But Gruber’a ideas, and his deceptions, are part of the foundation of Obamacare. They just don’t want to admit it. Indeed, by trying to escape his remarks, Obamacare’s defenders are amplifying Gruber’s essential point, which wasn’t that Obamacare supporters made up spectacular fabrications but instead that they heavily shaded the truth, presenting it and editing it in a way intended to create a false but politically convenient impression: The deception that he described regarding the crafting and selling of Obamacare is on full display as supporters of the health law desperately attempt to diminish and downplay the role of one of its key architects, despite the plain evidence to the contrary.As an episode in the ongoing saga of Obamacare, it’s both revealing and confirming: The White House and its allies are misleading the public about Gruber just as they have about the law. They don’t want the public to know the full truth about either.
The Supreme Court followed up the landslide election on Tuesday with its own shocker: it announced that it will hear the Burwell case, which challenges the Obama administration’s extension of insurance subsidies in states that do not have health-care exchanges.I think the chances are high that the administration will lose. Because:
1. The plain text of the statute denies subsidies to people who live in states without an exchange.
2. There was no split in the circuits — the lower courts actually seemed to accept the Obama administration’s misreading of its own law.
3. This gives Chief Justice Roberts the chance to atone for his error in upholding Obamacare as a valid use of the taxing clause in that case. His decision in Sebelius did great violence to the Constitution’s protections for federalism — it will be the mission of his Chief Justiceship to repair the damage.
4. The Court will be acting in agreement with, rather than against, majority wishes.
The Obama administration is dramatically reducing expectations for the open-enrollment period that begins on Saturday. HHS now expects 9 million to 9.9 million individuals to obtain coverage through the state and federal exchanges for 2015.
That range was contained in a memo released by the agency Monday. That’s far short of the 13 million enrollments projected by the Congressional Budget Office for 2015.
Today, the Manhattan Institute is publishing my 20,000-word, 68-page health reform proposal entitled “Transcending Obamacare: A Patient-Centered Plan for Near-Universal Coverage and Permanent Fiscal Solvency.” It represents a novel approach to health reform: neither accepting Obamacare as is, nor requiring the law’s repeal to move forward. And yet its ambition is to permanently solve our health care entitlement problem, while also expanding coverage for the uninsured.
An informative video on “job creation” in health care. Health Care | Marketplace.org.
CBO | Updated Estimates of the Effects of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, April 2014April 15, 2014
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have updated their estimates of the budgetary effects of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to health insurance coverage. The new estimates, which are included in CBO’s latest baseline projections, reflect CBO’s most recent economic forecast, account for administrative actions taken and regulations issued through March 2014, and incorporate new data and various modeling updates.
The state’s Republican-dominated Senate voted Thursday to expand health care coverage to an estimated 50,000 adults using Medicaid funding made available through the Affordable Care Act.
The bill moves to the House, which has passed similar legislation. Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, praised the bill, calling it “a New Hampshire-specific solution to making sure that we can have health care coverage for working men and women throughout the state who haven’t had it before.”
New Hampshire would join a small group of states, including Arkansas and Iowa, that have opted to expand health care to low-income adults with programs that focus not on expanding their existing Medicaid programs, as 25 other states and Washington, D.C., have done, but on using federal Medicaid money to buy private health insurance.