I love Jon Stewart, but sometimes he is too soft on Obama. This past week he has been critical of the Affordable Care Act rollout, but he chides as if...
Job seekers are not powerless victims of an economy that has volatile fits and starts. The reality is that strategic, optimistic and tenacious full-time job seekers do find jobs. The more lackadaisical, defeated, angry, once-in-a-while job seekers do not.
By learning from early experiences with CHIP and working together, policymakers can make the ACA work and cover millions of children, their families and other Americans.
Obamacare is not going to be repealed -- not now and not in the future. However, there is real risk it could collapse under its own weight. Whether or not you support this president, this could seriously harm the health of our citizens and America's fiscal stability.
Welcome back! Where were we? Oh, yes. You were trying to decide between all those plans which, on the surface, sound identical but, on closer inspection, are radically different. Are seeing and chewing important to you?
Okay, I get it. The Healthcare.gov website is still glitchy; there are evidently people who are losing their current health insurance plans; premiums continue to rise; and the Republicans along with irresponsible members of the press are blowing it entirely out proportion. Enough!
Tax rates fell on the wealthy after 1980, while their incomes skyrocketed. But how strong is the correlation between falling tax rates on the wealthiest among us and economic inequality?
Historically, Hansolm has presented the argument every Thanksgiving, when political conversations "get too heated." "I try to diffuse the tension," says Hansolm, whose political statements have never done anything but intensify familial rage.
When your mission statement aligns with Obamacare, and you get to make your patients feel empowered to manage their own health care coverage, that's a nice little love story on the health care playground.
Oh, and the Obamacare website sucks and Kim & Kanye got engaged. Whew! It's been quite a week.
The truth these politicians want to obscure is that Obamacare is protecting their constituents from buying coverage that provides little to no shield against financial ruin. And that protection is something the insurance industry wants to get rid of.
As Republican members of Congress demand apologies and administration officials dutifully offer up mea culpas for the botched Obamacare rollout, wouldn't it be fair to expect just a morsel of apology from the right as well?
Last week's news contained some factual errors that merit correction. However, researching a subject can get in the way of achieving the ratings usually attained through sensationalizing falsehood and ignorance.
The more complex a system is, the more it is at risk of failing in complex ways that were not anticipated by its architects. It would be hard to imagine a more complicated way of expanding health coverage than the Affordable Care Act.I say that, appreciating that Obamacare will eventually bring health coverage to tens of millions of uninsured people, that it will end the cruelty of denials of coverage based on "pre-existing conditions" (we all have the pre-existing condition of mortality); that it will allow young adults to stay on their parents' insurance to age 26; and that it will require free preventive care under all insurance plans. But there was a much simpler way of achieving this.
There's no doubt HealthCare.gov was weighed down by technical problems and that there are concerns about the ACA that need to be addressed. But this doesn't mean we should abandon the crucial health care reform that is now, for the first time, the law of the land.
Perhaps the oft-repeated truism that the biggest fear of Tea Party Republicans is that people will actually be happy with ACA -- and thereby fatally undermine their goal of dismantling the social safety net -- is correct.