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How the media gets social insurance wrong

In Part 2 of my interview with Michael Hiltzik, Michael notes that there are parallels between the media’s coverage of the rollout Social Security and the rollout of Obamacare … and that those parallels include a disconcerting focus on half truths and scare tactics.

December 10, 2013

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Re-envisioned reform: a ‘gigantic blunder’?

Last week, eight prominent health policy analysts released a new health plan at the conservative think tank, American Enterprise Institute. Contributor Harold Pollack knows and likes the authors, but he knows and hates their plan.

August 18, 2013

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health wonk review

Health Wonk Review for August 15, 2013

The latest edition of Health Wonk Review is posted over at Health Business Blog and according to host David E. Williams, the hot summer days haven’t slowed the production of hard-hitting health policy opinion.

August 15, 2013

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A fuss over subsidies for Congressional staff

The decision to let Congressional staffers keep their federal subsidies to help buy coverage through the exchanges makes sense from a human resources perspective. The subsidies will help mitigate higher premiums, just as tax subsidies will for most other people in the exchanges.

August 7, 2013

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Obamacare repeal vote 40

Lordy, Lordy. Obamacare Repeal Vote 40

Folks, there’s not a snowball’s chance that the creatively named “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013″ will get anywhere close to President Obama’s desk.

August 2, 2013

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Medicaid for the middle class

Obamacare ‘Medicaid for the middle class?’

Yet another catchy phrase, “Medicaid for the middle class,” is popping up in conservative propaganda. What are Obamacare’s opponents trying to say?

July 31, 2013

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Will you receive an Obamacare subsidy?

Up until now, when Obamacare’s supporters and reform’s opponents squabbled over what insurance will cost in 2014, they had to rely on estimates and national averages. But now we have real numbers.

July 23, 2013

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Health Wonk Review for July 18, 2013

The latest edition of Health Wonk Review, the Web’s finest collection (we think) of health policy commentary, is live (and kicking) over at the Colorado Health Insurance Insider.

July 22, 2013

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30 economists: we need individual mandate

Yesterday, a small group of health policy experts organized by David Cutler, Jon Gruber, and me wrote a simple letter to Congress laying out the case for an individual mandate. It’s a good group, including two Nobel Prize winners and many other distinguished folk. This letter is now circulating among policymakers around Capitol Hill.

July 18, 2013

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Keep Calm and Ignore the Repeal Votes

The end (of the wait for Obamacare) is near

GOP-controlled House may introduce three bills to stop Obamacare This Congress has signed only 15 bills into law. Insiders: Health insurance exchanges are still on track. It’s a sour and angry time in Washington, D.C. Despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court found the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, despite the early benefits of […]

July 12, 2013

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Latest Obamacare news & opinion

Obamacare open enrollment window

Fixing Obamacare’s broken window

Spreading out open enrollment would allow carriers and exchanges to maintain level…


The dental crisis that’s driving patients away

When increasing numbers of Americans cross the Mexican border to see a dentist ... you…


Health Wonk Review for April 10, 2014

Billy Wynne put together a great edition of Health Wonk Review over at Healthcare…

exchanges too big to succeed

Exchanges: too big to succeed?

This is the time for brainstorming, but how much are we willing to change? Could we…

Republican policy fail ACA

Will there be an ‘exodus’ to the exchanges?

Harold: Now, would you be happy or sad if there was this exodus to the exchanges? Jon: I…

uninformed Florida Obamacare

Can Obamacare work even better?

I think the average American voter is actually a charitable person, a big-hearted person.…


Reports of ACA demise: greatly exaggerated

For this edition of Curbside Consult, I Skyped with Dr. Jonathan Gruber, who is the Ford…

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Obamacare: Irreplaceable, irrepealable

If you support the Affordable Care Act, know that your work is not yet done. And if you…

Health Wonk Review March Madness

Health Wonk Review for March 27, 2014

If you're one of those health policy diehards, definitely head over to the Health Affairs…

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Know your health insurance exchanges

The ACA-created health insurance exchanges will be up and running in days, and while…

ACA Basic Health Program

Affordable Care Act’s Basic Health Program

Starting this year, the Basic Health Program, a provision of the Affordable Care Act,…

ACA owners manual

Getting the most from your new insurance

The media have focused on the cost of the monthly premium. How much would you contribute…

SHOP exchanges

How SHOP exchanges help small businesses

The unprecedented advantages offered by ACA's SHOP exchanges truly make the law a game…

avoiding scams in the aca marketplace

Avoid scams while shopping for insurance

The health insurance marketplaces (commonly referred to as exchanges) are set to open in…

cost-sharing subsidies

The ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies

While the Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies help pay the cost of the health…

Individual health insurance.

Individual health insurance

If you are self employed, or if your employer does not offer health insurance, you'll…

Will you owe an Obamacare Penalty?

Will you owe a penalty under Obamacare?

If, for whatever reason, you decide not to purchase coverage in 2014, you can use the…

Obamacare's essential benefits

Health reform’s 10 essential benefits

The ACA specifies ten benefits be included in all health insurance plans sold on each…

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