As a nearly 25-year-old, healthy, non-smoking male living in San Francisco, I’ve spent the last six months preparing to be screwed by the Affordable Care Act.
People losing their insurance is a bigger story, unfortunately, than people getting insurance for the first time.
And Obama encouraged them to think they could
You can't get better insurance and pay the same old price for it.
The House just passed Fred Upton’s bill. He calls it the “Keep Your Health Plan Act,” because its ostensible purpose is to make sure people losing their existing health plans can keep them. It might or might not have that effect. But an equally accurate description would be “Go Back to the Old Lousy Health Care System Act.” Under its provisions, insurers could keep denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, continue selling policies that have huge gaps, and so on.
Healthcare.gov's troubles are symptomatic of a much larger problem of congressional malaise toward new technologies.
A fiasco that could haunt progressives for years to come
A disaster that could undercut progressive ambitions for years to come
Attention, scared Democrats: Resisting the urge to tweak now is in your political interest later
Attention, scared liberals: Resisting pressure to tweak the law now is in your political interest later. Here's why.
President Obama on Thursday announced a new administration initiative designed to help that small portion of Americans whose insurers are cancelling existing policies.It’s not clear how much impact it will actually have, which means many (and probably most) of the people losing coverage aren’t likely to get those same policies back. But it appears the plan does minimal damage to the rest of Obamacare, which means the millions of people about to get insurance for the first time—or get cheaper, more comprehensive coverage than they had before—will still get those benefits.
Five reasons a Congressional fix will be destructive
House Republicans have rallied behind the cause of people getting insurance cancellation notices—and, on Friday, they will vote on a measure that will purportedly allow these people to keep their current policies. The bill might not work as intended, but it might well have another set of consequences. It would allow insurer companies to keep discriminating against the sick, while selling people policies that leave them exposed to crippling bills in case of serious illness.