I'm not talking about the myths and propaganda -- the "death panel" nonsense and the like. This is serious business: the well-financed, broadly implemented sabotage campaign designed to rig the law for failure, while also making it more difficult for Americans to receive insurance.
There is simply no way for presidential health care reformers to avoid grievous political harm, as the experience of President Barack Obama is now demonstrating in spades.
Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.
The media focus on middle-class losers over the poor winners should surprise exactly no one. The press goes for whatever gets viewers/clicks/corporate sponsorships. The real story is the inexcusable callousness coming from the Republicans who are celebrating denying the poor health insurance.
As we witness the awkward, unfortunate early implementation of the ACA, it is agreed by critics and admirers alike that the system will only work if enough young people enroll to balance out the older enrollees
The White House's decision to suspend enforcement of Obamacare's health insurance standards because of the website debacle was politically wise. But the main lesson we should draw from this incident is not that government can quickly change course in the face of failure. Rather, it teaches just the opposite: once Washington commits to a policy, it reverses direction only when waves of opposition engulf it. President Obama's sudden about-face is most unusual. The closest analogy is George H.W. Bush's abandonment of his dramatic "no new taxes" pledge. When Bill Clinton, now more popular than ever, urged him to honor his unequivocal proclamations that we could keep our insurance policies and doctors if we liked, many congressional Democrats immediately jumped ship. But in the vast majority of cases, failed policies endure.
The number of uninsured children continues to decline to historic lows - a remarkable accomplishment given the high childhood poverty rate and tough economic times. Yet a majority of Americans are unaware of this achievement.
There was good news last week and bad news last week when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, and weirdly enough, for the first time possibly ever, it was the same news.
The NFL just agreed to pay out $765 million for injury settlements, medical monitoring, and care for former players who suffered concussions and other brain injuries. While the NCAA may be turning a blind eye, college athletes are starting to take notice.
CEOs and other leaders, in the corporate world and beyond, should do more than follow the news on the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). They should also ask themselves what they would do if they were in President Obama'a shoes.
Much has been written about the rough rollout of Obamacare. It's been front page news for the past month as every piece of the Healthcare Exchange ro...
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on CNN and complained that she's going to lose her insurance because of Obamacare. Bachmann is clearly very frightened about the prospect, but it's mainly because she's totally confused about how exactly to sign up.
The progress made in California and elsewhere to help families find affordable health coverage shows the nation what is possible when states and leaders are committed to making the best use of the new opportunities to genuinely help the families they serve.
Too much contracting may mean that the organization loses the capacity to manage contractors. When that happens, no one inside the government knows what the contractor does. If you don't know how to build a web site, how do you manage a contract that pays a company to build a site?
In the radio version of Father Knows Best, the patriarch was an arrogant potentate. He would say, for example, "What a bunch of stupid children I have!" That is how Republicans have always regarded workers. Now they've revealed they feel the same way about CEOs.