The ACA was built on a flawed financing system, which will be unsustainable for patients, families and taxpayers.
So we're left with a dilemma. Support a big improvement over current law even though it's imperfect, or say we won't stand for the shortcomings and forgo any change.
I don't think it is overt, but high achievers have a sixth sense of who is worthy of their most precious commodity, time, and who is looking for instant gratification.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working. Nationally, more than 11 million people signed up for coverage in the most recent open-enrollment period. This landmark law, despite what the critics say, has improved the lives of millions of Americans.
As the Supreme Court listened to arguments over subsidies in the state exchanges Democrats were making their plans for preemptive surrender. Many were warning that an adverse ruling would be the death of Obamacare.
In this second post assessing the track record of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) five years after its enactment, we now look at its impact on containment of health care costs and affordability of care, two of its principal goals.
A CHIP extension bill should not result in children losing health insurance coverage and being left worse off. Congress should, at the very least, "do no harm" and oppose any package that would result in children losing health coverage or being left worse off in their state.
While Tennessee lawmakers continue to do all they can to undermine Obamacare, low- and moderate-income Kentuckians can go to bed at night and not have the same worry that their neighbors a few miles to the south have about the cost of health care. Does that make sense to you?
In a majority of cases, Roberts and the other conservatives have ruled against the Obama administration's position on the big ticket issues of voting rights, affirmative action, corporate and property rights, and union and environmental protections. Their assault has had little to do with the law, and everything to do with politics and ideology.
Two leading authors and media mavens predict a) an Iranian nuc deal that Obama enforces without Congress and b) the Court will not overthrow Obamacare on a technicality. But they clash on Billary's money and emails: Frum thinks voters should care while Bob predicts they won't and shouldn't.
Clearly written and brimming with telling historical details and sharp insights, The Fierce Urgency of Now is essential reading not only for those who want to understand the Great Society but for everyone concerned with how it might be preserved or expanded.
This week proved that while the arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, it often takes a very circuitous route. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the Affordable Care Act. At stake is not only the future of Obamacare but also the frayed legitimacy of the Court itself. The unintentional joke of the day was offered by Justice Scalia, who, apparently without irony, suggested Congress would fix Obamacare if the court struck it down: "You really think Congress is just going to sit there while all of these disastrous consequences ensue?" Good one. Less funny was the Justice Department's scathing report that same day detailing egregious discrimination by the Ferguson police department and court system. It certainly added sobering context to Saturday's marking of the 50th anniversary of Selma's "Bloody Sunday" march. We have come a long way and yet we still have so far to go.
Hillary, Bibi, O'Reilly, the economy... So many targets, so little time! ...
Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. is this week's Most Impressive Democrat of the Week award-winner, for doing a much better job arguing the case for President Obama's interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court than he did the last time around.
In order to defend the rule of law, the Supreme Court must engage with the law as written. It must seek the truth concerning the political choices and tradeoffs manifested in the ACA itself. As Thomas Paine once put it, "In America, the law is king." In King, the Court must make plain where the authority lies.
None of the provisions governing the territories have anything to do with the federally facilitated exchange, or for that matter with premium tax credits, which are not in any event available in the territories. Section 1323 is in fact simply irrelevant to King v.Burwell.