Tag: Obamacare

So, where IS the Republican health care plan?

Republicans and most particularly President Donald Trump have screwed up politically by failing to come up with a replacement health care plan for Obamacare that is believable, comprehensive, affordable and practicable. The usual GOP excuse is that the Democrats in their blind partisanship would kill any such plan. Except Republicans never came up with a realistic... Read more »

Little Sisters of the Poor to test the real meaning of religious liberty before the Supreme Court

While reading a biography* of James Madison, I came across this quote from the Father of the American Constitution: The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or... Read more »

The stupid premise of all health care "reform"

Whether it’s Obamacare or the version of health care reform that Republicans are fighting over, the premise of all of them is stupid. The meaning of health insurance has been so corrupted that whatever version–Obamacare or Republicancare or something else–that we end up with will never satisfy everyone. That’s because health insurance used to be... Read more »
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A good debate over whether racial diversity is necessary to make good policy

Can a majority of white men ever make good policy, or is it to be automatically dismissed as bad policy? Does “everyone” have to be included to reach the “right” decision? A good debate follows:

Analysis: House Freedom Caucus racks up a defeat

“Sand in the Gears: The caucus that says no” is a great analysis of the cost of the House  Freedom Caucus’s stubbornness in killing the Republican’s replacement of Obamacare. Before Republicans captured Washington, the unyielding conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus were a nuisance. Now, with the GOP in control of the House, Senate, and White House,... Read more »

Why should young adults be covered by their parents' health care insurance until age 26?

A law requiring insurance companies to allow young adults up to age 26 to stay covered under their parents’ health care insurance is taken as a given. It was one of the first things that Republicans said they would keep when they replace Obamacare with their own plan. Polls confirm that it is one of the most... Read more »
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Here are some Republican plans to replace Obamacare

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has again repeated the canard that Republicans have no plan to replace Obamacare (the misnamed Affordable Care Act). In a way she is right: Republicans don’t have a single plan; they have multiple plans. But that’s not the way that Pelosi wants the uniformed to think. She wants them to... Read more »

The media rewrite what Trump said

This is aggravating. So many in the media are reporting that President-elect Donald Trump is already backing away from his campaign positions. As if it were fact. For example, there’s the assertion that he would get rid of Obamacare and let millions of people go without insurance. But that he softened that position when he talked with... Read more »

That Obamacare is a disastrous failure is indubitable. Now, how to fix it?

Blind partisans and rigid ideologues will refuse to accept the realty that Obamacare (the deceptively  named Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act). Even though rate hikes are enormous (and no one is reported to have saved $2,500 as Barack Obama promised) and the number of choices has been slashed (despite Obama’s promise that you would be able... Read more »
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The Supreme Court, in ratifying Obamacare, gives Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid a jab

Chief Justice John Roberts: Obamacare is so muddled, it’s hard to know what the hell Congress meant. So, we have to interpret the Affordable Care Act more broadly as to Congress’ intent. The stunning decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that the deceptively misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (it does neither), better known... Read more »
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