October 14, 2013 |
The bullet, of course, is the disastrous rollout of the government's sign-up website for federal health insurance exchanges, which has prevented countless Americans from signing up for health coverage. The dodge was graciously provided by the House Republican caucus, which chose to distract the public's attention with its quixotic effort to "defund" the Affordable Care Act by shutting down the government, thus placing the workaday financial pain facing millions of America's at the top of the news cycle.
October 21, 2013 |
President Obama addressed the nation Monday about the technical problems that have roiled the Oct. 1 launch of the health insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov, where consumers have struggled to sign up for new plans under the Affordable Care Act. “We are confident we will get all the problems fixed,” said Obama , who also reminded us that we're just three weeks into a six-month enrollment period. That doesn't excuse the blunders, which, The Times' editorial board argues , are “mind-boggling and inexcusable, especially considering how much time the government had to prepare.” The board also warned that failure to fix the website glitches ASAP “could inflict a greater toll on the Affordable Care Act than the law's opponents have.” And while Obama said Monday that “nobody's madder than me that the website's not working as well as it should,” readers commenting on our discussion board want to see the president hold people accountable for the mistakes made.
November 6, 2013 |
The most prominent example of Obamacare victimization being offered at the moment comes from Edie Littlefield Sundby of San Diego, a businesswoman who related in a Wall Street Journal op-ed earlier this week how Obamacare is threatening her life by depriving her of access to her cancer doctors. “I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky,” she wrote, explaining that she has survived stage-4 gallbladder cancer for seven years through treatment by doctors at Stanford, UC San Diego and Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
February 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Fans of the Jet City Rollergirls are hearing public announcements about Obamacare when they go to the roller derby track north of Seattle. Univision, the nation's largest Spanish-language television network, is airing half-hour specials about healthy living and educating viewers about how to sign up for coverage under President Obama's health law. And tax preparers at thousands of Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block offices are talking to their customers about how to enroll in the new insurance plans sold through the law's online marketplaces.
October 8, 2013 |
For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there's an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith. The term was coined by the libertarian economist Robert Higgs. In his book "Crisis and Leviathan," Higgs described how the state takes on massive new powers during a crisis, usually wars. When the crisis subsides, the state relinquishes some of those powers, but it never gives them all back.
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September 20, 2013 |
A Sacramento County Democratic Party official has resigned in the wake of comments he made about an aide to Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and her family. When Cruz aide Amanda Carpenter voiced support for the senator's threat to filibuster until the Senate agreed to strip funding for the president's health-care law, Sacramento County Democratic Party spokesman Allan Brauer responded on Twitter that he hoped that she and her family "die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases" The comments sparked calls for Brauer's resignation, which was announced by the local party Friday afternoon.
April 30, 2012 |
In my column on Sunday , I quoted Mitt Romney's warning last week that President Obama's health reform law could doom the free-enterprise system in the United States. “With Obamacare fully installed,” Romney said, “government will come to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free-enterprise society.” Could that be true? Would "Obamacare," which relies mostly on free-enterprise health insurance companies, really turn America into a socialist state?
June 29, 2012 |
Within minutes of the Supreme Court decision upholding "Obamacare 's" individual mandate as a valid exercise of Congress' taxing powers, there were rumbles in the blogosphere that conservatives would snatch victory from the jaws of their defeat. Sure, Chief Justice John Roberts' opinion saved "Obamacare" by choosing from Column B of the government's justification for the mandate. But (that crafty devil!) he also furthered the long-term conservative project of weakening Congress' power to regulate the national economy (and arguably un-national, un-economic conduct like racial discrimination at drugstores)
January 17, 2013 |
Using “fascism” to describe President Obama's healthcare reform was “poor use of an emotionally charged word,” according to John Mackey, co-chief executive and co-founder of Whole Foods Market. In a blog post Thursday, Mackey said he “definitely” regrets using the term, which “today stirs up too much negative emotion with its horrific associations in the 20th century.” The mea culpa came amid a surge of criticism after Mackey's interview earlier this week with NPR, in which he said that Obama's policies are “technically speaking … more like fascism” instead of socialism.
October 2, 2013 |
Good news, President Obama: Americans support the Affordable Care Act, as Jimmy Kimmel showed Tuesday night. The bad news: They hate Obamacare. Of course, we all know that "Obamacare" is the pejorative shorthand for the Affordable Care Act, Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law being held ransom by House Republicans who cite the American people's dislike of the legislation as their reason for bringing much of the federal government to a halt. Correction: As Kimmel showed , some of us know.