Republicans Will Soon Regret Being The Party Of Repealing Obamacare
Apr19

Republicans Will Soon Regret Being The Party Of Repealing Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act has exceeded expectations where ever we have measurements, such as in people signing up, despite the Congressional Budget Office reducing their prediction after the computer problems in October. The Republican horror stories have been debunked whenever the facts have been examined. There are no death panels, and the Republican predictions of doctors refusing to see Obamacare patients or long waits have turned...

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Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success
Apr18

Success Of Obamacare Might Translate Into Political Success

The number of people signing up for private insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has now reached eight million. While primarily symbolic, it does represent a victory after initial projections of seven million were reduced to six million due to the problems when the exchanges opened. We know that if they failed to meet these projections, Republicans would be making a big deal of them. In addition, late enrollees included a...

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Insurance Companies Plan To Increase Policies Offered On Exchanges Following 2014 Success, And Other Health Care News
Apr17

Insurance Companies Plan To Increase Policies Offered On Exchanges Following 2014 Success, And Other Health Care News

The first year of enrollment for insurance under the exchanges is largely for first getting our feet wet, with more people projected to sign up in the future. It certainly exposed problems in the computer system and allowed for them to be fixed (although further testing before October was clearly needed). Insurance companies got to see whether this was a profitable market they would want to enter. In the past one or two insurance...

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Sullivan on Obamacare Politics
Apr17

Sullivan on Obamacare Politics

Andrew Sullivan notes the eroding political value of the GOP’s opposition to Obamacare on The Daily Dish. It’s that long game thing again, isn’t it? Like the civil rights revolution of the Obama years, it seemed a close-to-impossible effort to start with, and then was gradually, skillfully ground out. It also seems true to me that the non-event of the ACA for many, many people will likely undermine some of the hysteria on the...

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Obama ‘Turns the Nuclear Cheek’ To Vladimir Putin (Libero Quotidiano, Italy)
Apr16

Obama ‘Turns the Nuclear Cheek’ To Vladimir Putin (Libero Quotidiano, Italy)

Why did President Obama decide last week, in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, to cut the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal four years earlier than required under the 2010 NEW Start Treaty? For Italy’s Libero Quotidiano, columnist Glauco Maggi writes that not only are most E.U. leaders on Putin’s side, but President Obama ‘is a left-wing ideologue, a slave to a pacifism divorced from reality, who knows only how to...

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Ezra Klein on Obamacare
Apr16

Ezra Klein on Obamacare

Ezra Klein comments on Obamacare Derangement Syndrome on Vox.   Today, the right struggles with Obamacare Derangement Syndrome: the acute inability to see Obamacare as anything but a catastrophic failure that the American people will soon reject. For those suffering from ODS, all bad Obamacare news is good news, and all good Obamacare news is spin. In this world, delays of minor provisions in the law prove that the entire...

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Coverage Of The Success of Obamacare And Debunking Republican Lies
Apr15

Coverage Of The Success of Obamacare And Debunking Republican Lies

Reading liberal versus conservative columnists give entirely different views of the Affordable Care Act. Liberals have been writing about its success while conservatives continue to spread misinformation. Here’s a few examples of liberal views on the topic (which are the fact-based articles): Tim Dickenson of Rolling Stone (source for the above graphic) writes that Obamacare is working. (Thanks to SteveK for the link.) Instead...

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New CBO Report Projects The Affordable Care Act Will Cover More People And Cost Less Than Previously Projected
Apr15

New CBO Report Projects The Affordable Care Act Will Cover More People And Cost Less Than Previously Projected

A new report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the Affordable Care Act  increase the number of people covered, help reduce the deficit, and will cost $104 billion less than previous forecasts:: Relative to their previous projections made in February 2014, CBO and JCT now estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in lower net costs to the federal government: The agencies currently project a...

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A victory lap for Obamacare
Apr15

A victory lap for Obamacare

WASHINGTON — It’s all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working. All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success. Republican candidates running this fall on an anti-Obamacare platform will have to divert voters’ attention from the facts, which tell an increasingly positive story. A new...

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Months of Our Lives
Apr12

Months of Our Lives

Our government — sometimes along with other nations — the states, various groups and organizations, etc. designate months of the year as commemorative months to raise awareness about health, social and other important issues or to commemorate or celebrate significant events. To raise awareness about health issues, for example, we have: American Heart Month (February), Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month (May),...

