Obamacare

One thing red state voters don’t like about Obamacare is that it sucks

One thing red state voters don’t like about Obamacare is that it sucks:

It is absurd that someone whose income is 130% of the poverty line can go to a doctor but someone whose income is 140% (or 150%, 160%, etc.) of the poverty line cannot. Yet that is the reality the design of Obamacare has created. This design generates enormous resentment because it is actually bullshit that making a little more money makes health care unaffordable.

Why did people who are on Obamacare vote against Obamacare? Maybe because Trump promised them something better and Hillary promised them more Obamacare.

Paul Krugman: 5.5 million Trump voters could lose health care — because they voted for him

Paul Krugman: 5.5 million Trump voters could lose health care — because they voted for him:

As Krugman notes, 6 million non-Hispanic whites gained insurance between 2013 and 2015; considering 66 percent of white people without a college degree (and therefore likely uninsured before Obamacare) voted for Trump, Krugman reasons at least 3.96 million non-college educated Trump voters will lose their insurance.

Sure you’ll lose your healthcare, but think of the tax cuts coastal elites will get.

Mitt Romney Admits Obamacare Was Based on Romneycare—and That It Worked

Mitt Romney Admits Obamacare Was Based on Romneycare—and That It Worked:

At some point Obamacare is doomed talk will start being treated as conspiracy theory and GOP will demand that it be called the ACA act and argue that Obama actually had very little to do with the ACA and it works because it’s actually very conservative. No one reversing their position will be called out on it. And we will see people with Keep government out of my ACA signs.

Obamacare implementation went great and people love it

Obamacare implementation went great and people love it:

None of this proves that the Affordable Care Act is a good law or that conservatives should love it. But it does prove that the Affordable Care Act is working just fine. When an initiative comes in ahead of schedule and below-cost, that’s called working. And the people on the new Obamacare plans are using them and they like them.

We are two decades away from people holding up signs demanding the government keep out of their Obamacare.

Libertarian Accidentally Shows Obamacare Success

Libertarian Accidentally Shows Obamacare Success:

While some of his points have validity, it’s fair to say that the broader narrative conveyed by his work, which certainly lies on the sophisticated end of the anti-Obamacare industry, has utterly failed to prepare his libertarian readers for the possibility that the hated health-care law will actually work more or less as intended.

The better it works, the more likely they will start calling it Romenycare and insist that it works because of capitalism and markets, not government.

That’s the way they square their cognitive bias with reality.

Southerners Don’t Like Obamacare. They Also Don’t Want to Repeal It.

Southerners Don’t Like Obamacare. They Also Don’t Want to Repeal It.:

Despite strong dislike of President Obama’s handling of health care, a majority of people in three Southern states – Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina – would rather that Congress improve his signature health care law than repeal and replace it, according to a New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

I can’t wait until i start reading about red states where they want government to stay out of their obama-care.

Koch Group Abandons Obamacare 'Horror' Stories After Fact-Check Backlash

Koch Group Abandons Obamacare 'Horror' Stories After Fact-Check Backlash:

But what’s notable about the ads is what they aren’t: A personalized story of someone who’s been negatively affected by Obamacare, the kind of verifiable set of facts that can be checked — and rebutted, as happened with a recent AFP ad that led to significant backlash from the fact-checking community.

The facts have a liberal bias….so lets base our opinions on something other than facts. Wonderful.

Woman with cancer refuses life saving Obamacare coverage.

Woman with cancer refuses life saving Obamacare coverage.:

When advised of the details of her Blues’ plan, Boonstra said the idea that it would be cheaper “can’t be true.” “I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said.

It represents a kind of final victory for mean-spirited and uncharitable propaganda over reality, a triumph for misinformation, sabotage, and arrant bullshit in the service of a cruel ideology and faceless oligarchy. It is a measure of the failure of all of our institutions, which definitely includes my own, which allowed charlatans and frauds to hijack too much of the public debate. I pray for this woman’s recovery.

This is just sad. She has so totally bought the right wing propaganda that she is choosing to die for a falsehood rather than live and admit she was lied to.

CNN:GOP obstruction of Obamacare is closing hospitals

CNN:GOP obstruction of Obamacare is closing hospitals:

In Georgia, as many as 15 more rural hospitals may close “within months” and in Tennessee, which is putting off a decision on expanding Medicaid, almost half of the 61 rural hospitals in the state might face “major cuts or closure.” This is a direct — and disastrous — consequence of Republicans’ ideological opposition to Obamacare.

There are a bunch of problems with the article, notably that rural hospitals have been closing for years before Obamacare so this might be not that related. But its worth a read.

Where is the Outrage over Employer-Sponsored Coverage in the “Rate Shock” Debate?

