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Closing in on a Lost Decade for U.S. Home Prices

U.S. housing starts in March were 946,000 units seasonally adjusted and annualized (SAAR), according to a joint press release from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Is the Census Recount of the Uninsured a Legitimate Scandal?

A friend of mine thinks the decision by the Census Bureau to change the way it counts the uninsured—which will make it more difficult to make pre and post-Obamacare comparisons—is sleazier than I give it credit for: To me this is all about 2016. Show More Summary

JAMES TARANTO: Judd Gregg’s Warning About Obama’s Politicization Of Census Bureau Was Prescient. …

JAMES TARANTO: Judd Gregg’s Warning About Obama’s Politicization Of Census Bureau Was Prescient. Gregg served out his Senate term retiring after the 2010 election, when another Republican, Kelly Ayotte, was elected as his successor. The Democrats eventually got their 60th senator: In April, Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter switched parties, and in July, Minnesota’s Al Franken was [...]

Right-Wing Media's Manufactured Scandal Over Census Reporting Change

Right-wing media outlets are trying to gin up outrage over a change in how the U.S. Census Bureau reports insurance status, claiming the agency is making an adjustment to deliberately hide the effects of the Affordable Care Act. ButShow More Summary

The lies Obamacare: Census Bureau edition

(Paul Mirengoff) High among the list of Obamacare’s most embarrassing failures is the fact that it will not meet its stated purpose of reducing to a low level the number of Americans who lack health insurance. This goal was the justification for the massive disruption of the health care system that Obamacare has imposed. Show More Summary

Housing starts stay on long-term growth path

Housing starts remain on a long-term growth path after moving sideways for about two years and a half years following the housing crash, Calculated Risk’s Bill McBride reports, citing Census Bureau figures showing single-family housing starts were up 6 percent...

The Empirical Record

  The Census Bureau is changing its annual survey, making it difficult to measure the impact of the Affordable Care Act. As the NYT reports:   An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a ‘total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the […]

Sometimes it's better to split the baby

This story about the Census Bureau is amazing to me: The Census is changing its annual survey about health insurance. As a result, the new data will not be comparable to the old, making it much harder to gauge the effects of the Affordable...Show More Summary

A.M. Links: Almost 300 Missing After South Korea Ferry Capsizes, Census Bureau Changes May Obscure Impact of Obamacare, O'Reilly Thinks Conservatives Won't Watch Colbert on The Late Show

2 days agoNews : Reason

Three people are dead and almost 300 are unaccounted for after a ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea. Most of the passengers onboard were school students. Bill O'Reilly thinks that Stephen Colbert will struggle to get conservatives...Show More Summary

Scarborough Mocks New Census Health Care Questions: ‘Is Obamacare Great, or What?’

2 days agoNews : Mediaite

A Morning Joe round table/panel dealie Wednesday morning universally criticized the Census Bureau's change, announced yesterday, to its health questionnaire, a move that will likely render the survey useless for tracking the effect the Affordable Care Act will have on the number of insured.

Housing Starts at 946 Thousand Annual Rate in March

From the Census Bureau: Permits, Starts and CompletionsHousing Starts:Privately-owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000. This is 2.8 percent above the revised February estimate of 920,000, but...Show More Summary

Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects

2 days agoHealth : NYT: Health

Changes to the Census Bureau’s annual survey on health insurance will make it hard to gauge any shift in the number of uninsured; an internal paper called the timing “coincidental and unfortunate.”

Census Bureau overhauling how it counts uninsured

The New York Times is reporting a change in how the census is going to count the uninsured, asserting that the bureau "is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’sShow More Summary

Census Bureau: Change that Conceals Obamacare Impact Before Midterms 'Coincidental'

The Census Bureau decided to so drastically change the methodology of its annual survey for the first time in over 30 years that it will be nearly impossible to measure Obamacare's impact before the midterm elections. The New York Times...Show More Summary

Census corruption

You can put the U.S. Census Bureau on the shelf right next to the Justice Department (which, on top of everything else, is now accused of blocking corporate mergers for political reasons), the IRS, the Department of Health and Human Services, and all the other government agencies corrupted over the past five years. Show More Summary

Big shock: Changes to Census Bureau survey will make it difficult to measure effects of Obamacare

Written by Doug Powers To be filed under “If you like your old health care questionnaire, you can keep your old health care questionnaire.” From the New York Times: The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be […]

Want Useful Data on Obamacare? The Census Bureau Won’t Help You.

2 days agoNews : Reason

One of the big unknowns about Obamacare is what effect it has had on reducing the number of uninsured in America. Over the last few months, we've seen a number of attempts to measure this, but hey've all been relatively narrow surveys that for a variety of reasons don't provide a complete picture. Show More Summary

Fox News Is About to Get a New Pet Rock

Oh man, a whole new set of conspiracy theories is about to take flight: The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult...Show More Summary

Yet Another Crazy Conservative Conspiracy Theory Proven Correct

2 days agoNews : Mediaite

The White House dismissed the concerns of conservatives which were, indeed, unfounded insofar as they related to the 2010 census. But the fears of some that the Census Bureau could be corrupted by the imperatives of the political operatives in the White House was today proven accurate.

Surprise: Census Bureau changing annual survey to obscure effects of ObamaCare

“We are expecting much lower numbers [of uninsured] just because of the questions and how they are asked.”

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