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Obamacare has Failed

… to live up to the warnings from the detractors.

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Speaking of Obamacare and Embarrassment

Florida is one of the states that refused to expand Medicare coverage for poor people. Instead, last March the Republican-controlled state government created an alternative to Obamacare called Florida Health Choices, and appropriated over $2.5 million to start it up and launch its website. So, how did that work out for them? So far, six […]

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Pound Foolish

A week or so ago, the Chicago Cubs had a bit of a disaster. Four and a half innings into the game it started raining — hard — but they didn’t have enough grounds crew to cover the field with tarps quickly enough. The attempt to cover the field was so pitiful the audience booed. […]

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Reversing Dubya

One of my favorite political blogs, Eclectablog, points out an interesting statistic: When Bill Clinton left office and George W Bush was sworn in, the number of people without health insurance in the US stood at 38.4 million (a number which would have been zero if the Clintons had succeeded in passing single-payer health insurance). […]

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Unhealthy Skepticism

Paul Krugman points out that Republicans made at least six dire predictions of how Obama’s health care reform was going to fail miserably: They claimed that not enough people would enroll, which would cause an “epic fail“. In fact, they went as far as to tell people to not enroll in health insurance, which shows […]

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Obamacare and the Free Market

The number of health insurance companies joining the healthcare exchanges is increasing. A number of companies who didn’t participate in the exchanges during the first enrollment period last year have changed their minds. This is partly because the first year’s enrollment in the exchanges exceeded expectations. In New Hampshire, the number of Obamacare insurers is […]

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A Rock and a Hard Place

It is almost enough to make you feel sorry for Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate minority leader. Almost, but not quite. On one side, the Republican politician and former Kentucky senator who gave McConnell his first job in politics, says that McConnell has betrayed the people of Kentucky by mounting a crusade to repeal Obamacare. […]

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Better and Better

The Congressional Budget Office has issued an updated accounting report on the Affordable Care Act, and there is good news. We already know some of the good news — more people will be covered by Obamacare than expected. But I just want to remind people how significant that is — the whole point of health […]

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Health Education

© Jen Sorensen What is going to happen as people realize that all the lies they have been fed about Obamacare aren’t true? Indeed, the only complaints about the ACA that are actually true is that a single payer system would have been far simpler, easier to implement, and cost less. But of course the […]

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Deadline

Stephen Colbert is on a roll lamenting the fact that Obamacare exceeded the enrollment expectations by its March 31 deadline: Note that 7.1 million people enrolling exceeds the original projections for the ACA, before all the problems with healthcare.gov and the (premature) reports from conservative sources that enrollment numbers would not reach even the lowered […]

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Why ask a question if you don’t care about the answer?

On March 24, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), he who shut down the government in a failed attempt to repeal Obamacare, went to Facebook and posted the following: Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday. Are you better off now than you were then? Comment with YES or NO! Did he really […]

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Healthy Blowback

© Mike Stanfill I have an actual Obamacare horror story to add to this comic. In Michigan, Democratic senator Carl Levin is retiring, leading to one of the most hotly contested races for control of the Senate. Republican Terri Lynn Land has been leading in the polls against Democrat Gary Peters for the last couple […]

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Boehner’s Whopper

At a press conference, House Speaker John Boehner claims that Obamacare has resulted in a “net loss of people with health insurance”. A reporter even questions Boehner to make sure the Speaker didn’t mis-speak. Boehner repeats his claim. But it is absolutely not true.

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The Stages of Healthcare Grief

First the Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare (over and over and over again). Then they tried to ignore it, claiming that it would collapse under its own weight (forcing Obama to unilaterally fix a few bugs in its original implementation). But now it looks like they have moved on to the acceptance phase of grief. […]

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Third World Health Care

Sorry I didn’t post this sooner. But as Obamacare shows, better late than never! UPDATE: You know those questions that don’t actually ask a question but try instead to push an answer? Like these ones by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) asked at a Senate hearing on healthcare to Canadian physician and health policy professor Danielle […]

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