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Affordable Care Act
“What [ACA critics] don’t tell you is that while $25 billion is a lot of money, it is pocket change compared to the enormous amount of taxpayer dollars that have been flowing to private insurance companies for nearly three decades to keep them in the Medicare Advantage program, which has long had the unwavering support of Republicans in Washington.”
January 29, 2014
In the final segment of our interview, Jon provides a short list of indicators he expects to use in the coming year to determine whether things are going well for the Affordable Care Act. Much attention will be devoted to anecdotes about Americans’ experiences enrolling – and then using – their new coverage, but he says we can look to other indicators, from the insurers to consumer polls and even social service agencies.
January 28, 2014
“A lack of fact checkers does not explain why the newspaper ignored the news that one of its ‘victims’ had found good coverage. No editor’s note. No comment. No clarification. Why is this important? This major daily’s nearly 200,000 daily readers saw the story that would lead them to believe that Americans who received cancellation notices were “left in limbo.” – Maggie Mahar
January 3, 2014
Many of the newly insured are among the millions who have been unable to afford coverage in the past or have not been able to buy it at any price because of the practices of the insurance industry. Practices that, at long last, end on New Year’s Day, 2014.
December 31, 2013
“The people responsible for implementing the ACA have continued to concentrate on the task at hand, and their efforts are paying off. Insurance carriers and exchanges are focusing on outreach, increased staffing, and efficient application processing. Satisfied enrollees are telling friends and family members about their experience, spreading grassroots awareness about the ACA. The tide has turned, and public opinion of Obamacare has recovered from its November low.” – Louise Norris
December 19, 2013
” … We certainly can draw lessons from [FDR] … that you cannot leave the field. And what I’ve seen over and over again … the Democratic Party after enacting the ACA … is that their instinct has been to run from it when it’s being challenged or when problems come up …”
December 17, 2013
There’s no shortage of resources to help you quickly bone up on Obamacare and, more importantly, find out what’s in it for you. In fact, Wendell Potter has authored a handy new eBook that answers that very question. “Obamacare: What’s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act.”
December 14, 2013
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
My guest this week is Michael Hiltzik, a columnist with the Los Angeles Times and the author of The New Deal: A Modern History, now out in paperback. Michael has been doing great work covering the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and we spent a good deal of time in this multi-part interview discussing those efforts. In our first segment, though, we briefly discuss the far-reaching social insurance programs undertaken by President Franklin Roosevelt and the landmark health reform legislation embraced by President Barack Obama.
December 8, 2013