For six years running, I have taken advantage of the Thanksgiving Holiday to give out my awards for Turkey of the Year and Golden Drumsticks. The latter are for those who exemplify the best traits in our public sphere. The former are for those who exemplify silliness and stupidity. I rarely give them out to someone who is evil; they are reserved for those who regularly makes me shake my head and wonder what they’re … Read more
Tag Archive: Obamacare
After weeks of his minions saying that Obama didn’t really promise that we could keep our healthcare plans if we liked them, Obama kinda sorta apologized for … let him be clear … promising that if we liked our healthcare plans we could keep them.
Well– first of all, I meant what I said. And we worked hard to try to make sure that we implemented it properly. But obviously, we didn’t do enough– a
Oh, joy. To steal a line from Lewis Grizzard, and with apologies to my consultant friends, we’re bringing in God’s plague on mankind when locusts are out of season: consultants.
After a week of unrelentingly negative news coverage and consumer dissatisfaction with the healthcare.gov web site, the White House believes it has turned an important corner by identifying a date when the web site will be fixed.
Jeffrey Zients, whom President Obama named this
That was the gist of another great Conor Friersdorf Tweetdown last night:
Democrats mistake awfulness of GOP for evidence of their own wisdom, and so pursue foolish policies of their own. Everything is terrible.
— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) October 6, 2013
As I said the other day, the GOP seems to be floundering around finding something to make this shutdown about. Democrats, of course, interpret this to mean that they are political geniuses. They might … Read more
Let’s be clear about this: what Ted Cruz is doing — now going on it’s 20th hour — is not a filibuster. Under the rules of the Senate, the budget will come up for a vote this afternoon, the Democrats will almost certainly strip the defund language from the bill and send it back the House. I suspect that the Republicans will eventually find a face-saving way to give in: delay parts of the bill … Read more
I think I’ve made my contempt for Obamacare pretty clear. I’ve pointed out its deep flaws, its underestimated expenses, its dubious Constitutionality. In my more cynical moments, I wonder if its flaws aren’t the point: to make the system so much worse that people will demand socialized medicine. We’re already seeing employers shed insurance and rates go up. It’s been hitting me personally as my employer has had to raise insurance rates because of increasing … Read more
The Left is jumping up and down over a report that insurance rates will fall by 50% or more in New York thanks to Obamacare. So is this a huge triumph?
Um, not really. Sarah Kliff throws a little bit of cold water on that:
A headline about the health care law driving down premiums, by this level of magnitude, is a rarity. But it shouldn’t be shocking: New York has, for two decades now,
Apropos to Alex’s post below, the huge news in the last day is a study from Oregon that looked at the effects of expanding Medicaid. As McCardle points out, the study was done under near ideal circumstances. Oregon could not expand Medicaid to everyone who wanted it, so they created a lottery. Sociologists swooped in and recruited. The result was a study of 6000 people with Medicaid and almost 6000 without. One of the authors … Read more