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“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
In Part 1 of my interview with Jonathan Cohn, we talked about what’s working with the Affordable Care Act (and what’s not) – and also how the law could work better going forward. In Part 2, we talk about some other concerns that have gotten plenty of attention in the media.
January 27, 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
Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times talks with Harold Pollack about his interviews with the subjects of two high-profile Obamacare “horror stories.” He explains what he found when he interviewed one woman who expected higher premiums, and a second woman who says she’s losing her coverage because of the health reform law.
December 12, 2013
What I do know is that I will never again face a $10,000 deductible. We gained $11,000 in deductible savings, a quality provider network, and peace of mind. No one asked us about pre-existing conditions. No policy has a life-time maximum benefit. I call that moving forward.
December 11, 2013