Republicans Are Worried They Will Have to Save Obamacare

The people Republicans voted into office are hoping the Supreme Court will save Obamacare so that they don’t have to do it. This just in: Republicans are deathly afraid the Supreme Court will do its Constitutionally-mandated job, and follow the law. This would require Congress to come up with ever more creative ways NOT to do their job. [See also, “Does the GOP have An Obamacare Contingency Plan?”] Here is how The Hill reports the story, “Republicans fear they will win ObamaCare Read more […]

Unaffordable Care: Obamacare Prices May Go Up 30-50% in Some Regions

Anyone who was honest and not stupid knew that Obamacare prices would skyrocket, so naturally politicians imposed it on us. Do you think health care costs are unaffordable under the (heh) Affordable Health Care Act? Well… medical insurance premiums under Obamacare are going up an additional thirty to fifty percent in 2016. Yes, really!—thirty to fifty percent in some places. Here’s the news from Politico.com: “Experts see big price hikes for Obamacare.” The cost of Obamacare Read more […]

Obamacare Sticker Shock Yet Again?

Just how many years will give us headlines about Obamacare sticker shock? When does the shock end? Megan McArdle has a headline that sound familiar: “Sticker Shock for Some Obamacare Customers.” Why so familiar? Well, one of my headlines from December 24, 2013, mentions Obamacare sticker shock. That was referring to the deductibles. I also linked a late October post of mine that pointed to an NBC News story saying that Obamacare sticker shock was hitting those shopping for the new insurance. Read more […]

Democrats Offer to Solve Obamacare Problems They Created

In a shameless exploitation of Obamacare problems, Democrats are campaigning to rein in costs and bring down deductibles. Remember when we were told that if we liked our plan we could keep our plan and if we liked our doctor we could keep our doctor? The lie was revealed and we have all been forced into disgustingly expensive plans with extremely high premiums that we can’t afford. These new plans involved such high deductibles, that many of us stopped going to the doctor even when we felt we Read more […]

Obamacare Is a Dictatorship, not a System or Law

The Affordable Care Act established a dictatorship more than a system of rules. With the waivers and the other alterations, delays, and other changes made in Obamacare, this is really not surprising. But I think the news about birth control really illustrates the issue even more plainly. As the Washington Times’ report says it plainly in the headline: “HHS rewrites Obamacare rules: Orders free birth control for all.” So that’s it. Orders have been given to you by your government. So Read more […]

Where Are the Lower Obamacare Prices that Were Promised?

The state exchanges aren’t experiencing those lower Obamacare prices we were all led to expect. Just the opposite. Remember when we were told how efficient the health insurance marketplace exchanges would be? Yeah. It’s not working out that way. Thanks to John R. Graham at the Independent blog for pointing out this Washington Post story: “Almost half of Obamacare exchanges face financial struggles in the future.” Nearly half of the 17 insurance marketplaces set up by the states and Read more […]

Income Inequality Is a Loser with Voters

Yesterday was Get-nailed-by-the-IRS Day, so it was a fitting time for the New York Times to publish Thomas B. Edsall’s editorial, “Has Obamacare Turned Voters Against Sharing the Wealth?” The short answer is: Yes.  In 2006, by a margin of more than two to one, 69-28, those surveyed by Gallup said that the federal government should guarantee health care coverage for all citizens of the United States. By late 2014, however, Gallup found that this percentage had fallen 24 points to 45 percent, Read more […]

Obamacare Provides Accessible Healthcare Just Like 2003

Accessible healthcare? No more than before, or worse. John Goodman spells it out at Forbes.com: By one estimate, 14 million people are newly insured because of the Affordable Care Act. In addition millions of others have more generous insurance, promising new benefits. So you might expect that doctors’ offices would be flooded with a host of new patients seeking more care than they had before. It’s not happening. To avoid the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, the recession, and the Read more […]

Obamacare Taxes Are Going to Cost $800 Billion over a Decade

In the period 2013-2022 Obamacare taxes (18 of them) are going to shake down taxpayers for almost a trillion dollars You know, every time you hear about the necessary and much-promised Obamacare subsidies, that someone must be forced to pay a boatload of money to pay for them. Of course, in terms of debt, I wouldn’t be surprised if much of it is going to our children on the supposition that they will pay for it in taxes (wrong: they will pay for it by going through a devastating financial collapse, Read more […]

Jeb Bush Against Obamacare: Is He Credible?

He is now calling it a “monstrosity,” but the history of Jeb Bush against Obamacare is mostly silence and massive corporate profits. Jeb Bush did once rail against Obamacare. But he waited until it had passed and was headed for Obama’s desk and infamous pen. On March 22, 2010, Jeb Bush railed against the Affordable Care Act as a “huge new entitlement” while appearing on Fox News. I’m sure his audience loved what he had to say. I would have if I had been watching that night. But Read more […]

Obamacare Turned Five Yesterday: Who Likes It?

Since Obamacare turned five, shouldn’t the law be popular now like Democrats asserted that it would be? March 23 marked the fifth-year anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Within two years, President Obama won re-election boastfully basking in the nickname for the law. But then things changed. While the Administration tried to deny it, and only a few honest Democrats would admit it, Obamacare was a disaster for Democrats in the 2014 elections. And the discontent is still Read more […]

Broken Window Fallacy and Obamacare Jobs

The broken window fallacy lies in ignoring hidden damage when counting visible success. The broken window fallacy is everywhere in economics today. It basically claims that sophisticated economic analysis will see economic good news in economic bad news. One of the older and still-prevalent instances of the broken window fallacy is the claim that World War II ended the Depression. The idea is that all that spending “stimulated” the economy so that businesses grew and thrived from World Read more […]