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US health secretary to resign after Obamacare woes
Apr11

US health secretary to resign after Obamacare woes

US health secretary to resign after Obamacare woes (via AFP) President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to resign, paying the price for the chaotic initial rollout of his signature health care law, officials said Thursday. Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his…...

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Newly Insured Able To Find Doctors Despite Republican Predictions Of Shortage And Long Waits
Apr10

Newly Insured Able To Find Doctors Despite Republican Predictions Of Shortage And Long Waits

With people actually becoming enrolled in health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act, we have further evidence that the Republican scare stories are not coming true. There are no death panels. The government has not taken over health care. Enrollment in plans sold through the exchanges have met earlier projections despite the initial problems with the computer system. While it is too early for final numbers, it appears that the...

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Obama Administration Announced Increase In Payments To Medicare Advantage Plans
Apr09

Obama Administration Announced Increase In Payments To Medicare Advantage Plans

Presumably in response to Republican scare stories about Medicare cuts to Medicare Advantage plans and insurance company lobbying, on Monday CMS  announced an increase in payments of  0.4% in 2015, in place of the expected 1.9% rate cut as of February. This negates a distorted Republican attack that Obama is cutting payments to Medicare. The proposed cuts were to what is essentially corporate welfare for insurance companies running ...

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Republicans Had To Hide Support For Fix To Affordable Care Act To Limit Attacks From The Right
Apr08

Republicans Had To Hide Support For Fix To Affordable Care Act To Limit Attacks From The Right

The “doc fix”  has become a strange legislative tradition as Congress regularly votes to stop the automatic  cuts in physician payment called for under the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula. As I discussed in March, this time there were a couple of new twists which were known, but in addition it turns out that another item hidden in the bill reveals a lot about the Republican Party. First I’ll recap what we had...

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Obama Delivers “The Best Medicine” To Ted Cruz, John Boehner, and Michele Bachmann
Apr08

Obama Delivers “The Best Medicine” To Ted Cruz, John Boehner, and Michele Bachmann

Barry Blitt said this about the above cover for The New Yorker: “This whole enterprise was just an elaborate excuse. I enjoyed drawing Ted Cruz, John Boehner, and Michele Bachmann as petulant children—and I especially wanted to draw an open-mouthed Mitch McConnell being spoon-fed his meds.” Obama is certainly delivering the “medicine” as news comes in showing that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act exceeded projections...

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(Updated) A Billboard in Louisiana: Truth vs. Trademark
Apr07

(Updated) A Billboard in Louisiana: Truth vs. Trademark

Update: Remember a few weeks ago, Louisiana Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and other Louisiana Republicans did not like a billboard calling out Gov. Jindall’s refusal to expand Medicaid — a shenanigan that results in the denial of health care to 242,000 Louisianans — and sued MoveOn.org in federal court, saying the sign violates trademark rules? If you don’t, the full story follows this update. Well, today a U.S....

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The Democrats’ Bad 2014 Seniors Moment
Apr06

The Democrats’ Bad 2014 Seniors Moment

The Democratic Party in 2014 is having a bad seniors moment. Once upon a time, seniors were big supporters of the Dems. But started to shift and this year the Democrats could get a sharp senior blow to their political stomach. Seniors are not happy and now could be counted on to be GOP voters: Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing...

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Paul Ryan Admits Consequences Of Replacing Obamacare With Republican Alternative
Apr05

Paul Ryan Admits Consequences Of Replacing Obamacare With Republican Alternative

Republicans who have been attacking the Affordable Care Act have been unable to provide a specific alternative to replace it with. One problem they face is that, while polls show large numbers of people say they oppose Obamacare, a majority also supports many of the individual components of the law. Paul Ryan admitted what repeal of Obamacare and replacing it with a Republican alternative would mean: House Budget Committee Chairman...

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Study Shows Number of Newly Insured Increased By 5.4 Million As Of Early March
Apr05

Study Shows Number of Newly Insured Increased By 5.4 Million As Of Early March

Despite favorable numbers on Obamacare enrollment, many Republicans continue to try to deny the positive results. Two common questions brought up are the number paying their premiums and the number of newly insured. Recently I pointed out that those claiming that as many as twenty percent are not receiving coverage due to not paying their premiums are incorrect because often the estimates are made prior to premiums actually being...

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GOP NoCare (Cartoon)
Apr05

GOP NoCare (Cartoon)

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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