Leaders of the Republican Party are still predicting that Obamacare will be a disaster, one that will wreak havoc on American health care. Most of their allies in the media say the same thing. But a small group of conservative intellectuals has been warning that the law might not be so apocalyptical—that, with full implementation about to begin, wholesale repeal may no longer be possible.
Obamacare got some bad news late Thursday afternoon. State officials in Indiana announced that premiums for residents buying insurance on their own next year would be 72 percent higher than the premiums such people typically pay this year. They also announced that the typical cost for an individual plan next year would be $570, up from $255 this year.
President Obama on Thursday touted some good news about Obamacare. And, lord knows, he’s earned the right. Republicans and conservative intellectuals keep seizing on setbacks—some real, some imagined—and predicting that Obamacare will be a catastrophe.
Obamacare got some good press this morning, for a change. According to state officials in New York, insurance premiums for residents buying coverage on their own will fall by 50 percent next year, thanks to the new health care law. That’s before taking into account the federal subsidies that, for many and possibly most insurance buyers, will lower premiums even more. You’ve heard of “rate shock”? This would be the good kind—assuming it all checks out.
The Obama Administration’s decision to delay enforcement of Obamacare’s “employer mandate” produced some predictable reactions on the right. House Speaker John Boehner started talking about “train wrecks,” Erick Erickson advised Republicans to “go for the kill,” and so on.
Ohio's lieutenant governor is misleading the public about Obamacare 'rate shock'
Ohio's lieutenant governor is misleading the public about Obamacare 'rate shock'.
The truth about what those healthy 25-year-olds will pay
Not all healthy 25-year-olds will pay more under Obamacare. Here's why.
How an irresponsible Forbes writer distorted the debate
How an irresponsible Forbes writer distorted the debate.
Obamacare hate is a full-time occupation on the right. But a story from Monday’s New York Times is a reminder that some pieces of the law should have conservatives celebrating, for the same reason they are leaving liberals like me a little queasy.
Nursing homes, fast-food restaurants think up ways to shirk employer responsibility
Have nursing homes, fast-food restaurants, and other low-wage employers found a way to avoid paying for full insurance?