November 30, 2013
Re "Hail the panderer in chief," Opinion, Nov. 26 According to Jonah Goldberg, President Obama is rigidly ideological and shamelessly pandering at the same time. Neat trick. The president's Affordable Care Act may be many things, but the ideologically progressive position it is not. We progressives wanted a single-payer, Medicare-for-all program. Failing that, we wanted a "public option. " What we got instead was a market-based program first proposed by the Heritage Foundation and first put in place in Massachusetts by the last Republican presidential candidate.
November 28, 2013 |
In Oregon, a state envied for its high tech, sign-ups under the new federal healthcare law have been anything but. About 400 newly hired workers in Salem are processing paper applications by the thousands for health insurance under President Obama's law. They review each 19-page application, calculate eligibility for tax subsidies, and then mail back a packet of each consumer's options - which the customers must mail back to complete the sign-up process....
November 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to jump into a growing legal dispute between the Obama administration and businesses run by conservative Christians over whether a company must pay for birth control drugs that conflict with its owner's religious beliefs. The decision to hear the cases, which could affect millions of women with employer-provided health plans, means that for a second time, the justices will decide the fate of a key part of President Obama's healthcare law. Last year, the court in a 5-4 decision upheld the requirement that individuals obtain basic health insurance or pay a tax penalty.
November 26, 2013 |
"I'm not a particularly ideological person," President Obama told an audience of donors in Seattle over the weekend. He added (in Reuters' words) that "pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him. " This is an old refrain of Obama's. As he said in his first inaugural, "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works. " "What works" is a cruel standard for the author of Obamacare, which may be one reason the White House has taken to scrubbing the sobriquet from its website and the president's speeches in favor of the law's official name, the Affordable Care Act. PHOTO ESSAY: Obamacare -- and 8 other bungled launches I'm tempted just to bang my spoon on my high chair about the ridiculous notion that Obama isn't "ideological.
November 22, 2013
Re "Obama's reversal of fortune," Opinion, Nov. 20 Doyle McManus seems to be assuming the worst when he writes that "every individual story of someone dissatisfied with their insurance choices will serve as a renewed reminder that Obama made promises that weren't true. " Ironically, on the same page, as part of his interview with Patt Morrison, Kaiser Foundation head Drew Altman noted: "A lot is going to turn on what the news media do; this law is ripe for death by anecdote....
November 21, 2013 |
The Rubik's Cube that is healthcare reform might have become even more puzzling for some people Thursday after the operator of California's online insurance exchange rejected President Obama's call for extending the life of canceled policies. Covered California said it'll stick with its Dec. 31 deadline. All plans that don't comply with the requirements of Obamacare must go adios by that day. Unless, that is, they've been grandfathered in. Color June Maguire confused. The 88-year-old Mission Viejo resident was among numerous people who have contacted me in recent days to ask what's what with the Affordable Care Act and what's this grandfathering thing all about anyhow?