders to cater to all the special interests. It was then sent to Congress, where it would be honed and passed. But when Scott Brown won the election in Massachusetts, they suddenly did not have a filibuster-proof majority. So they rushed it through on a budget reconciliation. As a result, the bill contains a lot of … Read more

Dueling Obamacare Decisions

Obamacare is dead!

This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its much awaited opinion in Halbig v. Burwell. In a 2-1 opinion, the Court held that the Internal Revenue Service regulation authorizing tax credits in federal exchanges was invalid. Judge Griffith, writing for the court, concluded, “the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges ‘established by the State.”

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The Bill Comes Due

Remember all that talk about how Obamacare was going to save us all this money? Evil uncaring heretics like me pointed out that this was impossible. You can not insure more people and you can not outlaw cheap insurance without increasing healthcare costs. Romneycare saw costs soar after implementation because … funny story … when people have insurance they see the doctor more often. Even the dreaded ER visits went up.

But no, we just … Read more

Shifting the Numbers

We’ve gotten used to the numbers game this Administration plays with Obamacare. It was going to ensure thirty million. No twenty million. No ten million. We have seven million signed up! Well, they haven’t all paid. And five million previously had insurance. And insurance rates are going down! Well, they’re actually going up. And the number of uninsured is the lowest in five years! Well, that just brings us back to pre-recession levels — a … Read more

The Triumph of Obamacare

I think it’s time for us on the blog to finally admit that Obamacare has been a roaring success, far in excess of what even the most optimistic supporters projected. I mean, just check out the numbers:

  • At least six million people have signed up for insurance on the exchanges, close to the seven million Obama hoped for. Now granted, only two million of those were previously uninsured; the rest were people who were already
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    Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. This case concerns whether the federal government can force an employer to provide birth control to their employees. Hobby Lobby is claiming it violates their Freedom of Religion and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to force them to pay for a service they have a moral objection to.

    You can read some legal analysis from Mataconis and a series … Read more

    I Will Never Parody the White House Like They Parody Themselves

    Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.… Read more

    The Imperial Presidency, Reloaded

    Let’s imagine the following situation:

    In 2012, Mitt Romney wins the election. He tries to repeal Obamacare but the Democratic Senate won’t even take it up. He then tries to pass a bill reforming the law, but the Senate rejects him again. He then proceeds to, by executive order:

  • Delay the minimum requirements of the insurance policies until after the midterm election.
  • Change the date of compliance for the employer mandate and entertain the possibility
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    The CBO Is About to Get Droned

    That sound you heard was the White House trying to spin the CBO’s latest report on Obamacare.

    The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by more than two million in coming years, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday in the most detailed analysis of the law’s impact on jobs.

    After obtaining coverage through the health law, some workers may forgo employment, while others may reduce hours, according to a report by the

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    The Wrong Skew

    Well, it seems like Obamacare is finally working. Two million people are signed up, so obviously this is … oh:

    Now that more than 2 million people have signed up for private insurance plans created by President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, a crucial next check-up for the new marketplace will be to see how old customers are.

    Early data from a handful of state exchanges shows the administration needs more young adults to sign

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