If the Obama administration can't quickly fix the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, not only is President Obama's second term in jeopardy. Progressivism itself is in jeopardy.
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.
The latest guidelines for statin drugs, issued by the makers of those drugs, would have us believe that pretty much everyone should be taking them. Th...
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.
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.
Healthcare in the United States is a mess. In 2011, US healthcare spending reached $2.7 trillion, more than twice that of other wealthy countries, and...
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
Try as one might, it's pretty much impossible to miss how badly things have turned for President Barack Obama. Not that it hasn't been building all year.
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.
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 outpouring of noble sentiment would be laudable -- indeed, long overdue -- if only there was any reason to believe these protestations are sincere.
The New York Times put forward its entry for best in show: a front-page news article comparing the problems with the Healthcare.gov website with President Bush's failed response to Hurricane Katrina. This is clearly the silly season in Washington.
The BP oil disaster was a technological and man-made problem, which required even greater amounts of technological wizardry to fix. After the well was finally (finally!) successfully capped, there was an enormous aftermath that went on for a very long period of time.
"Meat is something we all understand, and, I might add, enjoy. No one has to shove it down our throats. We want to eat meat. This is exactly how our health care system should operate. Rare, medium rare, medium, well done. That kind of thing. Choices, Matt, choices."
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.