Is Obamacare even partly responsible for the slowdown in health care costs? That is silly. First, Obamacare is not a health care reform law; it is a health insurance reform law. No one on either side of the debate has ever argued anything different. Does the law have some limited cost containment features in it? [...]
The nonpartisan PolitiFact has given the president's claim about his health care program a dubious honor. Obama said that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it." When it became clear that wasn't correct, the White House tried to "rewrite his slogan," the fact checkers say.
Why "insurance" for existing conditions is a bit of a misnomer, and why that matters in terms of health care policy.
J.W. Mason, who proposed the alternative path for health care reform at Crooked Timber, has a good question: In fact, I think the ACA makes expanding Medicare easier, simply demonstrating that large scale health care reform is possible. Compared with the status quo ante, passage of ACA is a very good thing! On the other [...]
Residents of Massachusetts saw small gains in health status following the enactment of a state-wide health insurance mandate in 2006, finds a new study in the Milbank Quarterly.
If only it really was President Barack Obama rapping like Snoop Dogg in this "Drop It Like It's Hot" parody produced by the #GetCovered campaign. Instead, the video, which features the refrain "Sign up 'cause it's hot," stars famed Obama impersonator and YouTube star Iman "Alphacat" Crosson.
The health care landscape can be confusing. Rules and regulations seem to be endlessly shifting and it’s a challenge to keep track of the moving parts. But from a micro perspective, health care shouldn’t be that difficult. Your employees know what their insurance plans do for them, so that’s really all they need to be... Show More Summary
A new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and McGill University in Montreal reveals that the United States health care system ranks 22nd out of 27 high-income nations when analyzed for its efficiency of turning dollars spent into extending lives. The study, which appears online Dec. Show More Summary
Conservatives across the fruited plain are likely going to be shocked by this - and liberals extremely angered! - but the fact-checking website PolitiFact on Thursday named President Obama's "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it" promise the Lie of the Year. Such was announced on CNN's The Lead (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): read more
A statement by President Barack Obama has been given the dubious honor of “Lie of the Year” with a rating of “Pants on Fire” by the Tampa Bay Times’ Politifact. “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the president said, over and over again, while trying to sell Americans on the Affordable Care Act before it was enacted. Show More Summary
I’m scheduled to talk about health care and PPACA implementation with Jay Ackroyd tonight at 9:00pm EST. Virtually Speaking is here: My big concern is a combination of tech problems on my end and the fact that I have a voice best suited for blogging.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Aetna Inc has decided not to reinstate or extend individual health insurance plans that are being canceled with the advent of the U.S. Affordable Care Act because the time frame is too short.
When Congress debated the Obamacare health care law, pro-life advocates were often the one early voice exposing how the law would cause rationing of life-saving care. Obamacare supporters have mocked the claim and the media went after Sarah Palin saying Americans should be concerned about “death panels.” With Obamacare not yet going into full effect, […]
On Friday, Politifact bowed to the inevitable and named President Obama’s “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” statement its Lie of the Year. That came after Politifact labeled that statement “half-true” in June 2012 and then defended its “half-true” rating in October 2013. Show More Summary
This top Dow health care stock has struggled through the patent cliff this year, but is Merck looking good heading into the final days of 2013?
The Senate Finance Committee adopted the Excellence In Mental Health Act as an amendment to the so-called "doc fix" bill on Thursday. The post The Senate Just Took A Big Step Toward Expanding Mental Health Care While No One Was Looking appeared first on ThinkProgress.
How anxious is the Obama administration about the health care law’s effects on insurance coverage? For the last few days, speculation has increased about he possibility that the law could actually result in a net loss of coverage atShow More Summary
A new study by UCLA and McGill Universities reveals that the United States health care system ranks 22nd out of 27 high-income nations when analyzed for its efficiency of turning dollars spent into extending lives. The researchers also discovered significant gender disparities within countries.
In 2009, it was “death panels.” In 2010, the Affordable Care Act was a “government takeover of health care.” In 2011, the GOP supported a budget which would “end Medicare.” Finally, in 2012, the Politifact Lie of the Year was a claim by Mitt Romney that Chrysler had moved Jeep production to China....
Health care spending is a large - and ever increasing - portion of government budgets. Improving its efficiency has therefore become critically important. In the first-ever study to estimate health spending efficiency by gender across...Show More Summary