Obamacare Can Work? Ctd

Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas discourage putting too much stock in the recent polling on Obamacare and state-level premium projections: [A]ll these numbers are simply guesses. Really. That’s it. California’s numbers are guesses. Maryland’s numbers are guesses. Oregon’s numbers are guesses. Vermont’s numbers are just guesses. Everyone is just guessing. … We’re covering those guesses in the … Continue reading Obamacare Can Work? Ctd

Obamacare Can Work? Ctd

Despite the recent announcement of low premiums for Californians under Obamacare, Sarah Kliff isn’t celebrating yet: California’s health-care marketplace isn’t like those being set up elsewhere in the country. When California created the country’s first-ever health insurance exchange, way back in November 2010, it made a very significant policy decision. The state decided that it would act … Continue reading Obamacare Can Work? Ctd

Obamacare Can Work? Ctd

Yesterday California announced premium rates for its healthcare exchanges. Sarah Kliff points out that the premiums are lower than many estimates: Health insurers will charge 25-year-olds between $142 and $190 per month for a bare-bones health plan in Los Angeles. A 40-year-old in San Francisco who wants a top-of-the-line plan would receive a bill between $451 and … Continue reading Obamacare Can Work? Ctd

The Best Threads Of 2014: “The View From Your Obamacare”

The latest reader thread we want to highlight centers on your personal experiences with the ACA – mostly good, some just okay, a few terrible. Read the whole collection here. Several more of your stories are below, aired for the first time: I’m 43 and was laid off last year from one of the major banks.  I … Continue reading The Best Threads Of 2014: “The View From Your Obamacare”

Can Three Geeks Save Obamacare?

It’s an uplifting story that also makes you want to despair of government. Three 20-year-old programmers from San Francisco have set up a website – thehealthsherpa.com – that already does a huge amount of the work that the government website cannot effectively handle yet. No, you can’t enroll in Obamacare on it, but you can … Continue reading Can Three Geeks Save Obamacare?

Is Obamacare Too Complex To Work?

Mike Konczal blames Obamacare’s technical problems on the law’s design. He contrasts Obamacare’s form of social insurance, which he labels “Category A,” with previous forms of social insurance, such as Medicare and Social Security, which he labels “Category B”: What we often refer to as Category A can be viewed as a “neoliberal” approach to social insurance, … Continue reading Is Obamacare Too Complex To Work?

How Can Obamacare Be Improved? Ctd

After diving into the latest Congressional Budget Office projections for Obamacare, Jed Graham predicts an ominous future for the exchanges set up by the law: CBO projections now not only imply that the subsidized exchange pool will shrink more precipitously, but the average benefit will rise 5.7% a year — faster than the 5% seen last August. This … Continue reading How Can Obamacare Be Improved? Ctd

How Do We Cut America’s Healthcare Bill?

Malcolm Gladwell reviews a book that addresses that question, America’s Bitter Pill: At the end of [the book, Steven] Brill offers his own solution to the health-care crisis. He wants the big regional health-care systems that dominate many metropolitan areas to expand their reach and to assume the function of insuring patients as well. He talks to Jeffrey Romoff, … Continue reading How Do We Cut America’s Healthcare Bill?

“The Worst Quarter Since The Last Recession Ended”

That’s how Neil Irwin reads the new GDP numbers: The Commerce Department revised its estimates of first-quarter gross domestic product Wednesday to show that the economy contracted at a 2.9 percent annual rate. A combination of shrinking business inventories, terrible winter weather and a surprise contraction in health care spending drove the first-quarter decline, which is … Continue reading “The Worst Quarter Since The Last Recession Ended”