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Not afraid of the Obamacare penalty?

The growing sting of the individual mandate

November 24, 2015 – The 2014 individual mandate penalty of $95 is about the equivalent of a monthly cable bill for many families: annoying but hardly… Read more

Subsidies denied.

How subsidy-eligible enrollees got ‘false negatives’

February 2, 2015 – By now it's clear that many who are eligible either for subsidized private coverage or Medicaid under the ACA don't know that they're… Read more

McConnell cuts the heart from Obamacare.

Removing the heart of Obamacare

November 14, 2014 – Larry Levitt and Harold Pollack speculate about 'surgeries' the ACA might face as Republicans scheme to remove Obamacare's vital… Read more

‘Bros’ on board – and other promising signs

May 11, 2014 – With 8 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare's exchanges – 28 percent of them young adults – the collapse of the Affordable Care Act… Read more

Paper shredder.

Help paying for insurance? Not interested.

January 20, 2014 – A U.S. District Court ruling last week will ensure ACA's subsidies for millions who desperately need help with premiums, but surely… Read more

‘Going bare’: risky, irresponsible suggestion

August 3, 2013 – Conservative organizations are mounting a cynical campaign to undermine the Affordable Care Act by encouraging young healthy adults to "go… Read more

30 economists: we need individual mandate

July 18, 2013 – Yesterday, a small group of health policy experts organized by David Cutler, Jon Gruber, and me wrote a simple letter to Congress laying… Read more

The end (of the wait for Obamacare) is near

July 12, 2013 – 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… Read more

Obamacare’s employer mandate delayed:

July 8, 2013 – As usual the doomsters are ignoring the facts. The delay will affect only a fraction of U.S. employers and even fewer… Read more

Foes use scare tactics on health care penalty

September 12, 2012 – ACA opponents are using scare tactics to convince Americans that a mandate to buy comprehensive health insurance represents a tax on the… Read more

Supreme Court upholds individual mandate

June 28, 2012 – We celebrate this decision was a huge win for millions of Americans who have so much at stake. We've said it again and again ... that the… Read more

If individual mandate’s struck, what next?

June 18, 2012 – The goal of the mandate is to draw more healthy people into the insurance pool, so that the cost of care when we become sick can be spread… Read more