Where is the Outrage over Employer-Sponsored Coverage in the “Rate Shock” Debate?:

McIntyre by way of Thoma:

Some 90% of people with private insurance receive it through an employer, and those plans are generally priced using “pure” experience-rating. This means the company serves as one giant risk pool, and a firm’s youngest employees have the exact same insurance premium as their eldest colleagues.

Yet, I’ve seen exactly zero Obamacare opponents railing to amend the employer-based practices that require most young healthies to pay more than their “fair share.” No one is plying Congress to amend HIPAA or the ADA so young invincibles can pay premiums appropriate to their health status. No one is calling out employers on their “redistributionist” policies, even though uniform insurance premiums force a substantial transfer from the young to the old.

If you’re expecting honest debate from the people who came up with death panels and takeover messaging, you are asking too much.

House Republicans Skip Obamacare Briefing They Furiously Demanded

House Republicans Skip Obamacare Briefing They Furiously Demanded:

most of the House Republicans who had demanded their own closed-door briefing from the administration on President Barack Obama’s struggling health care rollout were no-shows on Wednesday.

This is what is wrong with congress in one simple headline. There is far more interest in outrage than due diligence. You would think that they would want to actually do their jobs, or simply to sit in the briefing and then attack the parts of Obamacare they hate. But no. They just want to yell and scream and don’t care if they get any facts right.

Obamacare part-timism: A myth debunked.

Obamacare part-timism: A myth debunked.:

My strong suspicion is that if the ACA has an impact on the labor force (which it probably will) it will be through a different mechanism. Right now “in order to qualify for health benefits” is a very good reason to work full-time, even if you’d rather have more free time and less money at your current wage level. The Affordable Care Act will make this benefit qualification rationale less compelling,


The changes to part time employment in the past few years has almost nothing to do with Obamacare and everything to do with improved scheduling and time management systems in retail, hospitality and fast food sectors.

Tweets for 2013-10-12

  1. The #GOP is succeeding at selling #obamacare where the white house and Dems failed. This is super pure, Heisenberg blue irony.
  2. I’m amazed at all the people who are just now discovering that shutting down the government means that government services are #shutdown

It Takes A Government (To Make A Market)

It Takes A Government (To Make A Market)

there's an additional factor, that even supporters of the Affordable Care Act mostly missed: the extent to which, for the first time, the Act is creating a truly functioning market in nongroup insurance.

Market based reforms often require government. This should be obvious, but since it violates right-wing political correctness, it is ignored or shouted down.

Romney should come out in favor of replacing Obamacare with a Massachusetts like system. That is such an insanely self contradictory flip-flop that only Romney could possibly say it without having his head explode. And only Romney could defend that statement with a straight face.

Conservative Origins of Obamacare

Romneycare, is a three-legged stool of regulation and subsidies: community rating requiring insurers to make the same policies available to everyone regardless of health status; an individual mandate, requiring everyone to purchase insurance, so that healthy people don't opt out; and subsidies to keep insurance affordable for those with lower incomes.

The original Heritage plan from 1989 had all these features.

These days, Heritage strives mightily to deny the obvious


From NYTimes.com

Heritage declares we have always been at war with Eastasia.

Newt Gingrich Used To Love Individual Health Insurance Mandates

Citizens should not be able to cheat their neighbors by not buying insurance, particularly when they can afford it, and expect others to pay for their care when they need it." An "individual mandate," he added, should be applied "when the larger health-care system has been fundamentally changed." […]

"Finally, we should insist that everyone above a certain level buy coverage (or, if they are opposed to insurance, post a bond). Meanwhile, we should provide tax credits or subsidize private insurance for the poor."

"People whose income is too low should receive Medicaid vouchers and tax credits to buy insurance,"


From Newt Gingrich Used To Love Individual Health Insurance Mandates


When Newt Gingrich suggests a mandate its about Personal Responsibility. When the Dems do the exact same thing its a godless socialist federal power-grab that puts us all on the road to serfdom.

The Triumph Of Romneycare

the healthcare exchanges set up for those shut out of the employer system have seen premiums decline 40 percent, even as all premiums have risen 14 percent nationwide. The power of the market. If the GOP were a serious governing party, they would focus on strengthening those exchanges in the federal bill, and working to break the employer-based healthcare system.

From Andrew Sullivan

I’m still perplexed how otherwise sane people can look at a market based system with private insurance companies, private sector doctors and hospitals and declare it socialism.

The Triumph Of Romneycare

the healthcare exchanges set up for those shut out of the employer system have seen premiums decline 40 percent, even as all premiums have risen 14 percent nationwide. The power of the market. If the GOP were a serious governing party, they would focus on strengthening those exchanges in the federal bill, and working to break the employer-based healthcare system.

From Andrew Sullivan

I’m still perplexed how otherwise sane people can look at a market based system with private insurance companies, private sector doctors and hospitals and declare it socialism.