Tag Archive: Obamacare

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 … Read more
  • 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 … Read more
  • 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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    Putting The Obama in Obamacare

    One of the things we’ve touched on occasionally how Barack Obama has been unilaterally rewriting parts of the Obamacare as problems emerge. On Friday, we had the most blatant example yet:

    The Obama administration, in an 11th-hour change, announced significant exemptions for people who recently lost their insurance coverage and are struggling to get a new plan — drawing immediate criticism from the insurance industry and Republican lawmakers.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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    Turkeys and Drumsticks 2013

    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

    Obama’s Non-Apology Apology

    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

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