Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

Someone Please Tell Healthcare That Obama’s Destroying It

March 9, 2014 — Someone should tell healthcare that Obama is destroying it. In the four years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in March, 2010, the value of investments in the U.S. healthcare industry has grown by more than 100%, outpacing the total U.S. equities market, which has done pretty well itself. The trend accelerated in […]

Three Ways You’ll Pay More for Healthcare in 2014

December 21, 2013 — Cheery statistics about healthcare cost trends are nice, but it’s becoming clear that you’ll pay more for healthcare out of pocket in 2014. Employers are continuing to experiment with cost shifting as a strategy to make people more thoughtful about their healthcare choices. Here are three ways your out of pocket costs will mount in […]

Three Openings for Obesity in the Affordable Care Act

December 6, 2013 — The Obesity Society’s advocacy advisor, Ted Kyle, recently talked with the Cronkite News Service about openings for better coverage of obesity in the Affordable Care Act (embedded video below). The ACA is a bit of a mixed bag for people concerned about obesity, but it provides some good openings for progress. The three most important […]

Flatter Healthcare Spending: Boon or Bane?

November 23, 2013 — A new report from the U.S. Council of Economic Advisors tells us that healthcare spending growth over the last three years is the flattest ever recorded. Per capita health spending has grown just 1.3% in this period. For Democrats, this glorious triumph is proof that Obamacare is already working perfectly. For Republicans, this terrible news […]

The Hated White Whale of Obamacare

October 19, 2013 — This week it seems that the Republican party has had a tough time going after the hated white whale of Obamacare. A centerpiece of Obamacare, the healthcare.gov website hit the public stage as an absolute train wreck on October 1. But Republicans kept that train wreck out of the headlines by creating a crisis with […]

Obamacare Glass Half Full?

October 12, 2013 — Right now, almost two weeks into enrollment, it’s hard to tell: Is the Obamacare glass half full, empty, or just a bloody mess? It does seem like the team behind Obamacare has avoided the nightmare scenario of having no takers. Health insurance exchanges have been flooded with millions of people shopping for health insurance. They’ve […]

Through the Looking Glass of Healthcare

September 28, 2013 — We seem to have gone through the looking glass of healthcare into Alice’s Wonderland where nothing makes sense. Consider what’s unfolding before us. One end of the political spectrum is busy selling insurance for an industry hoping to get millions of new customers. An enthusiastic hospital industry is joining the effort because they see a […]

More People Shopping for Health Insurance

September 21, 2013 — More people, in more places, will soon be shopping for health insurance. Health insurers are opening retail stores in trendy locations to be sure they get their share of the millions of people expected to buy health insurance when open enrollment begins October 1. Adding to the queue of people buying insurance are retirees and […]

Prepping the Queue for Health Exchanges

September 7, 2013 — Health exchanges will open October 1 for uninsured people to buy health insurance in a competitive marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And activity to prepare for this launch is building to a fever pitch. All 50 states will have exchanges up and running: 27 will be run by the federal government, 15 states […]

Estimates Grow for Uninsured Covered by Obamacare

August 24, 2013 — Based on a USA Today survey summarizing the results of 19 reporting states, the number of uninsured individuals expected to purchase a health insurance plan through the exchanges established under Obamacare is estimated to top 8.5 million. That number exceeds the government’s original 50-state estimate of 7 million. In 2011, there were 48 million people […]