December 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama can't yet claim to have turned a corner, but he does seem to have stopped a politically damaging slide in public approval for himself and his new healthcare law, new polling data indicate. After seven months of steady decline, public approval of Obama's job performance has ticked upward, according to a new Pew Research Center survey . The poll finds 45% of Americans approve of Obama's work and 49% disapprove. That's the highest approval and closest margin since mid-summer, when the president's ratings first turned negative.
December 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Sunday it had met its deadline to fix the major problems that have hobbled the federal healthcare website since its disastrous debut two months ago, but officials acknowledged that further repairs were necessary. Reporting on its attempts to improve the HealthCare.gov portal, officials said that Web pages on the site now loaded in less than one second, down from eight seconds in late October. The system now operates more than 90% of the time, up from 40% during some weeks in October.
November 25, 2013 |
Want to know exactly how great it is to be the Dodgers these days? You can afford a $10-million insurance policy. Meet Dan Haren, insurance. And yet more evidence of how polar opposite the Guggenheim Dodgers are from the ones taken into bankruptcy by Frank McCourt. The Dodgers have agreed to terms with Haren on a one-year, $10-million deal. If he passes his physical - probably not as automatic as with most signings - he could become their fifth starter. If he pitches like he did in his last 13 games (6-3, 3.14 ERA, .224 opponents batting average)
November 21, 2013 |
Defying President Obama, the board of directors for the state's new health insurance exchange, Covered California, voted unanimously Thursday not to allow the 11 insurers that are selling plans on the exchange to revive their canceled policies. Meanwhile, new statistics emerged that shed more light on the people losing their policies and the ones signing up through the exchange. The board's decision not to allow the policies was the right policy decision, no matter how much blowback it generates.
November 20, 2013 |
When it comes to his healthcare law, President Obama faces a political version of what insurance folks call "adverse selection": All the bad news is sticking to him and most of the good news is sticking to someone else. Adverse selection, as we've been hearing lately, is what happens when a health insurance plan attracts too many sick people and not enough healthy ones. The plan's costs go up, its rates rise, healthy people drop out and, before you know it, you're in what actuaries call a death spiral.
November 15, 2013 |
For Republicans who found themselves on the losing end in November - and particularly the Republican who lost to President Obama - the events of the last few weeks have been sweet comeuppance. First the website portal for Obamacare, the healthcare plan the GOP had railed against throughout 2012, collapsed at its Oct. 1 opening. Then the president was forced to acknowledge that, contrary to his oft-uttered line, some people would lose their insurance policies as a result of his plan.